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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

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Wedding Invitation commission


A few months ago, I was approached about designing wedding invitations for a family friend and his fiance for their wedding in April 2013. I was both surprised and excited at being asked and of course, jumped at the chance - what a great opportunity! 

This was to be my first experience of designing and making wedding invitations. 
I had my collection of Christmas cards on the go but that was just a little project for fun; this project was  a lot more professional and I didn't want to let the lovely couple down!

The bride and groom specified for a 3-fold invitation for the day, which would have a little flap for inserts, and that they would like a blue/burnt yellow/white colour scheme. 
The rest was up to me...

So, I went ahead and did a little research then put some ideas together on photoshop

Front of Day Invitation


3-fold Day invitation - flat

 I designed the scroll pattern myself to add a unique touch to the invitations.


With the approval of the happy couple, I began to gather materials and get to work on creating the 60 day and 70 evening invitations.

This involved measuring, cutting, sticking and putting together each individual invitation precisely and professionally, ensuring I achieved the highest quality finish - and of course adding a few diamantes here and there for that special sparkle!

And here we have it, a couple of snap shots of the finished pieces...


What do you think?


I would just like to say a massive thank you to Alex and Mike for giving me this opportunity.
It has been a big learning curve and a great experience.
I wish you all the luck for your married life together!

Friday, 25 January 2013

Feature Friday - Decorque


For this week's 'Feature Friday', I am excited to be sharing the work of 'Decorque', a family-run business based in Oxfordshire. 


Lesley Rudman Stevens not only owns and runs the business, but she also brings her surface pattern design experience and skill to the beautiful designs on the Decorque products.
Trained in fashion and textiles, Lesley creates designs with a fashion-oriented look for a wide range of home decorative items that Decorque produce, including placemats, coasters, art prints, greetings cards and tags. 
Working alongside Lesley in the design field is Harriet Rudman Stevens. Harriet is a qualified graphic designer, works as a full-time window designer AND partners Aaron Hawkins to manage the look of Decorque online!

Overseeing the administration, logistics and distribution needs of the business is Christopher Stevens, bringing an all important wealth of experience in global e-commerce matters to the business. 


What a talented, busy family! Now for the designs and products...


I instantly fell in love with everything on the Decorque website
I am a complete sucker for anything floral/butterfly/bird based so finding designs that combined all of these completely brought out the girly girl in me !

Both imagery and colour are equally stunning throughout all of their items, creating the most gorgeous, decorative designs that are so easy on the eye.

 Butterfly Tree A3 Art Print

I have found it completely impossible to choose a favourite to feature from the range of GORGEOUS art prints as each one is as equally beautiful and interesting as the next.
The Butterfly Tree print above layers combinations of florals and butterflies to create a delicate, feminine design which I just adore. 
I can definitely see the fashion-oriented look translating into these designs and how they work across the full range of Decorque products, showing how versatile they are!

For the full range of art prints, visit here!



I was particularly intrigued by Decorque's range of cork placemats and coasters.
They all use the stunning designs typical of the Decorque style and are available in 3 different shapes - circular, rectangular and square.


The high-quality, sustainable cork used is long-lasting and heat resistant making them perfect for placemats and coasters. Chosen for their non-allergenic, easy-to-handle and tactile properties, they are safe and environmentally friendly. 
To find out more about these products which make the most beautiful gifts for loved ones, visit here!

Popular designs/items include:



Decorque is a fairly new company but I can see they will go from strength to strength due to their gorgeous designs and products, and I cannot wait to see how they develop!

For more information and full range of products, visit:




All images in this post copyright 2013 Decorque Ltd.

Friday, 18 January 2013

Under The Sea!








 This is my first complete collection of designs since I graduated from University, so any feedback would be so greatly appreciated! Feel free to leave a comment in the box below. 

Thank you!



Feature Friday - Kate Marsden


Kate Marsden is the lovely lady behind 'Made by Mrs M'.

Kate worked for a Law Firm after studying Fashion and Textiles at Lincoln College in the mid 1990s, but soon realised she needed an outlet for her creativity. This led her to take part in a few short courses in textiles, painting and ceramics at Chelsea College of Art - ending in her developing the 'Made by Mrs M' label.



Surface Pattern Design is Kate's real passion. Her paintings and sketches create such lovely quirky, interesting patterns for a range of products - fabric, ceramics, cross stitch and knitting.

Here are a few of my favourite pieces from her newly updated website Made By Mrs M

Guildhall Plate

 Park Hill Cushions

 Fabric Scraps

I love little collections of fabric scraps; they are such cute presents for crafty people like myself!

Cross stitich

I find Kate's cross stitch pieces so interesting. Each one uses her definitive style but are still different, which makes me look forward to seeing the next as you never know what great ideas she will come up with next! 

 Screen Prints - 50's city


Scribble cups, saucers and plates

These patterns and products are available to buy through Kate's website, Folksy and Society 6 - definitely worth a peek!!

Keep the great work coming Kate!


All images in this post copyright 2013 Kate Marsden 

Saturday, 12 January 2013

Under The Sea

Here's a little sneak peak at my latest project 'Under The Sea'





Plenty more drawing and designing to do with this theme and I am really looking forward to exploring and experimenting!


