Walks in the fields. Meandering in the flowerbeds. Daisies in the hedgerows. Sunday table celebrations after a morning at the family kitchen garden. I usually return home from the allotment with bunches of flowers alongside the pickings of beans and tomatoes - we love to let the flowers bloom where they seed to give color and merriment among the vegetables. Into a favorite jug they go, and often a painting or drawing will ensue, trying to capture their informal beauty - "Sunday Table". This new Sarah Campbell collection, "Flowerfields", grew from some of those paintings. Arranging my non-arranged flowers in to fabric repeats has been such a treat: from the tiny pots in "Ranunculus" to the overflowing baskets of "Celebration" I've been able to play with some favorite themes. Weaving amongst the flowers are abstract patterns reflecting ploughed fields and raked beds, pathways, meadows and hedgerows: "Fire Light" and an "Evening Walk". There are so many ways to put these patterns together - juxtapose, harmonize, contrast, complement - by content, color, size scale, type. There's scope for the natural companions - "Celebration", "Pool", "Floret" - and surprise parings - "Evening Walk" and "Sunday Table" - and unexpected balances: "Cubist", "Echoes". As on any ramble through the field there are many views and vistas to delight and astonish: colors and compositions to comfort and confirm the change rhythms of nature.
by Sarah Campbell