Designer Spotlight: Sareka Unique

Hello, please introduce yourself:

Hello, I'm Sareka Unique an Illustrator and Surface Pattern Designer from Detroit Michigan. I create from my home studio in Ypsilanti Michigan. My style can be described as fun, unique, and bold with a tribal flare. 

If you could give your 10 years younger self one key piece of advice or an insight, what would it be?

To embrace the journey. Everything that has happened in my life good and bad has helped me become the person I am on my journey today. If I would have embraced some of the struggles instead of fighting and stressing over them or rushing through them life would have been a lot easier and less stressful.  


When you feel stuck or in a design rut, how do you get yourself out of it and back on track?

I am struggling a bit with this now. Usually to get out of a rut I just start to doodle and draw what comes naturally without trying to force a certain them or style. I just turn up the music and tune out everything and began to doodle and it helps to clear my mind, and sometimes I end up with a great end result. 

What are your favourite design tools?

Sharpie Pens and paper is what I use most. 

How would you describe your design process? Favourite apps and programs

If I am designing with a spacific theme in mind I first do a bit of research on that theme. Google and Pinterest are my best friends. Then I start to draw as freely as possible without thinking too much. Once I am happy with some of the drawings I scan them into Illustrator and create digital line drawings. I then play around with adding color until I am happy with the end result. This is one of my favorite parts. 

What are some of your favourite design projects to date? 

One of my favorite design projects thus far would be the collection I created for Shibumi Homes. I had so much fun creating this bright energetic collection for home decor.  It was a worldwide design contest that I along with 10 other designers was chosen to have my collections licensed by Shibumi Homes. It was the first contest I ever won and my first Licensing deal, so I was beyond excited and encouraged to move forward with my career.  You can check out my artist profile here:

Another one of my favorite projects was the one I created for myself. It was a collections of patterns for my own stationary product line. That can be found here:
I had so much fun creating these designs with no boundaries in mind. I just purely wanted to create something that I loved and hoped other's would love too.  For this collection I chose designs and colors that truly reflected me and my style. 

Who are your dream clients or what is your dream project? 

I would love to have a range of products in Target stores. It is by far my favorite store and I just love the products they offer. 

There has been an art supply sanction imposed and designers are only allowed to possess 3 items/tools, what do you choose?

Two fine tip sharpies and some paper will work for me.

Where do you find inspiration?

I find inspiration everywhere. When I'm thinking about something specific I will first check Google and Pinterest. But I tend to find inspiration when I am shopping or looking through magazines, and sometimes watching tv. My camera roll is full of snaps of things that inspire me, whether it's when I'm out and about or browsing the web. 

Who would you say is the greatest designer is?

I really don't have a favorite designer. I have always been this way with art music and writing. I don't pick favorites. I find that there are a number of artist and designers who's work resonates with me, and I can't pick one I want to be surrounded by it all lol. I believe the world is filled with lots of great designers that all have different perspectives on life which is reflected in their work. 

When I'm long gone, I hope people remember me for being inspirational and living my dreams. 

Where you can find me:
snap chat: rekaunique 

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