All images copyright 2013 Sarah Fleming

Friday, 11 January 2013

Feature Friday - Funky Wombat Textiles




I'm so excited to share with you the fantastic work of Funky Wombat Textiles this week!
I am fairly new to their designs but I am just in awe of the brilliant drawing and patterns in all of their work and wanted to share a few of my favourites with you all.
Funky Wombat Textiles is a surface pattern and design studio based in Melbourne, launched by the extremely talented Tamara Schneider. 
They create contemporary, sophisticated patterns for the Interiors and Homeware market, drawing inspiration from a wide range of themes including architecture, nature, colour and historical textile design. 

What first drew me to Funky Wombat Textiles' work was the brilliant drawings that make up their designs. For example, the drawing above of the Red Tailed Black Cockatoo. The detail captured in the drawing is just incredible; they look so lifelike, I can't wait to see how they are developed into a design!


Funky Wombat Textiles creates unique patterns for both hard and soft surfaces to be used in both home and commercial spaces. Their ranges of fabric, wallpaper and lampshades are digitally printed and manufactured within Australia, and are made to order.




The beautiful hand drawn imagery is put together to create the most stunning designs, like above.
Not only do I love the imagery, but the use of colour. I'm not usually one for bright colours but the King Parrot in this design is so eye-catching, working perfectly with the simple yet sophisticated branches of leaves in the background. 


I wish I had come across Funky Wombat Textiles sooner, I feel their work would have been a fantastic inspiration for my projects during University. I feel our styles are quite similar in the way that I too enjoy drawing quite literal images, capturing lots of detail in a very sophisticated way.
I think the Wild Animals design above has to be my favourite! Although not typically detailed like the ones up above, the imagery is still beautiful and the colour palette is gorgeous! The different layers of animals and florals/foliage creates interest and the feel of the safari - searching for more wildlife the further in you go. 
Fantastic hey?!


And now I have got you all hooked on their designs, be sure to visit:



All images in this post copyright 2013 Funky Wombat Textiles

Feature Friday - Uniko Studio



Today I would like to introduce you all to the fantastic 'Uniko Studio' - a small company based in the North East of the UK.
Beverley Parish is the creative genius behind this great company, which specialises in surface pattern design, digital downloads and clear stamp sets for the hobby market.

Beverley studied textiles and surface design at CCAD, graduating just the year before me so I have been lucky enough to see some of her creations up close! 
It was during her degree that Beverley began to design and experiment with clear stamps, and developed a clear focus of starting this brilliant company once she graduated.

Like most of us, Beverley was a very creative child; always producing cards for loved ones from a young age. Now, she is creating stamp sets that most definitely inspire new creatives to get 'arty' and experiment!








 Above are just a few examples of the stamp sets from the Uniko Studio range.
I think they are a fantastic idea and there is such a wide variety - text/ florals/ patterns/ swirls.I know that when I create handmade cards for a loved one, I dislike writing on it by hand so I think that the lettering stamps are fantastic! My auntie took up card making as a hobby and purchased a set of stamps to experiment with, and loves them. The quality of the product and the finish is great!

See the Uniko Studio website for the full range of stamp sets and the digital papers ready for you to download here.

As well as being the mastermind behind these great products, Beverley, along with her design team, create the most beautiful greetings cards.
The Uniko Studio blog is fit to burst with examples (http://unikostudio.blogspot.co.uk/) but below are just a small selection of my favourites...

I love the simplicity of this card design; the block lettering combined with the linear florals is beautiful, and finished with that added sparkle that the magpie in me loves!

 Again, this design is simple yet so effective! I love the clean, crisp colours for the patterns used in small areas and the composition is great.

 Eventhough this card doesn't use bold colours it stood out to me because of the gorgeous festive patterns; used in simple lines like this creates such a sleek, sophisticated finish.


And lastly, I love these designs for their fresh, attractive colour palettes and funky, feminine designs.

The way that Beverley and her team use the stamps to create such innovative, exciting pieces always keeps me going back to their blog for inspiration. They constantly come up with new designs that are so interesting and eye-catching and I LOVE them!

If you want to get your hands on a stamp set visit -

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All images used in this post copyright 2013 Uniko Studio

Friday, 4 January 2013

Feature Friday - Rosie Simons


For my second Feature Friday this week, I would like to share with you the lovely work of graphic & surface designer, Rosie Simons.

Rosie is a Graphic Design graduate. Her style is clean and simple using fresh, bright colour palettes throughout all of her beautiful patterns.



I love flicking through my twitter feed and coming across updates on Rosie's design work.
Her patterns are always full of colour and interesting combinations of imagery.



 I love the simplicity of these Christmas cards; the one colour background with tiny polka dots creates the perfect backdrop for the beautiful typography and festive imagery. 



Rosie's talent for creating beautiful typography is one thing in particular that I love about her work.
Like the framed designs above - the simple block type combined with ditsy, feminine illustrations around it makes for such a lovely little print. 
A perfect gift for a female family member or friend!






 Again, Rosie's use of colour on these fabrics is fantastic! 
My particular favourite has to be the feather print; I LOVE my shades of blue/turquoise so it was an instant winner with me anyway. However, I love how the cerise pink pops out against the grey base colour which works so fabulously with the accents of turquoise and teal.
These fabrics are available to purchase over on Spoonflower.

Rosie also sells products through Etsy and Society 6
&
lots more info can be found here -



All images in this post are copyright 2013 Rosie Simons