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Delicate designs with an illustrative edge - highly detailed surface pattern and illustration, inspired by life and created with love. Sarah Fleming is a graduate of Cleveland College of Art & Design, where she studied Textiles and Surface Design, specialising in design for the home furnishings and greetings market. Inspired by the detail and beautiful patterns found in nature and her surroundings, Sarah is motivated to achieve beautiful, highly informative observational drawings. She showed an interest in Art from a very early age and has developed a great passion for Textiles and Surface Design. This huge passion spurs her on to work extremely hard, full of enthusiasm to create new and exciting design ideas. Sarah has developed a detailed, tight drawing style which helps her to achieve her beautiful observational drawings. However, she is also able to work in a very sketchy, illustrative style too - showing her as a very versatile designer, capable of adapting where relevant to confidently produce designs for both the commercial and more niche markets. For work enquiries please contact Sarah at sarahfleming11@hotmail.com

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Tis the season!...

Image copyright to Sarah Fleming

Last week I went home for some much needed time with my family which was lovely! Whilst I was there I finished off my Christmas shopping and the lights in the village were switched on so I have got well into the Christmas spirit now.
I can't believe this will be my last Christmas with the girls at CCAD and my housemates in Hartlepool, it is crazy how quickly the time has passed.
So, I decided to make two chocolate logs - one for my housemates and one for some of the girls at Uni, as a thank you for being fabulous and to say Merry Christmas!

Baking is something I love to do, I find it relaxing and love being creative.
I am really pleased with how it has turned out - fingers crossed it tastes as good as it looks!

Thursday, 24 November 2011

It's the taking part that counts...

I am really keen to enter competitions during my final year at CCAD and thereafter. I think it is a great way of getting your name and work out there in the industry and getting noticed!
I am looking to enter The Bradford Textile Society competition again this year with designs from my minor project but for now I have created a digital design for a competition created by The Pink Pig company. I have used imagery that I did not get to use during my minor project create a design a sketchbook front cover. I have kept the pattern fairly simple and gone for a cute, ditsy floral design which I think will appeal to a wide range of girls and women.
Hope you like it!

Competition details available at - http://www.yourpiglet.co.uk/win-300-free-entry/

Monday, 21 November 2011

Product Board

I have been working hard the past few months to develop my CAD skills as I know what an important skill it is to have for the industry now, and I am really proud of the room setting I managed to create for my product board to show off my furnishing fabrics!

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Minor Project Hand-In

My Minor project deadline is tomorrow so I have been busy tying up loose ends today ready to hand everything in. I am nervous because I have worked extremely hard these past weeks and I am proud of what I have achieved, really pushing myself and my skills to create some interesting, eye-catching designs. But I am excited to move on to my Final Major project now I have more of an idea what it is I want to do, however if that passes as quickly as this project has I'll blink and be graduating!!

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Nothing is perfect

This weekend I have been working really hard to further develop one of my original designs. I was not happy with it because I felt it did not compliment the rest of my fabric collection and so I have gone back to Photoshop to continue playing around to create something more successful.
Below are images of a variety of colour ways that I experimented with.

This is the final idea that I think I will be using a final. I am going to do some test digital prints to make sure that the colours and design compliment those in my other finals to make sure I have the best collection of designs I can.

Saturday, 12 November 2011

Minor project deadline is looming...

The 8weeks of my Minor project are nearly up, and although I still have one more design to play around with I have started to think about creating room setting ideas to display my prints as the furnishing fabrics they are intended to be. I wanted something that would give me a variety of products to work with like cushions, curtains and blinds so I went to the library and flicked through a few Elle Decorations, World of Interiors and Mix journals to see what I could find.
The images below are of the photocopied images I found with my prints added on in areas. I have done these by hand as I found it quicker and easier to see how they would look, but if I can get my head around doing it on Photoshop/Illustrator then I will do it digitally for a more professional finish.

Let me know what you think!

Monday, 7 November 2011

Amanda Lincoln

The beautiful wallpapers above are by the surface pattern & graphic designer Amanda Lincoln.
I love these designs, they are simple but so very effective and the colour palettes are fresh and appealing. I have only featured two from the collection but lots more fabulous designs can be seen on her blog at http://amandalincoln.blogspot.com/
Hope you all love it as much as I do!!

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Sneak Peek

Here's a few pics of some of the prints I have produced over the past week.
Let me know what you think!

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Amazing Opportunity!

Basso & Brooke are holding a workshop in London to share their knowledge and expertise of digital print.
This is so exciting!! I love the bold, eye-catching prints this fashion design duo produce and to work alongside them to create prints would be such a brilliant experience! Sadly, I don't think my student loan will stretch far enough to pay for me to go but have a look on their blog for more info...
Photos taken from http://www.bassoandbrooke.com/blogs/