Susannah Peddie has had a diverse career. She began her career on Wall Street and stayed in finance for 10 years. While she always had a love of art, she never had time to draw or paint. When digital photography came out, Susannah found the perfect medium for her art. Her photography can be seen at museums, offices, hospitals, homes, and now on fashionable women around the country.
Susannah is a regular contributor to HOME Magazine. She was also named as one of HOME Magazine's "Forty under 40" and also received the "Women Who Make a Difference" award during the 100th anniversary celebration of Girl Scouts of Gateway Council. She serves on the boards of the Cade Museum for Creativity + Invention and the North Central Florida Community Foundation. She has also served on the Junior League of Gainesville Board, and is a past president of the University of Florida Performing Arts Advisory Board.
Jacquelyn Brooks is a professionally accredited fashion designer with a Bachelors of Science in Apparel Design and Technology from The Florida State University. She currently owns a fashion design studio in Gainesville, Florida, "Jacquelyn Brooks Designs", where she custom designs and constructs women's apparel ranging from game day dresses to wedding gowns.
Her most recent accomplishments include being named one of HOME magazine's "Forty under 40", reaching the semi-final castings for "Project Runway" and "Fashion Star", showcasing her talents at "Orlando Fashion Week 2013", "The Southern Women's Show - Orlando 2012", "Gainesville Fashion Week 2011-2013", "Fashion Week Nashville 2010" and producing her own annual charity fashion show event, "Jacquelyn Brooks Designs' Runways and Rescues 2011-2013" which raises funding and awareness for local animal rescues. A strong advocate for community service, Brooks donates custom-designed dresses to several local charities’ silent auctions. The live auction piece she designed for the Cure by Design Fashion Show raised $5,000 for the American Cancer Society!
Strawberry Blonde is a duo of two creative women in Gainesville, FL. Jacquelyn Brooks and Susannah Peddie collaborate to design the fabric using Susannah's nature photography, Jacquelyn's fashion design skills, and they personally design and make each dress to ensure the highest quality.
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