Sarah Campbell co-founded influential textile design partnership Collier Campbell with her sister Susan Collier in 1979. They had already worked together for years producing original designs for apparel and the home with Liberty of London Prints, Cacharel, Soieries Nouveautés, Jaeger, Habitat, PKaufmann, WestPoint and many others in the UK and the USA.
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’Azure’.
Fifty years of their groundbreaking work was celebrated in a commemorative exhibition at the National Theatre, London in May 2011, which opened to great acclaim just after the shock of Susan’s early death from cancer. Following the exhibition a magnificent book – ‘The Collier Campbell Archive, 50 years of passion in pattern’ – is now available.
Sarah Campbell now works independently under her own name, necessarily beginning a new chapter in this creative story. She is embarking on new projects, designing for new surfaces, from one-off special commissions to stationery to textiles for the high street. Currently her continuing collaboration with West Elm, the US homeware company, gives a worldwide presence. Nearer home recent work includes design work for a very special celebration, adventures into glass with Michael Ruh and a brand new range of cards with Roger la Borde.
The hand painted marks that embodied the work of the sisters throughout their careers, and which have ensured that their work is recognised and collected globally, are as ever the springboard. Verve, love of pattern and colour, and inventive freshness is the hallmark of all Sarah Campbell’s work. Whatever the project she uniquely combines her expertise and experience with a playful originality and joy.