Paul Owen

Liverpool School of Art and Design

Paul Owen is a British Designer and Academic based in Liverpool. Paul has spent over twenty years in the design industry, from Designer, Brand Guardian, Art-Director to Design Consultant working with agencies such as BBH, Interbrand, McCann, Vital, Medina and Conran + Partners. Having specialised in visual communication he has been involved in branding, advertising and editorial for many national and international brands including; Timberland, Gieves & Hawkes, John Smedley, Hackett, Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, Stella McCartney, Barclays and Barclaycard, helping develop identity systems, advertising campaigns, brand promotion, look books and retail solutions. Today, Paul works as a Senior Lecturer on the BA (Hons) Fashion Design and Communication programme at Liverpool John Moores University, where he is the Founder and Creative Director of www.wearefashion.co.uk and the award winning UN_FOLD Magazine. His work can be found at www.owenstudio.co.uk

Paul is also a practice-based researcher, and is currently exploring a number of research projects. Most recently, working in collaboration with Westminster Menswear Archive on the Locating Menswear project, to find out more please see https://www.mensweararchive.com/locatingmenswear

Other ongoing collaborations include working with Transalpino on a series of project surrounding the project 'The Fashion of Counter Culture, obsession, style and place'. These explore the impact of branded labels in respect of Terrace Casual fashion. The project has a focus on working class men, their interest in vintage sportswear labels, and document how their obsessions, style and dress codes evolved and how this informed a sub-culture. It also seeks to reveal, restore and clarify current knowledge of Terrace Casual fashion starting with the birth place of this phenomena: Liverpool.

Further projects include;
Walker Art Gallery x UN_FOLD Magazine:
UN_FOLD presented a special edition 'Art of the Terraces - Youth, Style and Identity' in exhibition format to be included in the pioneering exhibition that considered the culture of football ‘casuals’ through the medium of art. UN_FOLD Magazine is an annual publication and gives a voice to the next generation of young designers and creatives. As a research project it aims to explore teaching and learning strategies, student perception and engagement, and questions the quality, depth and integrity of outcomes in learning terms when working on a ‘live’ projects as opposed to an ‘academic’ briefs.
https://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/AOTT#section--the-exhibition

'Milestone' is an ongoing project that explores the role of visual language within Art and Science, in particular how imagery can be used in communicating the physical and psychological aspects of cancer and it’s treatments. This work is primarily focused on narratives expressed through experimental image making, typography and the printed form, aspiring to change the ‘uglyness’ of the subject matter.

- Sole-Zine; documenting British Trainer [Sneaker] Culture in the form of a pull-out poster-zine, Liverpool 2020 - present.
- Moving the goalposts; print for I Don’t Love Soccer Because Soccer Has Never Loved Me exhibition, Liverpool, 2018,
- Disruptors of the Fashion World, Manchester, 2018,
- Space Dust; exhibition at Northern Eye Festival, 2017,
- Damaged Blood Cells, print for Project 26.2 at Millennium Point Birmingham, 2017,
- ‘A digital glitch of identity’ print for Ice Cream for Crow, MAKE North Docks, Liverpool, 2017,

Languages

Welsh
English

Degrees

2013, Coventry University, United Kingdom, MA Graphic Design (Distinction)
1996, University of Salford, United Kingdom, BA (Hons) Design Studies

Academic appointments

Senior Lecturer Fashion Communication, Fashion, Liverpool John Moores University, 2014 - present
Associate Director Design, Live Events, Teaching & Learning., Design, Birmingham Metropolitan College, 2013 - 2014
Programme Leader Interactive & Design Practice, Design, Birmingham Metropolitan College, 2008 - 2013

Postgraduate training

MA Graphic Design, United Kingdom, Coventry University, 2011 - 2013
PGCE, United Kingdom, De Montfort University, 2005 - 2007

Journal article

Ragonese E, Marriott-Smith G, Owen PB, Burke L. 2023. ‘Beyond the Gate’: A resource for release planning Probation Quarterly, :45-49 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Owen K, Owen PB. 2023. Sole_Zine 08 Mad on Adidas Owen K. Sole_Zine 08 Mad on Adidas, 08 Author Url Public Url

Owen P. 2022. UN_FOLD Magazine Issue 08 Art of the Terraces Nov 2022 Owen PAUL. UN_FOLD Magazine, 08 :01-76 Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Owen KJ, Owen PB. 2022. SOLE_ZINE 07 COMMUNITY Owen KAYLA, Owen PAUL. SOLE_ZINE 07 COMMUNITY, 07 Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Owen K, Owen PB. 2022. SOLE_ZINE 06 TRIMM TRAB Owen KAYLA, Owen PAUL. SOLE_ZINE 06 TRIMM TRAB, 06 Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Owen KJ, Owen PB. 2022. SOLE_ZINE 05 STEEL CITY Owen K, Owen P. SOLE_ZINE 05 STEEL CITY, 05 Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Owen KJ, Owen PB. 2021. Sole_Zine 04 CUSTOM Owen K, Owen P. Sole_Zine 04 CUSTOM, 04 Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Owen PB. 2021. UN_FOLD Magazine Issue 07 Culture in Quarantine June 2021. Articles: Archive: Print is dead - Long live print. UN_Edited: Voices from industry. UN_FOLD Magazine, 07 Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Owen PB, Owen KJ. 2020. Sole_Zine 03 CONVERSION Sole_Zine, 3 Public Url

