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.
Stuart cycling in Melbourne. The sculpture is “Angel” by Deborah Halpern
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.
Once I receive your order, each card is personalised, printed, folded, packaged and posted by myself in Melbourne, 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 card or 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 and making deliveries.
Waste: There is very little wastage from my processes, but everything I can is recycled.
Packaging for A6 size cards.
Gail in Canberra had many friends celebrating their 70th birthdays. She commissioned a different design for each based on their likes and character. This one was for Alan who was a fan of Eurovision and movies.
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, unless it is a simple message.
There are many cards available for birthdays and Christmas. My range of cards for Thank You, Christening, Romance / Valentine’s Day, 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.