Stuart McWilliam is the owner and designer for STU ART CONCEPTS. Design is an ever evolving process that takes you on a journey with an unknown destination. Through designing artwork for prints, greeting cards, logos and designs on merchandise, I have evolved my design skills learnt firstly as an architect and now through STU ART CONCEPTS and the commissions and feedback from my treasured customers.
Creativity has always been a part of my life to various degrees. As a child I liked to draw and make things with paper. While studying architecture at university, I sold mobiles in a handcraft cooperative in northern Sydney. This was very rewarding and I enjoyed both the creating and the selling aspects. When practising architecture, designing, planning, creating, organising, negotiating were part of my everyday life. Eventually, I became managing director of the firm started by my father. Having completed many years as an architect, it was time for a career change, and I became an English as a second language teacher firstly in South Korea, then back in Sydney. Teaching allowed me more time to explore my creativity. Friends and family are special and I like to give them cards that I design and make, each one personal. One I designed for my leaving students was seen by a new employer and she commissioned me to design a few cards. This led to a new creative enthusiasm to where I’ve decided to sell my designs online and share them with people around the world. I retired from “work” in 2014. This has allowed me to refine my design style and create unique original designs which you won’t find anywhere else. My inspirations come from things I see around me. The pictures I’ve collected from walking and travelling around Sydney and Melbourne and the natural and design worlds often become part of a new card idea. Patterns and textures are also an inspiration. Each design develops it’s own personality. Often the initial design concept is very different from the finished artwork as I am taking on a journey of discovery. When I’m satisfied with the design concept it is published online for sale. Designs are available for purchase from my shop or my other shops.
Once I receive your order, each card is personalised, printed, trimmed, glued, folded, packaged and posted by myself in Werribee, Victoria, Australia.
I believe in being as environmentally friendly as possible. These are the things I do to achieve this. Paper & envelopes: I use paper manufactured from cotton rag. Packaging: The cards are protected in cellophane which is 100% biodegradable. To protect the cart of print from being bent in postage, I include a cardboard insert cut from used cardboard boxes. Transport: you will often see me cycling, on public transport or walking around the city looking for new ideas, buying materials or making deliveries. Waste: There is very little wastage from my processes, but everything I can is recycled.
MAKE YOUR GREETING CARD MORE PERSONAL: Many of my designs can be personalised with a name or age for free or a small extra cost. You can also include a message to be written in the card for a small extra charge. Just order the upgrade options. Before printing any card with a personalised message, I will send you a screenshot for your approval.
There are many cards available for birthdays and Christmas. My range of cards for Thank You, Christening, Get Well, Romance / Valentine’s Day, Sympathy, Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Anniversary, Wedding, Greeting cards is slowly expanding.
If you see something you like but would like it customised, I would be happy to chat with you. Your own idea can be very inspiring! Contact me to discuss. I would love to create something special for you.
My work environment wasn’t ideal for the first 3 years of stuartconcepts working in a corner of the living room. Moving to Melbourne, meant building a new home in Werribee. Now my studio is filled with light and I look out onto the garden. The printing work station is setup so that I can quickly process your order. Paper, envelopes and packaging are all organised so your order can be quickly printed and be ready to ship.