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Denver painter Madeleine O’Connell turns her vivid canvases into gorgeous fabric.

Madeleine O’Connell doesn’t shy away from whimsy. The Highland artist’s oil paintings—ornately adorned women and tropical birds, for example—burst with color, and her line of vintage-inspired statement jewelry sparkles. So when we heard about O’Connell’s newest artistic endeavor—fabric design—we were thrilled.
It all began two years ago with a nudge from O’Connell’s sister, who asked to use one of the paintings to make fabric for a shirt. (Creativity runs in the family.) To O’Connell, it was an I-can-do-that moment. “I’ve been painting for 30 years, and I’ve always responded to patterns and textiles and fabrics,” she says. So she photographed portions of her paintings—the tablecloth of a still life, a woman’s dress from a portrait—then used a computer to create patterns.
The result is the newly launched Madeleine O’Connell Textiles, a collection of kaleidoscope-like fabrics. Perfect for an accent pillow or occasion chair, the fabric will add a punch of the unexpected—and some local art—to your home.
Available at Shanahan Collection at the Denver Design District, 595 S. Broadway,

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