I am a multi-faceted designer and artist with over 30 years of experience within assorted creative fields. I have worked for large brands as well as smaller boutique brands. My passions include drawing, painting, illustration, jewellery design and product design, (hard and soft) as well as birds, travel and music. If you want more info please email me at
Stephen Stanish A.O.C.A.D.
An experienced, successful designer schooled in both graphic and product design. Highly effective in creating and developing new products and improving existing concepts. My visual skills have allowed me to be particularly effective in conceptualizing innovative products and graphics. I believe in a "hands on" approach to refine my projects to their optimum level.
Currently freelance designer, working with jewellery and bags, textiles, custom textiles, displays, ideas.
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. Wal-Mart, 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.
EDUCATION AND ACHIEVEMENTS
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
20 years experience with/proficient in Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Quark Express, Alias Sketch, Jewel CAD