Hello & welcome

As if you haven’t guessed already – I’m Suzanne. I’ve been obsessed with pictures for as long as I can remember. As a child, I was happiest when I was either drawing pictures or taking photographs, and that hasn’t changed! but, thankfully technology has moved on somewhat since I was given a Kodak disc camera for my 7th birthday.

Now, I’m a Graphic Designer with over 20 years’ experience in creating commercial designs, artwork and visual communication. A selection of recent projects can be found in the portfolio section below. For information about my qualifications, skills and experience please see my LinkedIn profile. I completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Photography in 2014, having returned to studying to see what was possible when I bring together my love of photography and my design skills. In one module, I chose to explore how to visually communicate climate change from a child’s perspective.

Since doing my PostGrad Certificate I’ve been busy. Too busy to keep my website updated regularly, so bear with me while as I do that during the course of 2018! And if someone could tell me where time seems to disappear to I’d be interested to know…

I’m a social media butterfly. I flitting between the various platforms looking for something that catches my eye. I’m addicted to Pinterest! To see the full scale of my addiction visit my collection of boards. Or, find me on Twitter as @visualsumo.

Thanks to my daughter, I’ve now got several years’ experience of chalkboard scribbling, sticking and finger painting  – although, in reality, it is more like full body painting! In return, I’ve gained an understanding of art and photography from an 8-year-old art critic’s point of view!

When we aren’t creating we’re out-and-about in nature exploring, going for a swim, messing about in the garden, listening to music, or rummaging around flea markets and charity shops looking for things that might spark an idea for a creative project or just hunting for vintage buttons. And if we aren’t doing any of that, chances are we are cooking, eating or drinking tea, or any combination of the three.

My daughter and I at Butterfly World in Hertfordshire

Recent blog articles

Ronald Searle: ‘Obsessed with drawing’

Ronald Searle: ‘Obsessed with drawing’ and ‘Cradled in Caricature: Visual humour in satirical prints and drawings’ are two complimentary exhibitions run at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge until the new year, and are well worth a visit. They both show... read more

Watermark

Prints from Edward Burtynsky’s Watermark series can be seen at Vita Vitale, the Azerbaijan pavilion at La Biennale di Venezia until November 2015. The film brings together diverse stories from around the globe about our relationship with water: how we are drawn... read more

Kodak Brownie Reflex

I saw this vintage camera in a charity shop and could not resist. I know these cameras where manufactuered in their millions but there is something about them that I like. They were made at the Kodak site in Harrow London, between 1946 and 1960. The same Kodak site I... read more

Dismaland

I doubt there is much that I can say about Dismaland that hasn’t already been said by others. Banksy has declared the park “unsuitable for children”, so why did we go as a family? Firstly, why not?! I am on a personal mission to have an art filled... read more

Manufactured Landscape

“If we destroy nature, we destroy ourselves. I believe that as a fundamental philosophical position when I look at the world.” I am an Edward Burtynsky fan, but was not aware of the documentary films about his work until I saw “Watermark” mentioned in the... read more

Think like a Freak

On my way to Venice for La Biennale I had all of 30 seconds to select my holiday read. I picked Think like a Freak by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner because: a) I liked the title and b) I’d heard of Freakonomics (via my partner).  In the style of the... read more

Objectified

This documentary is an insight into the world of industrial design. It was a very brief introduction in ID history. In the film there were three statements (from designers) that rang true for me and my design practice. These points highlight where a ‘design... read more

Helvetica

Until watching this film I hadn’t really thought of Helvetica as a Marmite font (i.e. you either love it or hate it) I thought was a reaction was solely reserved for Comic Sans*. I stand corrected. The film show how passionate designers, especially font... read more

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