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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, 24 March 2013

Australia - Internship with Belladonna Digital Imaging

During mid February - mid March, I had the plea­sure of interning with the lovely Suzi Kerr and Denis Spooner from Belladonna Digital Imaging in Strathewen, Australia. 

I flew over from the UK and they very kindly let me stay with them for a month whilst completing my internship. 
During my time there we visited lots of places in and around Melbourne and I was completely inspired by everyone and everything. I met some fantastic people whom I hope to keep in touch with and work with in the future. 

For my internship, I was responsible for cre­at­ing beau­ti­ful sur­face pat­terns to be fea­tured in Belladonna's very own ‘Bespoke Liv­ing’ range of tex­tiles, cush­ions and wall­pa­persAs a young designer, I think it is really important for me to gain as much industry experience as possible which Suzi and Denis definitely helped me with during my internship.
Not only was I lucky enough to draw and design for their first collection of designs but Suzi also allowed me the chance to develop my knowledge of the business side of things. This involvedaccompanying her to meetings with clients, lunches with ladies in the Interiors market in Australia and giving me fantastic advice if I were to start up a business of my own. 
At this point I would also like to thank Tamara Schneider of Funky Wombat Textiles for all of her help, advice and support too!

With the inspiring people and places that surrounded me it was inevitable that I would produce some of the best design work that I feel I have ever done. 

My brief was to create drawings for two different collections - geometric and nature inspired (with perhaps a few damasks thrown in there somewhere!)
This was something I was very excited about as I had played around with both themes during my Final Major Project at University and I knew these trends were huge in Australia so I wanted to add my twist to them!

So, here's a few samples and product shots of my designs for Belladonna Digital Imaging 
*please note these images are subject to copyright, please do not use without permission*

What do you guys think?

For more details and to see the full range please visit Belladonna Digital Imaging's website!
We would love to hear your feedback.

Sarah x


  1. You're so lucky! An internship in Australia - brilliant!

    I love the patterns you designed.

  2. Hi Jenny. Yes I am very lucky indeed! I had the best experience. Thank you, I'm glad you like them!

  3. Well done Sarah.... Everything looks amazing! X

  4. They look great. Loving that lime and black wallpaper. Kx

  5. Thanks Kathryn! That's one of my favourites too x