Aidan went to school in 2000 at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design (NBCCD) in Fredericton. He quickly found that the sights and sounds and tools of the metal shop were calling him. In 2002 Stanley received an NBARTS scholarship. This was confirmation that he was on the right track. Later that same year Stanley’s work won first place in the prestigious martini glass competition, hosted by Bacardi and open to all Canadian glass and metal students. Then in early spring Stanley had his work shown in Milan Italy.
In his graduating year Stanley again received an NBARTS scholarship, and went on to create one of his first major pieces. A teapot entitled Mr. Teapot, which is now part of a private collection in Fredericton NB. After graduating in 2003 Aidan went on to work from New Brunswick, then Nova Scotia, Alberta and British Columbia. Aidan was to return to NBCCD in 08-09 for obtain his Diploma in Advanced Studies, and entrepreneurship. Upon returning Stanley received the sought after Nel Oudmans scholarship. By this time Stanley was readily using found objects in his work, an aesthetic nurtured while apprenticing with Andrew and Sandra Noble Goss in Owen Sound Ontario.
In 2009 Stanley was again showing in Toronto, an exhibition called ‘Secret Identity’ where two steel wool pendants were on display. In spring of that year Stanley was invited to take part in a show Entitled ‘Flow/Flueve’ hosted by the Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick and held in his home.
After again graduating from NBCCD Stanley settled into his Fredericton studio where he started a jewelry business specializing in repurposing old jewelry. In 2011 Stanley received a NBARTS career development grant, and in 2012 Stanley received a creation grant allowing him to begin construction on a series of work entitled ‘Safeguarding The Intangible’
In 2012 Aidan went north with his wife Erica to teach jewelry and metal work at Inuksuk high school. Erica taught jewelry and metal work at Nunavut Arctic College. Setting up an apartment studio and working from a jewelry co-op the couple used there experiences to establish a body of work entitled ‘home away from home’. In 2015 the pair returned to New Brunswick to establish a studio practice and artists-in-residency program aimed at exposing metal artists to the beauty of NB.