By the San Francisco Bay w/ the Golden Gate Bridge in the background.

By the San Francisco Bay w/ the Golden Gate Bridge in the background.


I am a Surface Pattern & Fabric Designer who lives in Northern California. My love of nature & my deep concern for our environment, is reflected - sometimes quietly, sometimes very obviously - in many of my designs.

A little bit about me:

My middle name is Cleo & since I was young I have signed my artwork as “Cleo”. I am an artist & a maker - whether it is drawing, painting, pottery, calligraphy, knitting, or designing & sewing clothes, backpacks, & bags, it’s always been a love of mine.

In late 2015 I found the Make It In Design courses & I fell in love with surface pattern design. It’s as simple as that. Never looked back.

My university degree was in human development & my day job has always been working with individuals and families. I currently work in autism & mental health research at a major U.S. University. The individuals, families and children that I have worked with over the years, have forever enriched my life. I work part time now, so I am able to devote much more time to designing!

Originally from upstate NY, I attended Cornell University, lived in Ithaca NY, and in Boston before heading to the west coast, where I live with my partner of many years. We have a small home in Northern California with a garden & over 40 fruit trees! I love that I live just minutes away from the beaches of the Pacific Ocean & a short drive from some amazing redwood forests. When I am not designing, you can find me in my orchard or out hiking on the local trails.

You can see more of my work, learn about my design journey, & purchase fabric or ready made items at the links below:

Instagram - Follow me to see my recent designs & inspirations.
SpoonFlower - In my shop you can view & purchase many of my designs as fabric, wallpaper or gift-wrap. You’ll find many of my newest designs here. * Roostery - Lots of made to order home goods produced from my SpoonFlower Fabrics.
* Society6 - Here you can find mugs, phone covers, bags, t-shirts, & soft fleece blankets, (etc.) with my designs on them. * Zazzle - Lots of items here and I am always adding more. Watch for Zazzle sales!
RedBubble - Here you will find scarfs, bags, T-shirts, leggings, dresses, (etc!) printed with some of my designs.

*For questions, licensing, and/or collaborations please contact me!

Thanks so much for looking!

Sue Cleveland