Bradness Gallery 

Spithurst Road, Barcombe, East Sussex, BN8 5EB, UK.  Tel: 01273 400606

Sarah Campbell has been an iconic fabric designer for

50 years.


She worked for most of those with her sister Susan Collier and  together they were Collier Campbell and created designs for Yves Saint Laurent, Liberty, Jaeger, Habitat, Marks and Spencer and West Elm.


As a teacher Sarah has an extraordinary wealth of experience, a warm sense of humour and is utterly generous with her immense knowledge.


Course details


Tuesday - Wednesday

25th and 26th July 2017

Hand painting on Fabric

2 days  -  £270


On this course you can draw on the lovely Bradness Gallery garden for inspiration and you will be able to raid it and pick your own selection of  flowers and leaves to draw and paint if you wish.


Groups are small and so people with a variety of skill levels are all very welcome and will be well catered for.  Nobody needs to feel under any pressure to produce finished work.  It is about having an inspiring time and learning skills to take home.


Beginners will start by playing on paper and then progress to painting on fabric.   Sarah will guide us through understanding mark making, colour balance, and tonal contrast.  She will show us how to mix paints and make our own colour guides to experiment with and achieve consistency.  



You will then be able to work directly onto fabric and those who would like to, can hand paint a design and make it into a cushion cover or a bag or a summer top or a scarf.  



Tuesday - Wednesday - Thursday

15th, 16th 17th August 2017

Looking at the Elements that create a successful Design, including, colour, rthymn, flow, repeat.

3 days - £395


For those with more experience and who are interested in design repeats, Sarah will explain how they work, and how to make them by hand from a simple rhythmic dot to the complex intertwining foliage of Morris.

For students who would like to put this into practise we'll develop and 'grow' repeats using traditional methods - tracing paper, rulers and sharp pencils.


Emma will organise a pre-order of fabric paints and brushes.  This will give a discount of 10% and free postage.  If you wish to purchase fabric paints and other equipment we recommend George Weil.


We will meet at 9.30am for coffee before a 10am start and we will work through to 4.30.


The cost of the course is £395 and this includes a delicious home made lunch with wine, fresh coffee and home made cakes.


Please get in touch if you need to book accomodation or need a lift from a local train station.






SC _ Sarah SC Habitat 50 leaves rug 2014 SC Hand painted fabric SC Liberty design Herbaceous border SC sketch for Liberty 1970s SC- Jaeger dress development SC8

Sarah was commissioned to work on the special Design Reunion project to celebrate Habitat's 50th birthday.  

The rug design is called Fifty Leaves.

The Herbaceous Border scarf below was designed for Libertys.

Designs for Jaeger

Classic 1970's Liberty design

SC Detail from hand painted calico SC 1


Hand painting on Fabric with Sarah Campbell

Both courses are fully booked for 2017 but do get in touch to go on the waiting list or for 2018

Courses for 2017

Tues-Wed - 25th, 26th July 2017

Adventures in hand painting on fabric

2 day course  -  £270  Max 8 places  - FULL

We will use these days to explore making pattern; from simple mark-making on paper to painting on cloth. We'll be able to work towards making a piece either to wear, sit on, sew or embellish.  Students are encouraged to bring a little reference of their favourite colours or cloth as a starting discussion point – and of course the wealth of flowers from the garden will be there as inspiration, along with many examples of Sarah's work.  Students of all abilities are welcome


Tues-Wed-Thursday - 15th, 16th 17th August 2017

Considering elements of design

3 day course - £395 - Max 8 places -  FULL

Considering the elements of design, pattern and rhythm, from a simple spot to a complex tesselation - these three days will give us time to look at some of the elements of design, pattern layouts and colour balance in more detail. There will be opportunity to investigate how repeats and colourways work, to mix a palette with a view to painting both on paper and fabric and for students to develop their own vocabulary of design. Students of all abilities are welcome!


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