About me

About me

Hi, I'm Suze, the designer-maker behind Splash of Watermelon. I live in New York with my husband and daughter.  We had the opportunity to move here from London at the beginning of 2016 and decided to go for it, so packed up our lives in the U.K. and took a chance on this adventure. 

The move helped me to see a clearer vision for how I want to live my life. We came here with just the contents of our suitcases and the freedom in those first few months of having less stuff and no clutter inspired me to learn more about minimalism, intentional living and productivity. I found myself writing more, planning my days with intention, listening more closely to my intuition and using every moment I could to create and make pictures. 

I have always dreamed of making a living from my own creative work but over the years since I graduated from Art School, my career took a more corporate path.  For the last 7 years, I worked in digital marketing at Penguin Random House in London. I loved my job, the people I worked with, the books, the authors, the creativity, the buzz of being part of something bigger than me.

If we hadn't moved to New York, I'd probably still be working in publishing. My former career taught me things I could never have imagined, introduced me to people I never would have met, shaped me into the person I am now. For that I will always be thankful.

But leaving that world has allowed me to realise that now is my chance to take that long-held creative dream of mine, and finally have the courage to go for it.

Suze x

If you'd like to connect to share ideas or grab a creative coffee in NYC, I'd love to hear from you!

Drop me a line or find me on Instagram @suze_riley

My creative background

I have always loved to draw, paint, sew and make things with my hands for as long as I can remember.  I dreamed of going to Art School, and at 19, packed my bags and moved from my rural English home to Bristol where I studied Illustration full-time for 3 years. I have a B.A. Hons in Illustration from The University of the West of England and an M.A. in Graphic Design from the London College of Communication, which I studied for part-time whilst working in marketing.

Before I left London, I was working as Head of Digital Marketing at Transworld Publishers, a division of Penguin Random House in the U.K.  I worked on the marketing campaigns for bestselling authors including Sophie Kinsella and Lee Child and for Paula Hawkins' debut thriller, The Girl on The Train.