I am a working graphic designer from Cape Town with a passion for traditional block printing and surface pattern design.

I create surface pattern designs through the process of carving lino blocks and hand printing them onto fabric or paper. I then translate my designs into digital surface patterns. Most of my inspiration comes from nature where I seek out unusual organic shapes and pattern in the indigenous plant and coastal life of South Africa. I am particularly drawn to the organic, rough textured, worn, distressed and imperfect shape.

If you are interested in using my designs for your products or if you would like to see more of my work please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so that we can discuss this further.

Thank you for taking an interest in my work!


  • Garth Outdoor Living

    "Garth and all of its global subsidiary's have been working with Barbara for the past 9 years. We have always found Barbaras work to be fresh, well thought out and very thorough. Constantly going well over and above what any other design company would. Nothing is ever too much trouble and she is a delight to work with, always pleasant and upbeat. Highly motivated and always on time. Great work always."

    Gavin Hill CEO

Barbara Newton Smith

The copyright for all designs on this website belongs to © 2019 Barbara Newton Smith or the client who purchased them. Please do not use any images without my permission, many thanks.