Cleo Barbour is a Brighton based artist and designer producing colourful graphic illustrations, prints, embroidery art and a collection of fun-loving accessories.
Cleo travels the world to photograph colourful architecture, powerful ocean scenes and tropical landscapes which she brings home to inspire new work. Spectacular use of colour is Cleo’s trademark and her work is recognised for it’s eye-catching colour combinations. A fascination with Art Deco design also plays a major role in her work. She combines vibrant colours with deco inspired geometric patterns to create striking prints and illustrations.
Combining her background as a shoe designer with a passion for embellishment, Cleo designs a collection of Cleo B sneaker accessories which are sold alongside her artworks. The collection of shoe ornaments are a playful way of customising your laces, allowing the wearer to embellish their shoes with a small piece of art.
Cleo carries out UK based and international projects, collaborations and commissions, producing the main body of her work in a studio in Brighton, U.K.
Cleo’s background is in fashion design, having established and run her London-based shoe brand Cleo B from 2009 to 2016. Cleo studied at Cordwainers College (part of London College of Fashion) and went on to hone her skills in the studios of Salvatore Ferragamo, Nicholas Kirkwood and L.K. Bennett before launching her footwear company.
Cleo’s shoe collections were colourful and innovative, designed to be smart, fun and wearable. Crafted in an artisanal Spanish factory, they included her signature curved wedge heel and numerous playful flats as well as iconic designs such as her famous cassette heels. Designs were reflective of Cleo’s personality, making the brand extremely strong and unique within the market. The collections were exhibited and stocked internationally, capturing a wide media and celebrity following.
In 2014 Cleo introduced the trend for shoe accessorising with clip on pom poms. Adorning both high heels and sneakers with these fluffy creations became a fashion phenomenon and Cleo went on to design further shoe accessories including jewelled shoe clips and sneaker embellishing lace locks.
In early 2017 Cleo broke free from the fashion world and moved to Brighton in order to channel her signature style into new genres of artwork and creations. The Cleo B collection of shoe accessories continues to grow and is sold alongside her artwork.