Although she doesn’t label herself an artist, Marjorie Gallece loves fiber arts and embroidery and has dabbled in many other art forms over the years. And while she did design a bra for Art Bra Austin’s precursor event called “Graphic,” this is the first time Marjorie has designed a piece for Art Bra Austin!
Marjorie is also a breast cancer survivor. Five years after electing to have a bilateral mastectomy without reconstruction, she joined the BCRC staff in 2005 as a Certified Patient Navigator. Marj now leads the organization’s efforts in Williamson Country, navigating those affected by breast cancer through diagnosis, treatment, recovery and beyond. Inspired to use yarn that hints of the great outdoors, Marjorie created an art bra that honors two fallen sisters who loved nature and found great solace in it.
Marjorie was inspired by a poem by Mary Oliver, “Sleeping in the Forest,” which begins with “I thought the earth remembered me, she took me back so tenderly, arranging her dark skirts, her pockets full of lichens and seeds.” Marjorie gathered yarns that resembled feathers and twine sewed them into a burlap base on the bra, creating a piece that is at once organic and beautifully feminine.
“As an employee of the BCRC, I am intimately aware of how this disease attacks not only the body but a woman’s psyche,” says Marjorie. ” I am always in awe of the models and their bravery in walking the runway and modeling.”
She wishes to honor friends Maria Wetzel and Chris Miller, who both loved the outdoors and who were lost to breast cancer.
ART BRA AUSTIN
All art bras will be auctioned off at BCRC’s signature charity event on June 6, 2015 at the Austin Music Hall. All funds raised goes to support local women affected by breast cancer. To learn more about Art Bra Austin, visit www.artbraaustin.org