A multi-faceted designer, writer and artist with over 30 years of experience within a variety of creative fields, I love to make things that resonate with people.
As the art director for MAC Cosmetics and product designer for various companies, I was able to develop ads as well as actual products and packaging. Working for large brands as well as smaller boutique names increased my flexibility, creating skills that worked in many platforms.
A passionate creator of illustrations and paintings I enjoy being comfortable with both traditional as well as digital platforms. A paintbrush, a pen, tablet or a pixel are tools I enjoy to manipulate with flair.
As an award winning jewellery designer, handbag visioneer and product creator, seeing my designs on people, being carried into other worlds than mine, it is another kind of thrill. On my time, I am inclined to continue to create art, participate in a variety of culture and communities, studying horticulture, following birds, cooking, travel and music. I work hard because it that brings me pleasure.
Teaching and passing on information as well as learning and engaging in constant improvement and evaluation are also aspects of my world that keep me alert.
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Stephen Stanish A.O.C.A.D.
Believing that collaboration can make a successful design resonate with audiences, I have perfected an ability to create winning designs that work while working as part of a team to consider a variety of stakeholders.
I love to create and develop new innovative ideas. Improving existing concepts in web, social media and a variety of commercial and high end products is part of what I enjoy and do best.
Currently freelance designer
Working with jewellery and bags, textiles, custom textiles, displays, ideas.
Seneca college, Fashion Arts, 2010 to 2012
Teaching Fashions arts students traditional drawing skills as well as advanced digital design skills in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop
California Innovations, Senior creative product designer 2005 to 2011
Fusion Accessories, Hong Kong/Guangzhou, China 2002 to 2004
Created and developed handbag patterns using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, including new handbag and small leather goods. Projects included Yoga inspired sportswear bags, Private label, and designer development for department stores. Walmart, Target, Isaac Mizrahi for Target, Q.V.C.
Freelance Designer 2000 to 2002
Created private label jewellery designs for major Canadian retailers including Eaton's and Holt Renfrew.
M·A·C Cosmetics Senior Art Director 1992 to 2000
Concept and creation of promotional material for colour launches, magazines, and p.o.p. cards, display material, displayers, package design, magazine ads, web design, in-store posters and all visual material.
Freelance Designer 1985 to 1992
Freelance illustrator, specializing in fashion, textile and beauty related designs for magazines and businesses including M·A·C.
Created own label of fashion jewellery that sold to Canadian boutiques and in the UK boutique shops.
Illustration work for such magazines as, Marie Claire, Flare, Images and more.
EDUCATION AND ACHIEVEMENTS
Currently studying: Horticulture Industries, at Algonquin College.
Humber College, Digital Imaging Certificate
Ontario College of Art and Design, Fine Arts Programme
Postgraduate year of intensive study in watercolour painting
Awarded the Elizabeth Greenshields Grant, 1980-81, for travel and study of medieval art and architecture
25 years experience with/proficient in Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, CorelDRAW, DynaSCAPE and more. Life long student of drawing and painting.