Their bold use of colour, clashing compositions and immediate florals played a part in the burgeoning British bohemia in textiles during the 60s, rejecting the subtle and traditional depictions of English gentility, they brought the colours of Matisse and foreign lands to their paintings and prints. Working initially for Liberty's of London and also feted by design houses such as Yves St Laurent, they now licence their prints to many British department stores, for home decor, crockery, paper goods as well as producing an independent line.
Susan Campbell has said that she "wanted to be a painter, but was no Matisse". I loved seeing the Sisters' paintings on pieces of brown parcel paper and corrugated cardboard included in the exhibition. Reminding me of times when I would paint on anything to hand, scrap cardboard mostly and directly onto the back boards of old picture frames.
It is easy to see their influence on English designers who followed, such as Matthew Williamson, who is famous for his bohemian and colourful designs.
(photograph from Collier Campbell)
To: Susan Collier, 12 October 1938 - 7 May 2011