Stuart Wright
Hand lettered on brick wall
Printed on Avery MPI 2006 Hi-tack film with matte laminate and applied to wall. The window at left was done with Avery etched glass film cut and applied in layers to create the darker shades.
Laser-cut brush stainless steel graphics mounted off the wall using 10mm clear acrylic as a standoff
Graphics are CNC-cut aluminum composite material, with vinyl film applied for colors
3D lightbox with 10mm and 5mm snap fit opal acrylic lettering fitted to black aluminum composite material face
“I did the wrap on my 2010 Harley Sportster Forty Eight to look like an old Spitfire,” Stuart says. Avery Supreme Wrapping Film matte khaki wrap with vinyl cut graphics
UV printed on 2-by-3-ft. corrugated plastic panel
Printed Avery MPI 2006 with matte laminate on the wall and Avery perforated window film for the windows
CNC-cut 10 and 5mm white acrylic on wall
CNC cut 4.5mm acrylic logo on matte black aluminum composite material; red is spray painted.
Avery Supreme Wrapping Film below and Arlon DPF 6000 XRP for the print
2-by-3-ft. blackboard a-frame sign
CNC-cut aluminum composite lettering overlaid with gray film then mounted over another set of CNC- cut inline lettering with double-sided tape and silicone adhesive so that there were no visible fasteners.

Profile: Stuart Wright

By SignCraft Magazine

Posted on Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

Shop name: Sign Related

Age: 35

Shop size: 1400 sq. ft. plus 200 sq. ft. upstairs for office and print room

Graphics equipment:
Roland VS 640 print/cut
Mimaki CG 130SII cutter

I had been working from my home studio since 2013, and steadily got busier. Working from a small office and a three-car garage wouldn’t allow for large vehicles or jobs, and I could see myself getting to the point where I needed more space. So late last year, I decided to rent a shop at a commercial location.

The move has been a real milestone for Sign Related. The space is a big help—the other day I had a large truck in here as well as a small rally car. I could never have done that at home.

Working from home was slightly awkward for me, but moving here has given me a professional look and a place for customers to come. I can meet with clients and work through jobs, saving me the time I would otherwise spend going to them. The extra overhead is something I’m always planning for, of course, and it’s there every month.

I’ve also added a printer/cutter. Until now, I had been outsourcing my printing to a sign shop in Queensland. I really can’t believe I didn’t get one sooner. It’s not running all day every day, but it certainly makes off-thecuff jobs much easier and quicker. When I was outsourcing, I had to plan for the delivery delay, which could be a bit of an issue.

I’m still getting used to the art and science of laminating; it’s painful stuff. I’d love to get myself a flatbed application table. That might be the next addition to the operation.

I started my apprenticeship with Les Heckingbottom of Signswest in Karratha, Western Australia, in 2001. [Les was featured in the November/December 2005 issue of SignCraft. —Editors] I worked there for about six years before moving to Perth where I worked for a large shop. It was a big change going from a two- to three-person company to a 20-person company. In 2011, I moved here to Canberra and worked for another shop for a few years before opening Sign Related in 2013.

I do anything I can manage—anything sign related—and within reason. For me, it’s important to be able to do a variety of work, because you never know what other work a job might lead to. Fortunately, along the way I learned to do quite a few different types of sign work. With Les, we did a large volume of cut vinyl and sign writing. I loved it. Then in Perth it was wraps, store display work, big installations, billboards and all sorts of things. Because of that, I can generally handle most of what comes my way.

Right now I’m trying to learn more about LED signage. I’ve not had a lot of experience with them in terms of manufacturing, and many shops here still use tubes for illuminated signs. I think LED is the way to go, and I’d like to get into illuminated light boxes and backlit letters and graphics.

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