On top of working as a graphic designer and illustrator, Paul Twa integrates a colourful and illustrative flair into his line of products, which include cool pillows and apparel, for people’s homes and wardrobes. The images he creates take inspiration from history and the natural world, which he then applies to his products to allow them to become part of one’s daily life. Catch her at the Bison from November 30 to December 2, follow him on Instagram (@paultwa) to see more of his work and read on to discover what inspires him!
Royal Bison: What draws you to making or designing things?
Paul Twa: It’s my way of contributing to the visual world we live in and expressing all my built-up creative energy that needs releasing. Design not only exists in the present but also becomes a part of our history and that legacy is something I find so rewarding.
RB: What’s new for your line or business this season?
PT: Brand new illustrations for apparel and pillowcases!
RB: What do you think sets your work apart from similar makers or designers?
PT: My work embraces colour, texture, and pattern enthusiastically. I’m drawn towards dense visual imagery and nods to the past which differs from more modern/minimalist aesthetics.
RB: How do you feel about being a part of the Edmonton creative community?
PT: It has been exciting to transition from being a full-time student to a contributing creative in Edmonton. I have admired and looked up to so many in our community for years and it never ceases to amaze me how much talent is packed in this city and how welcoming they are to give advice and encouragement.
RB: Please gush about a few of your designer, maker, or creative crushes!
PT: My favourite contemporary creators are Brad Woodward and Josh Emrich, who both work as graphic designers while also selling their personal work on the side. Their work is infused with humour and a retro sensibility I always drool over. More historical inspirations include Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and my great-aunt (a textile designer) Sylvia Chalmers.
RB: Do you have a favourite holiday tradition you can share with us?
PT: Decorating gingerbread houses. It’s something that brings me and my other creative siblings together over the holidays and the assembling process is even more fun than eating it afterwards.