Suzanne Marie Hopping

Suzanne lives in Sydney and is a committed Italofile with a love for spicy cooking, hot weather and anything to do with art, design, photography and drawing. Apart from being a terrible Trollbeads addict, she is crazy about dogs. She recently adopted a 3-year-old, ex-racing greyhound, named "Suddenly Trendy". It is now renamed Alice Pearl.

Suzanne is a graphic designer by profession who has worked in publishing for many years. After working as Art Director on the Australian edition of Cosmopolitan Magazine for 12 years, she moved on to other challenges and is now pursuing a career in freelance.

"My interpretation of a People's Bead was to come up with a subject that connects, involves and resonates with every person on earth in some way. I wanted to transcend genders and generations so that both men and women of all ages would be proud to wear it.

Peace is something I hold close to my heart as my mum and dad met in a prisoner of war camp in Germany, during World War II, and I am very well aware of the suffering they went through.

Not in a million years did I expect to win the competition!"