Get Stranded with a Paper Artist, Denver Milk Market's Small Talk Series


Get Stranded with a Paper Artist, Denver Milk Market's Small Talk Series


Wednesday, March 20, 2019

About the Event



Are you ready to "get stranded" with a paper artist? Join Denver Milk Market's Stranded Pilgrim's small talk-style series with some of Denver’s most buzzed-about leaders. They’re here to educate and answer your questions. Mix, mingle and join the conversation!

Walking through the market you'll discover an art display of fashion pieces. Upon closer review, you'll notice these pieces are actually made from PAPER! Hear from two talented and accomplished Paper Fashion Show award-winners, Katie O'Neil and Michelle Lieser-Booren, and Olivia Gonzales, the Paper Fashion Show creative director, as they speak about their inspiration and process for creating these incredible pieces of art.

Katie O’Neil has created several gowns for the Paper Fashion Show—most while she was still in high school. In 2016, she won second place. Katie draws inspiration from nature, architecture, and art she’s encountered in her travels in Colorado and around the world. Lux Nova, the dress now on display at Denver Milk Market, was inspired by the stained glass windows at La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona.

Michelle Lieser-Booren is intrigued by the “tensions between the definitions of art and fashion, and where those definitions overlap.” She has participated in the Paper Fashion Show for many years, and each of her creations highlights the art-fashion tension with dramatic originality. Her “Guardian,” now on display at Denver Milk Market, was inspired by the Winged Victory of Samothrace. It won second place at PFS in 2017.

In addition to being the emcee of the 2017 show, Olivia Gonzales has created the stage design for 2017, 2018 and the 2019 The Paper Fashion Show. She will be discussing her vision and inspiration for the stage design and the 2019 Paper Fashion Show promotional video. 

This is a FREE event, please RSVP to help us plan!

Thank you to our sponsors, Tewell Warren Printing, Ellen Bruss Design and Mohawk.


Check out the amazing paper dresses created by Michelle Lieser-Booren and Katie O'Neil:

Stranded with an Artist


Katie O'Neil

Paper Artist

My name is Katherine O’Neil. From a young age I new I wanted to design clothing. I’ve always loved to draw, but when I was about 11 years old I started draping sheets around my friends to make “wedding dresses”. In high school I was introduced to the One Club For Creativity Denver’s Paper Dress Fashion Show. I created gowns for the fashion show from 2013-2016 and again in 2018, winning second place in 2016. During the summer of 2017 I was given a scholarship to study fashion abroad in Paris. I am currently studying fashion design at Colorado State University with my expected graduation in the spring of 2020.

Growing up I was lucky enough to explore much of Colorado and the many other places around the world, allowing me to truly appreciate my surroundings. Because of this, my designs have always been inspired by the nature, architecture, and art I’ve experienced. Lux Nova, the dress that is on display at the Milk Market in Denver was created in 2015. It was inspired by the stained glass windows at La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. This gown has also been on display at the Colorado History Museum and the Denver Art Museum in 2015 and 2016.

Michelle Lieser-Booren

Paper Artist

Michelle Lieser-Booren is an artist and designer from Northern Colorado. In 2013 she earned a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts with and emphasis in Painting from Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. It was at RMCAD that she first heard about the Paper Fashion Show, and has since participated in six shows creating nine different paper looks. Besides paper garments, Lieser-Booren’s art practice also includes oil painting, designing and creating apparel, and a variety of other 2-D media.

Olivia Gonzales


Olivia is the creative director for the Paper Fashion Show. She has done work in multiple areas in the fashion industry including modeling, being on the production team, and creating stage designs as well as costumes. She is a free lance artist and loves doing local work. When Olivia isn't creating art, she spends her time traveling the world as a professional mermaid


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