Inspired by her mother, Olivia learned to sew at an early age. The youngest of 17 kids, she wanted to be a fashion designer when she grew up. Art Bra® Austin gives her a chance to fulfill her childhood dreams! Although she doesn’t consider herself an artist, Olivia takes being “crafty” to an entirely new level! As a 3-year survivor and a veteran Art Bra Austin Model and Artist, Olivia knows how magical and empowering this event is for everyone involved. This year, she put her heart and soul into creating three different pieces to honor three very dear friends. Olivia also serves as this year’s Co-Chair for the Art Bra Model Committee.
“Battle Ready: Don’t Give Up!”
Crafting this piece in memory of her cherished friend Holley Kitchen, Olivia used armor-like material to represent how bold, fierce and battle ready Holley was to the very end. Using chain mail to meticulously weave each piece of scale mail together, she then added Swarvoski crystals to produce a magnificent piece that shows true grit. She chose pink and black because those are her personal fighting colors. Chain and scale mail refers to armor that is made from metal rings which are joined together in a pattern to form a protective mesh. Historically this kind of armor was used to protect soldiers on the battlefield. This stunning piece of wearable art achieves Olivia’s goal of combining strength and fight with softness and beauty.
“It’s My Life”
This bra is inspired and created for the model wearing it: Lisa Ellis! Because Lisa is a fan of the big hair bands of the 80’s, Olivia’s intention was to capture the bold, daring, and entertaining look of the era, as well as Lisa’s strength in her current battle with Chemo and stage IV breast cancer. Using a black corset, Olivia added the ever so popular 1980’s leopard print to tie in the infamous “Glam Metal” bands such as Motley Crue, Poison and Def Leppard. And of course no outfit in the 80’s would be complete without rhinestones, studs and chains! Olivia finished the piece by adding sequined wings and the breast cancer ribbon.
“Lenses: Fear or Faith”
This unique piece of art portrays two very different ways one may describe hard times. The lens of fear is depicted with a dark cloudy night which represents a frame of mind that only views experiences as black or white, good or bad. The other lens, the lens of faith is depicted by a view of the galaxy. According to Olivia, “if we could see things from God’s perspective we would see all the unfathomable plans and know why a series of events happens.” Olivia used hangers and pipe cleaners to create the lenses. She then painted each side of the bra individually using multiple paint colors, glitter glue, and floral lights. Olivia created this work of art in memory of her cherished friend Amber Gillespie with whom she believed shared the perspective of viewing life through the lens of faith.
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All art bras will be auctioned off at BCRC’s signature charity event to raise funds to support local women affected by breast cancer. To learn more about Art Bra Austin, visit www.artbraaustin.org
Art Bra photography generously provided by Flashbax23.