Sarah Campbell exhibited her work at Textiles Hub London during the autumn of 2013 as part of Textiles Hub London’s My Nature exhibitions and publications curated by Dr Emma Neuberg. In tandem, she gave a talk about her work and its life-long relationship with the natural world at the My Nature Symposium on Saturday 16th November 2013.
Campbell’s work is celebrated the world over. Her unique, gouache hand paints with ease of touch, free-flowing colour and spontaneous pattern. She paints directly on cotton and paper creating instantly timeless, decorative patterns.
Her use of colour and design are reminiscent of the celebrated French artists of the early to mid twentieth century. Look closely and you can see the flair of Georges Braques’s birds, the light of Matisse’s Mediterranean vistas and the strong, brush lines of Picasso. Her vibrant palette and bold motifs exude a quality not traditionally associated with British design and interiors. For instance, when we look at the other celebrated British pattern designers of the period from Laura Ashley to Mark Hearld, Campbell has a significantly stronger palette, rhythmic sense and joie de vivre.
Well-known for being one half of the iconic Collier Campbell label (with her sister Susan Collier), Campbell is the most important late twentieth century printed textiles designer of her generation and, together with Susan, the most important printed textiles duo of contemporary Britain.
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