‘from start to finish’ explores Sarah Campbell’s recent design journeys. The display is primarily concerned with the process of designing for textiles from commission and first thoughts – through sketches, roughs and artwork – to the finished product.
‘At heart, I love painting patterns, inventing designs’ says Sarah Campbell.
For 50 years Sarah Campbell worked alongside her sister Susan Collier in the innovative design partnership they founded and built together. Susan sadly died in May 2011 and in July that year Sarah began her new solo career.
Starting with her first commission in this new phase – collaborating on the book The Collier Campbell Archive – 50 years of passion in pattern, the work includes bed linens for Marks and Spencer, the Sonnet scarf for the National Theatre, source collections for WestElm and the most recent commission for Roger la Borde. Designs appear in many new and different media – glass, woven baskets, silks, papers, rugs… and, as ever, they start with Sarah’s unique and fine-tuned observations and the liveliness of her hand-painted mark.
Alongside her studio practice, Sarah writes a popular fortnightly blog, teaches, gives talks and runs workshops. www.sarahcampbelldesigns.com