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Tonya Stuart, Humboldt, Saskatchewan
Graphic Design Major

Mixing Art and Business

Minot State University senior Tonya Stuart, from Humboldt, Saskatchewan, has an eye for design and a nose for business - and she should. Stuart, the Art Club President, is a graphic design major with minors in business administration and marketing. In a marriage of design and business, Stuart has paired these two loves into a unique business venture as part of her senior thesis.

She makes hand-made silk-screened wedding invitations and thank you cards and has partnered with Eclectique in Minot to sell them.

"I like weddings and I wanted to put a different spin on the overused, mass-produced invitations that you currently see," said Stuart. The theme behind this project is to give couples a more personalized product that is more them. "People would also be able to make them themselves, they could have a hand in it and make it more personal," Stuart said.

While the product line is currently small, after she finishes her schooling Stuart envisions opening a studio in town with two partners. Together they want to offer wedding planning, printmaking, photography and decorating services.

"I would like to let kids come in and print their own birthday cards and graduation invitations," said Stuart the artist entrepreneur whose personal touch could inspire the next generation as well as a unique business.