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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

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Productive days are happy ones!

Today has been really good, I feel like I have accomplished quite a lot. I started some design development and I am so excited to be designing again; this is where I feel comfortable and can really show off my skills. I love playing around with different motifs, scale and repeats to put my designs together and I feel like I really shine when it comes to development sheets playing around with colour combinations and different media. I am really passionate about wallpaper design and I feel that it shows in my dedication and the work I produce.

Starting points in my sketchbook- showing colour, inspiration and market research:

Inspirational designers include Louise Tiler, Jo Pierce, James Francis Millar, Longina Phillips Designs and Johanna Basford.

Development Sheets

26.5cm x 26.5cm block repeat
3layered floral design - 1x observational, 1x textured silhouette, 1x linear outline

26.5cm x 26.5cm block repeat
geometric patterned background with detailed observational florals on top

I have tried to bring in an abstract feel to my designs, with geometric patterns in the backgrounds, but still allow my detailed drawing style to stand out to create beautiful, innovative wallpaper designs.
These are the two that I started today and I have many more ideas to play around with; lots of different motifs, trying out 53cm x 53cm layouts, half drop repeats. I will then experiment with colour ways, different media (including the materials given by Derwent!!) and screen print techniques.

Busy, busy bee!