Finished my Art Bra for the “Foundations for Recovery” project. My friend Katie is an avid fly-fisherwoman and dedicated volunteer with the non-profit
organization, Casting For Recovery. Katie told me about the fundraising project and I was excited to make an Art Bra for charity -what a fun idea. CFR offers fly-fishing retreats as an introduction for an alternative therapy to women who have had breast cancer and they believe "To Fish is to Hope." The Art Bras will be on display and viewed for the month of October (which is Breast Cancer Awareness month) then will be auctioned at the First Friday Gallery
Walk in November at Half Moon Creek Gallery in Anchorage.
My bra is titled “Alaska Women’s Training Bra”
It is plasma cut and welded from 22 gauge steel, based on the pattern of bra provided –only fortified with, a pair of reclaimed training wheels, galvanized gate latch for the bra hook, aluminum wire mesh bow and lined with faux fur for “comfort.” The idea for my “training bra” was that most Alaskan women are tough, resourceful, supportive, unique and beautiful and those are also the qualities a woman needs to fight cancer, any type of cancer. From CFR; “Cindy was motivated to work on this project because she is a good friend of Katie H. , one of the founders of CFR in Alaska that continues to be part of the program, she
loves to fly fish, and because of her outlook as a leukemia survivor. She directs her energy toward survivorship and the recognition of her mother-in-laws struggle with breast cancer. She strives to focus on the people that are making it in the struggle to live fully -- to give hope -- in the face of the true but sad reality of cancer. Cindy is an Alaskan full time metal artist. She was originally an illustrator and graphhic designer. She turned to metqal sculpture after her leukemia diagnosis. Her current work is with the commercial and residential market."
Here are some other links to Art Bra Projects.
The artful bras project, Bras for a Cause –Members of Quilters of South Carolina
Chesapeake Medical Center’s Bra-ha-ha
Fiji Cancer Society