Thank you so much to Suzi Kerr and Denis Spooner of Belladonna Digital Imaging for this fantastic reference regarding my internship with their company in Australia earlier this year.
"TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN
Re: Miss Sarah Fleming - Surface Pattern Designer & Illustrator
We are delighted to provide this testimonial for Miss Sarah Fleming.
From February to March 2013 Sarah undertook an internship as a surface pattern designer with our business. During her month in Australia, Sarah also boarded with us. We did not know Sarah prior to her visit. She took the initiative to contact us after learning about our business via social
Sarah has a very strong work ethic. She is absolutely committed to her craft and was keen to learn everything she could whilst here. Even though our business has a fairly relaxed atmosphere, Sarah never once took advantage of that. She was at work early every morning and we often had to prize her away from her task at the end of the day.
Ability to follow a brief
Sarah's brief was to produce designs suitable for wallpaper and fabrics for cushions and lampshades. We asked her to focus on two styles - geometric patterns and designs inspired by nature. Having given Sarah this basic brief, she set to the task with admirable diligence. Not once did we have to prompt her to remain on task. Sarah researched the type of designs and colour ways that are currently popular in Australia, even visiting new display homes for ideas.
Sarah then produced some beautiful drawings which she scanned into the computer and, using both Photoshop and Illustrator, turned into repeat patterns. We work with several interior design professionals and the feedback from them regarding Sarah's work has been incredibly positive.
They love her designs and so do we! There has been interest from interior designers in purchasing cushions with Sarah's patterns and a designer has just included one of her designs in an ebook feautring their favourite textile patterns.
Attitude & Skill
Sarah is an absolute pleasure to work with. She is professional and cooperative and works well autonomously. She also became very much part of our team and gets on well with everyone.
She is a highly gifted, creative talent, capable of producing everything from delicate and intricate floral designs to bold and quirky geometrics.
As mentioned, Sarah also boarded with us during her month in Australia. Sarah settled right in like she was part of the family. She was a delight to have around and we were very sad to see her go. She is welcome back at any time. We cannot praise Sarah highly enough and would recommend her wholeheartedly to anyone looking to employ Sarah, either within their business or as a freelance designer. Her work and her attitude are, quite simply, exemplary.
Creative Design Partner
29th March 2013"