Designer, Illustrator

Suzanne Haddon

As a child growing up in the Pacific Northwest, I was mostly exposed to my parents’ creative friends. We lived up in ...the mountains, about 40 miles east of Seattle in a house we build with a large studio. My father had many friends that would come over to discuss the future of events in the art world and talk about books in the making. Most were poets, writers, musicians, painters and designers. I would listen to their conversations and watch them work. We traveled every year to a new destination and my father would make friends and invite them to come and stay with us. We would always have a visitor from some other country staying for a while. My Father was also a teacher and would invite students to stay over for Thanksgiving or Christmas holiday. He mostly worked from home so when I got home from school, I would run up to his studio to paint or watch him work. At one point, he opened a design studio downtown Seattle, I remember making stats on his stat camera and almost burning myself on the lamps. I would stand on a chair, designing, away the camera would flash. At the age of 16, I remember telling my father I wanted to go to Art Center College of Design, the college he had gone too, he was happy with that but told me I needed to study first in Seattle and understand what design was. I attended night classes at the University of Washington for drawing, and day classes at Seattle Central Advertising department where my father and many of his friends taught. After getting my Associate of Arts degree there, I applied to ACCD and got a scholarship at the age of 20.

Suzanne M Haddon is an award-winning designer, art director, fine artist and teacher. Based in Airlie Beach Australia and Seattle over the last 20+ years, Suzanne has collaborated on a wide range of creative projects in the arts, advertising and education.

She has contributed creative direction and design to some of the largest US corporations, beginning with Starbucks Coffee Company, Nordstroms, Nike, Jamba Juice, GE Capital Assurance, Max Factor, Giorgio of Beverly Hills, K2 Corporation, in addition to contributing to non-profit companies such as Canopy, Archipelago, and Marine Mammals of California.

Her fine art work has been exhibited in the US at the Jeffrey Moose Gallery for 11+ years and at the Bolinas Museum in California and is in many private collections. She is a member of the Watercolor society and AIGA.

She has a BFA from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA in packaging / graphic design, an Associate degree in advertising from Seattle Central and creative drawing from the University of Washington night program. She studied fine art from her father, who was a painter, since the early age of 3 until her twenties.

Some of her awards and features are from Communication Arts, Print Magazine Design Annual, and the Seattle Show, Silver award in 2009.

From 2000 to 2005 she taught at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, teaching Design and Packaging 2 & 3. From 1998 to 2000 she taught Graphic Design and Packaging at Cornish Collage of the Arts in Seattle.

Suzanne enjoys travel, surfing, snowboarding and camping. She is mother to son Diego Luis and wife to Wayne Schjølberg, currently living in Airlie Beach, Australia.
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