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 Creative Director and founder of www.wearefashion.co.uk and the award winning UN_FOLD Magazine.
Paul is also a practice-based researcher, and is currently exploring a number of research projects. Most recently, his ongoing collaboration with Transalpino with 'The Fashion of Counter Culture, obsession, style and place' exists in exhibition forma. Consisting of a 100 piece collection, magazine articles, artefacts and ephemera that demonstrates a significant moment in time and place, and showcases the impact of branded labels in respect of Terrace Fashion. The project has a focus on working class men, their interest in vintage sportswear labels, documenting how their obsessions, styles and dress codes evolved and how this informed a sub-culture. It also seeks to reveal, restore and clarify current knowledge of Terrace Fashion starting with the birth place of this phenomena: Liverpool.
'Milestone' is a current and 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. Milestone is a publication and series of projection installation pieces.
'UN_FOLD' Magazine is an annual publication in it's fifth year in print. It 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.
His other recent projects include;
Moving the goalposts, print for I Don’t Love Soccer Because Soccer Has Never Loved Me 2018 Exhibition, Liverpool,
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,
2013, Coventry University, United Kingdom, MA Graphic Design (Distinction)
1996, University of Salford, United Kingdom, BA (Hons) Design Studies
MA Graphic Design, United Kingdom, Coventry University, 2011 - 2013
PGCE, United Kingdom, De Montfort University, 2005 - 2007
Editorial/letter to the editor
Owen KJ, Owen P. 2018. Disruptors of the Fashion World. Textile and Place Conference Author Url
Owen PB. Milestone Author Url
Owen P. ADLINE
Engagement & Impact
FHEA, Higher Education Academy. 2015
PGCE in Further & Higher Education. 2007
http://plexus-cotton.com/education/, Plexus Cotton educational project - change the way the world looks at cotton.
http://www.scottiepressarchive.org.uk/, 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..
http://www.thedrum.com/, ADLINE (now The Drum) What you think about shock tactics in advertising..
https://twitter.com/Scottie_Press/status/1068218299769606144, 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.