Collier Campbell were sisters and they worked together for 50 years - sadly, Susan Collier died recently but Sarah Campbell continues to design. What I did find out about them years ago is that they started designing in the 1960's when they couldn't find anything available to buy that they would like to use as fabrics themselves. They had their big break in the early 1970's when Yves Saint Laurent used their fabrics in his collections. This special display gave an insight into the design process from start to finish - in fact the exhibition was entitled, 'From Start to Finish', which I really enjoyed. It included both the early work and new current designs by Sarah Campbell. There were sketchbook drawings, colour swatches, large A1 sheets of designs and examples of the finished products along with magazine tearsheets of the products in use. I took loads of photos - they are all self explanatory really. Hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed the exhibition! Sorry about the glare on some - under glass.
This is Mariposa, a bedding design for Marks & Spencer, Spring 2013. The bright and cheery butterfly idea developed from sketches and includes several ideas for coordinates.
Neat Ceramics came about when Sarah was asked by west elm to think about the subject in 2012. The first sketches were done in a notebook on the plane home and the next designs in situ on the paper covering of the kitchen table, later neatened up.
Jungle Leaves - commissioned by west elm in 2012. The brief was for 'lush and green leaves, flowers, pods and some creatures too'. The leaves started out very tiny, like a map.
Chedworth - Marks & Spencer bedding 2013. The result of being given a voluptuous bunch of flowers with a navy vase. The bold floral changes from dark to light up the bed - an advantage of printing bedding patterns width for length.
Rye Flowers - Marks & Spencer bedding, Spring 2013. A series of painted sketches inspired by a painting seen in a cafe in Rye. Consists of an artwork repeat for the duvet face and a blue and cream painting for the reverse.
Greeting Cards - Roger la Borde commissioned a collection of six greeting cards late last year, three to include the words 'Happy Birthday'. They wanted them to have the feel of continuous pattern. The display panel shows the final cards and various starting points.
Little Indigos - first commissioned by west elm, the Brooklyn based home store, 2012. Garden path gives a nod to the first design ever sold to Liberty of London Prints in 1969. The brief was for Liberty like flowers. Collier Campbell did many in the 60's and 70's for Liberty. These are all new.
Lastly, a little collage of some furnishings - embroidered and sequinned cushions - done for the west elm group and a scarf commission for The National Theatre. The final image shows Sarah Campbell painting and on an exhibition display panel she states that, 'At heart, I love painting patterns, inventing designs'. There is a book available, The Collier Campbell Archive. A wonderful treat - saving up time for me!