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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

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Today I have...

... been busy playing around with different design ideas, trying to push myself out of my comfort zone and create designs that are unusual and interesting to the eye. 
During my degree, I tended to stay safe and trust my hand drawing skills to create intricate repeats. So now that I have some time, I am keen to further my CAD skills to create more complicated, eye-catching designs.

NYC Skyline

  I took some really nice images from the top of the Empire State Building looking across New York City late at night so I have been looking to use them in some design work.
These are some quick repeats put together by mirroring the photographs so that the patterns flows fluidly.
The designs on the right are the original photographs in repeat, but the ones of the left are created using the 'invert' tool on Photoshop. I love the contrast it creates; one click of a button and it creates another beautiful patterns that are completely different to the original. 


The original image for this design was a close up of tree park from Central Park during my trip to NYC in April. 
I mirrored the image and put it into a block repeat then experimented with the hue/saturation tools on Photoshop to create these pieces. 

Backing Cloth 

This design uses an image i took during my time in the print rooms creating my FMP wallpaper designs at CCAD. At first glance, some people would not think to use things like this to create designs but I think there is something really interesting about the marks and colours left on backing clothes.


 Very much inspired by the gorgeous CAD designs by Catalina Estrada, these designs are bold and beautiful. I am very happy with the outcome and I definitely feel that my CAD skills are developing well! 

What do you think? 

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