With a freshly covered bra and a bold heart, I was ready to start decorating the bra... Well, almost. I had NO experience with beadwork or embroidery, and I had learned during the building process that the yellow satin I used was really not very forgiving to snags or mis-stitches. It was time for two of my fav things: learning and testing. I built a test piece that would allow me to see whether my ideas were actually workable, and I am SO glad I did - I had to make some big
I had inspiration. I had a design. I had porcelain components so I could bring myself and my work into the piece. I had made a trip to a local fabric shop with my sister, so I had fabric and thread and glass beads and interface and ribbon and needles. I was ready! Then, as we sat in the car my sister asked "so, how do you build a bra?" GAH! I didn't have clue! Or a bra!
We stopped at a thrift store and got a gently used bra that matched the cup size requirements, tes
Once I had my inspiration for my Art Bra, I began toying with the ideas for how I could incorporate my porcelain work into my piece. I really wanted a fun way for that to shine through. Panels? No, those might not line up right and the fit might be bulky, not to mention heavy. What about...beads? I essentially make beads as part of my jewelry practice already...what if I came up with a shape that I don't already use? SCALES! To go with the scales on the shirt of the stat
Getting started with inspiration! I LOVE learning new things. It makes me feel enlivened and excited. I also enjoy helping those around me. If I get to use my creative gifts to help others AND I have a great time learning new things: BONUS!!!!! When a friend and mentor of mine suggested I hang out with her this Winter while we both made Art Bras for Bra Couture KC's annual gala event, I was intrigued. Once I learned more about the organization and how they "...raise funds
I frequently get asked about how I get the rich, luscious colors that I use for creating. In most instances, it is a blend of pigments called Mason Stains that get added to the clay body. The porcelain is literally teal or black or gray or some other fabulous color that I get the great fortune of creating with. It starts with a blend of stains being added in powdered form to the porcelain. I generally do this when the porcelain is around "yogurt" consistency. A lot of tes