Stuart was born in 1972 and was elected a Fellow of Designer Bookbinders in 2004. He has a BSc Hons degree in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College, London.
He has taught and lectured in UK, Chile, USA, Iceland, Finland and Canada and has judged bookbinding competitions in the UK and USA. He organised the Society of Bookbinders International Competition from 2003–2009 and is currently organising the Designer Bookbinders International Bookbinding Competition 2022 in association with The Bodleian Libraries and Mark Getty.
Stuart has fine bindings in collections worldwide including the British Library, National Library of Scotland, National Library of Wales, The Bridwell Library at Southern Methodist University USA and in many Private collections. Stuart set up and ran a bindery in Santiago, Chile working on a private collection between 2000-2003. He has worked with his father James Brockman since 1995 and they now co-run the family bookbinding business – James and Stuart Brockman Ltd. working mainly on early printed books and manuscripts. Stuart has worked on numerous manuscripts including early European & Islamic manuscripts; Audubon, First Edition of Newton’s Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy and The Kelmscott Chaucer.
Stuart specialises in modern designer bindings using traditional materials such as gold, leather & vellum, but has also used materials less often associated with bindings such as glass and he has exhibited these bindings worldwide. He accepts commissions of modern fine bindings as well as repair and conservation of books from private collections and institutions.