Sarah Campbell & the Art of Pattern

Thursday 5 November / 6–8pm

Sarah Campbell discusses her work as a textile designer in the context of the new display The Art of Pattern: Susan Collier & Sarah Campbell for Liberty 1961–77.

Campbell has been designing textiles since the 1960s. In this engaging talk Sarah will explain how she collaborated with her sister Susan Collier, who became Design and Colour Consultant for Liberty of London Prints, to introduce a fresh tone and sensibility to Liberty’s house style, reinterpreting the archive, while inventing new patterns and introducing the first abstract furnishing designs.

“We had the opportunity to work with Liberty at the very start of our careers – what luck! What other commercial company stood for such a stated commitment to the art of textile design and the colour, quality, diversity and interest in cloth? It gave us our benchmark,” says Campbell.

Always working with Susan, by the late 1960s Campbell was producing a wide range of designs for the company; her own first independent sale to Liberty was of her graduation design for a furnishing fabric. The sisters worked for Liberty for over 15 years, before founding the influential textile design partnership Collier Campbell in 1979/80, working with Cacharel, Soieries Nouveautés, Jaeger, Habitat, PKaufmann, WestPoint among others. They were the first women to win the Duke of Edinburgh’s Designer Prize in 1984 for their refreshing and famous ‘Six Views’ fabric collection in which included the perennial best-selling design ‘Cote d’Azur’.

Today, Sarah Campbell Ltd undertakes a wide range of projects from one-off design creations, unique pieces and commissions to textile design for the high street. Her continuing collaboration with West Elm, the US homewares company, gives a worldwide presence, as do the fabric collections with Michael Miller Fabrics. Nearer home, recent work includes designing for a special celebration with Habitat, adventures into glass with Michael Ruh, stationery with Roger la Borde, and a new collaboration with Magpie in the UK on a collection of ceramics, Viva. For more information

The event starts at 6pm with a glass of wine in the Museum foyer and opportunity to view the exhibition Liberty in Fashion; the talk follows at 6.15pm for 6.20pm in the Fashion Studio and lasts for approximately one hour including an opportunity to ask questions. It is followed by a book signing.

‘The Collier Campbell Archive, 50 years of Passion in Pattern’ is available for purchase from the Fashion and Textile Museum exhibition shop.

Price £15 / £12 students includes a complimentary drink and exhibition entry.
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