How Growing Up in San Antonio Inspired My Creative Work

Papel Picado

Welcome to the Wandering Paper Co. blog! My name is Alex, and I am a graphic designer and illustrator based in Dallas. I grew up in San Antonio, Texas, where Mexican heritage and traditions are a huge part of the city’s colorful culture.

It was a fascinating place to grow up: the city held its annual Fiesta celebration every April, we were always prepared for an attack of cascarones at Easter, and in school we honored our ancestors by building ofrendas for el Dia de los Muertos.


It sparked a passion in me—not just to experience the culture of Mexico, but to learn about different places around the world.  Maybe visit my Italian cousins and take a ride in a gondola, or stroll through meticulously manicured gardens in Japan. The possibilities seemed endless. And I vowed that someday, I would find a way to travel and experience these different cultures for myself.
Today, I live in a tiny apartment in downtown Dallas that doubles as my studio. I’ve had many opportunities to travel, and I’ve recently begun a series of linocut prints inspired by pattern and folk art from around the globe.  I hope my work provides a window into a different culture, transporting viewers to a new place, if only for a little while.
Photo Credits:
1. Photo by Magalie L’Abbé with minor adjustments made. Used under Creative Commons.
2. Photo by David with minor adjustments made. Used under Creative Commons.

Published by Alex Hughes

I am a graphic designer from Dallas who loves printmaking, travel, illustration, soccer, and psychology.

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