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.
'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,
2013, Coventry University, United Kingdom, MA Graphic Design (Distinction)
1996, University of Salford, United Kingdom, BA (Hons) Design Studies
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
MA Graphic Design, United Kingdom, Coventry University, 2011 - 2013
PGCE, United Kingdom, De Montfort University, 2005 - 2007
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 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 KJ, Owen P. 2018. Disruptors of the Fashion World. Textile and Place Conference Author Url
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
Owen PB. Milestone Author Url
Owen P. ADLINE
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
FHEA, Higher Education Academy. 2015
PGCE in Further & Higher Education. 2007
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.