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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

Saturday, 15 June 2013

Aussie Interiors

As most of you will already know, in February this year I was lucky enough to spend an amazing 4 weeks interning in Australia! 
Whilst there, I visited a few show homes to gain a little more insight into typical Australian home decor and current interior trends for primary research in helping me with designing the collections for Belladonna Digital Imaging


Once I could prize myself away from the stunning gardens with outside pools, I got to explore some gorgeous new homes and was so surprised at some of the beautiful interiors that I found.


I have to say, I was expecting white walls and fairly plain, clean interior decoration but what I discovered was some great introduction of pattern and colour in areas. 


Some walls were kept white as I had anticipated, but art or framed pictures were used on the walls for added colour and decoration.
However these wallpapered feature walls that I found were an absolute delight! 
Not just beautiful florals in gorgeous colour palettes, but quirky cityscape designs and stylised, arty patterns too...






As walls were kept plain in most areas, pattern and colour were brought in with the used of scatter cushions, upholstered sofas, rugs and curtains.



 Though the colours may not be particularly as 'out there' or as bold as we may see in European interior textiles, I don't feel that it is needed as the patterns speak for themselves. 
They are very much on trend and contemporary designs, using the Ikat style which is very much on trend at the moment, as well as stripes and inky, textural patterns which never seem to go out of fashion!



I loved all of the fresh, cool colour palettes that I came across. 
The interiors designers for these show homes did an amazing job!



I personally really like the patterns and colour palettes used and feel that these beautiful Australian homes don't need to be filled with brash colours and over the top patterns. Sometimes simple and sophisticated is best, especially living in such a hot climate; having a cool, calming house to come home to is perfect! 




 I hope you have found these images and my discoveries as inspiring as I did!
You can see how I used this inspiration and the designs that I produced for Australian company Belladonna Digital Imaging here.


Sarah x



NB: I do not own the rights to any of the designs shown in this post

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