Claudia Tejada is a diehard Art Bra® Austin fan – she has submitted art bras each year since its very inception. “Every year, someone I know is diagnosed with cancer,” Claudia says, “This event gives me the opportunity to honor and memorialize those I love and care about – in a setting that is joyous, fun and full of surprises, while also focusing on strength, courage, and support for survivors. And, the art bras are simply amazing.”
Alvin, for encouraging her to create and always be aware of what surrounds her. This is evident in her love of all things Southwestern, noting that her inspiration comes from nature, Southwest design, and the simple elegance of designer Ralph Lauren. When she’s not designing and creating, Claudia loves to travel with her husband, read, write and dine out with family and friends.
Created in memory of her dear friend, Narda Martinez Hurt, Claudia captured the beauty, transformation and spirit of breast cancer survivors with this butterfly-hummingbird-dragonfly-themed bra. Gathering materials like vintage pins, jeweled and paper insects, glass beads, semi-precious stones and silk flowers, Claudia attached pieces to the bra form. She then filled in the spaces with painted and hand-sewn accents. She finished by adding netting to suggest wings. This one of a kind art bra is a poignant reminder of the beauty, strength and fragility of life, something that breast cancer survivors know all too well.
Claudia says, “When Narda passed away in July, I knew this art bra would be created especially for her. She and I both loved these “messengers” with wings. They are symbolic in many cultures of joy, strength, love, life cycles, transformation, hope, and happiness… In some of the darkest moments, one of these would just show up – and we would smile and know someone, somewhere, someplace was thinking of her with so much love.”
ART BRA AUSTIN
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.