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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

Monday, 12 December 2011

Trade Shows and Exhibitions in 2012

During 2012 I am hoping to attend both the New Design Britain Awards in Birmingham at the end of January and Print Source trade show in New York at the beginning of April.
Some students that graduated from CCAD are showing at the New Design Britain Awards so it will be really exciting to see their work and get inspiration from all of the other brilliant Interiors companies/designers that will be exhibiting!
I am keen to attend both as they provide a great opportunity to see the high standard and quality of work needed to succeed in the industry and begin to network with professionals in the area I hope to enter after my degree.

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Tuesday, 6 December 2011


Having been looking at artwork by Mondrian and Picasso, and art movements like Cubism, Surrealism and Bauhaus, I have decided to add an abstract twist to my work. I will be drawing florals and foliage in a distorted, experimental way; cutting them up and putting them back together, using spots/lines/squares, rearranging and also leaving them unfinished to create abstract, geometric patterns.

The following images are amongst wide range of imagery that will be informing my project:

Abstract floral pattern by Jo Pierce, made up from crosses and dots

Surrealism drawing from ‘Surrealism’ book by RenĂ© Passeron

Fish to Fly’ wallpaper design by Johanna Basford, 2006

Colour Palette

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Final Major Project

I am in shock that I am researching and drawing for my final major project?! I can't believe that this is it, the biggy! I am determined to put to the test everything I have learnt over the past few years at CCAD and produce some work I can be extremely proud of!
My passion lies with Interiors and I particularly enjoy designing for wallpapers so this is what I will be doing for my FMP.
The title is 'Rejuvenation' - I aim to create floral wallpaper designs with an abstract, distorted twist so I am going to be really creative and experimental with my drawings and design development.
Below are a few drawings I have been busy working on this weekend.