Owen PB, Owen KJ. 2020. Sole_Zine 02 RESTORE Sole_Zine, 2 Author Url Public Url

Owen PB, Owen KJ. 2020. Sole_Zine Sole_Zine, Author Url Public Url

Owen PB. 2019. UN_FOLD Magazine v_05 Owen P. UN_FOLD magazine, 2000 Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Owen PB. 2018. HISKIND for UN_FOLD magazine v_04 Owen PB. UN_FOLD magazine, 2000 Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Owen PB. 2017. UN_FOLD magazine v_03 Owen PB. UN_FOLD magazine, Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Owen PB. 2016. Youth Culture [Britishness] UN_FOLD magazine v_02, v_02 Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Owen PB. 2015. Print is Dead; Long live print. UN_FOLD magazine, 1 Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Conference publication

Owen K, Owen PB. 2023. Sole-Zine Obsession, Style and Place Owen K, Owen P. FTC FUTURESCAN5: Conscious Communities Exhibit Report, FTC FUTURESCAN5: Conscious Communities Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Owen PB, Owen KJ. 2020. Fashion at the periphery Chicago Fashion Lyceum, Chicago Fashion Lyceum Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Owen PB. 2020. Globalising Men's Style My Mersey Paradise, The Fashion of Counter Culture- Obsession, Style, Place Globalising Men's Style Author Url Public Url

Owen P. 2019. Community ID: The fashion of Counter Culture - obsession, style and place - (IFFTI) 2019 IFFTI 2019 conference Author Url Publisher Url

Owen KJ, Owen P. 2018. Disruptors of the Fashion World. Textile and Place Conference Author Url

Owen P. The fashion of Counter Culture - obsession, style and place - Fashion, Costume and Visual Cultures (FCVC) 2019 Fashion, Costume and Visual Cultures 2019 Author Url Publisher Url

Owen PB. milestone [it’s still personal] LJMU Exhibition Publisher Url Public Url

Report

Ragonese EL, Burke L, Owen PB, Marriott-Smith G. 2023. Evaluation of the Beyond the Gate Magazine pilot at HMP Liverpool Evaluation of the Beyond the Gate Magazine pilot at HMP Liverpool Public Url

Other

Owen KJ, Owen PB. 2022. Big Ideas at LJMU Research event Owen KAYLA, Owen PAUL. Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Chapters

Owen PB, Francis J, Shannon L, Keaney M. 2020. In Liverpool 359 iD Magazine Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Books (authored)

Owen PB. 2018. The Fashion of Counter Culture Obsession Style Place Gallery Guide 1000 Liverpool John Moores University 978-0-9576173-4-6 Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Owen PB. Milestone Author Url

Artefact

Owen P. ADLINE

Performance

Owen PB. Star Dust - The Northern Eye International Photography Festival Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Owen P. Milestone - Talking about self initiated projects Author Url Publisher Url

Owen PB. Bright Lights [for milestone] Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Owen PB. A Grand Exposition Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Owen PB. 26-2-Art-Project - Blood Vessel Damage - Mile 18 Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Exhibition

Owen KJ, Owen PB. A Fractured Identity Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Owen P. 'Moving the goalposts' - I Don't Love Soccer Because Soccer Has Never Loved Me 2018 Author Url Publisher Url

Owen PB. The Fashion of Counter Culture, Obsession, Style and Place Author Url Publisher Url

Owen PB. Fashion of Counter Culture - Obsession, Style and Place at LACESOUT! 2018 Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Owen PB. LJMU X SUES Exhibition Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Owen PB. Milestone [titanium] Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Owen PB. play | travelling without moving Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Owen KJ, Owen PB. Sole-Zine 07 The Community Issue Exhibition Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Owen K, Owen PB. Sole-Zine 07 The Ultra Community exhibition Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Owen K, Owen PB. Art of the Terraces exhibition Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Owen P. UN_FOLD Magazine ART OF THE TERRACES Youth, Style and Identity Atrium Gallery exhibition Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Owen P. UN_FOLD Magazine in collaboration with ‘Art of the Terraces’ major exhibition at The Walker Art Gallery Liverpool, National Museums Liverpool. Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Conference presentation:

SOLEZINE at FTC FutureScan5, FTC FutureScan5: Conscious Communities Conference, University of Leeds, exhibition. 2022

Other invited event:

Sole-Zine talks to ART & DESIGN FOUNDATION students at LJMU, LJMU, Liverpool, Invited to talk about the Sole-Zine posterzine project by PL Mark Roughley at LJMU.. 2021

Sole-Zine talks to FIT NYC, Online - New York, USA, Invited to present SoleZine at The Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, USA, by Professor Yuniya Kawamura.. 2021

Sole-Zine talks about Trans-Discipline practice, Liverpool, LJMU, Sole Zine invited to talk about Trans-Discipline practice with MA students at LJMU with John Byrne.. 2021

Fellowships:

FHEA, Higher Education Academy. 2015

Teaching qualification:

PGCE in Further & Higher Education. 2007

Media Coverage:

Plexus Cotton educational project - change the way the world looks at cotton

Interview with editor Joel Hansen, looking into the photography archives at the Scottie Press in the lead up to the curation of 'The Fashion of Counter Culture, Obsession, Style and Place' exhibition.

ADLINE (now The Drum) What you think about shock tactics in advertising.

We speak to Brendan (Jockey) from @transalpino and @paul_owenstudio as they search our archive for photographs for their @counter_fashion exhibition that's featured in @LJMUarts and at @lacesoutfest

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