Saturday, January 7, 2012

Artybra from Start to Finish

I recently completed a piece for a local exhibition entitled "Artybra". Artists were asked to create a bra that will be auctioned off. The proceeds benefit the local breast cancer center here. I decided to create a Midsummer Night's Dream themed bra. My first task was to find a bra that wouldn't break the bank. (Thank you Walmart for you inexpensive $6 two packs!) Next I did some concept sketches and eventually decided upon this one.

Next I began to paint directly onto the bra with acrylics. This was a bit of a tricky task as the microfiber that the bra was made of tended to absorb a lot of the color that was being applied. Layering seemed to work best...
Next I cut out an assortment of leaves and flowers in various sizes out of felt. (I already had felt on hand and it's fairly inexpensive. This is why I chose to use this particular material.)

After that I began placing the leaves and flowers on the bra and sewing them in place.
One of my favorite little details was the little leaves and flowers in the back at the clasp. Even though this bra is meant to be a work of art and therefore not worn, I felt that the little details like this are what makes it special.  
After I added vines, leaves and flowers to the hanger, the piece was finished!

I really like the finished piece and can't wait to see how much the gallery earns in the fight to end breast cancer. I dedicated my bra to my best friend's mother who has been battling breast cancer for over a year. She is truly an inspiration to me and I hope that in my own small way this piece will help her and others like her. Wishing all of you a very blessing filled week! Remember to live each and every day to your fullest.


  1. That is such a cool idea! I love it!

  2. Hi Rebecca, Gorgeous piece! What a neat idea to make artbras! I enjoyed looking at your piece from start to finish. Good luck at the auction.

  3. Beautiful piece of art Rebecca. Each year I am amazed at the designs and details. Dedicating it makes it even more special :-)

  4. What a lovely contribution to a very worthy cause!!

  5. This is the post that I came to find your blog from. I am creating a designer spring/summer lingerie design and need ideas, but when it comes to sewing or executing the garmet I'm not good with the sewing machine!! I really love this idea, and think you would be great to help me with the collection. Of course you will be paid for your work, or if you want to go in partners we can split the profit down the middle!! PLEASE get back to me, you deff have the skills I need as a partner on this venture!! Love your work, your sketching, and your blog. I hope to talk to you soon,