Hey, I’m Maggie

I’m a textile artist, handbag and pet gear designer, living in Madison, WI with my husband and two ridiculous dogs (of the frenchie and pug variety).


Being a chronic daydreamer has lead me to creative outlets in textiles, photography and fashion design and production. After completing my Textile and Apparel Design Bachelor’s at UW-Madison and my Associates in Accessory Design at FIT in New York City, I landed a job designing handbags for brands such as Nicole Miller, Lucky Brand, Franco Sarto and Jessica Simpson.


I returned to Madison in the Summer of 2013 where I began prototyping my first handbag line on a laser cutter at maker-space Sector67 as well as cultivating my knowledge in marketing working at high-end women’s boutique, iona. In February, 2015 I launched and sold my first custom printed handbag line, Maggie Modena, at iona.


Most of my prints are mixed-media, using photographs, drawings, paintings compiled in Photoshop and Illustrator to make a repeat pattern. For some time, I’ve been focused on digital printing, but also have a background in screen printing and index-colored printing. My work reflects my daydreaming mind and my love for naturally found beauties applied in a practical manner. All patterns can be confined to something that balances it. That’s where I excel best: creating patterns for specific pieces, applications, and presentations.


As of 2016, I’ve started making custom textile work for clients. Between textiles being my natural strength and greatest love, I hope to continue expanding more into designing textiles for more clients.


You make backpacks for dogs?

Yep! It all started when I made a matching human and dog backpack for my pug. After all of the smiles and inquiries I got, I launched a Kickstarter in November, 2015 and it was funded by December, 2015. Since then, it’s been a permanent addition and focus of my line, becoming its own entity: Pups Who Pack, and has since expanded into other dog accessories.


Contact Information

If you’d like to get in touch for custom textiles, freelancing, collaborations, or just want to say hello, you can reach me at maggie@maggiemodena.com



Pups Who Pack Press Kit