30 Days of Artists: Anissa Gahagan | HeArt Nouveau

Anissa GahaganAnissa was drawn to creative activities at an early age. As a native Austinite, she feels fortunate to have grown up in a creative environment. Anissa attended UT and ACC, where she took several art and design classes. Over the years her creations have been sold, including a few commissioned pieces, as well as gifted to family and friends. Anissa is married to her best friend, David, who she says puts up with her creative hobbies. Together they live in the country with their adorable and energetic cat, Bella. She and her husband are also active in their local volunteer fire department. Today, there are still many creative outlets she enjoys in her free time — jewelry-making, reading and editing books for an indie author, paper crafts, flower arranging, photography, and cross stitch, to name a few. She always enjoys learning a new craft or technique. This is Anissa’s fourth year as an artist for Art Bra Austin. Her previous designs have adhered to recurring themes in entertainment, including Cabaret, Vaudeville, Broadway and Hollywood. Anissa describes her designs as covering a wide range of styles. She admits favoring classic themes with a little sparkle and shine, or as Anissa puts it, “A girl’s got to have some bling!” Anissa’s art bra this year follows this classic styling, while also being theatrical with a vintage flair. Inspired by everyone at the Breast Cancer Resource Centers of Texas – the navigators, the volunteers and especially the clients – Anissa is grateful she can lend her support to such a worthy cause. Her own friend, Jane, became a BCRC client after being diagnosed with breast cancer, and is now a 10 year survivor!

 “HeArt Nouveau”

 HeArt Nouveau HeArt Nouveau was inspired by the decor and art pieces of Art Nouveau designs in the early 20th century. Early on in her creative process Anissa was intrigued by the beautiful colors and organic, flowing lines of several antique vases and tiles. She considered taking inspiration from the dress fashions of the time, but in the end decided to create her art bra design using the decadant art pieces that first caught her attention. In seeking out her materials, Anissa discovered an amazing art of soutache. While she ended up not creating a typical soutache piece for her design, Anissa used the soutache cord as my trim and main design element. The soutache cord is hand sewn over the organza base, also hand sewn, and accented with Swarovski crystals, 14K GP chain, glass beads and pewter links that complement the Art Nouveau style. The final touch is the crystal “necklace” worn down the back and a crystal link and “wild heart” pendant at the center of the design. The HeArt of the design. HeArt Nouveau was created in honor of the women affected by breast cancer and in memory of those who have passed on.


You can follow Anissa on Twitter at @bleutulips

Art Bra Austin
June 7th, 2014
Austin Music Hall

To learn more about Art Bra Austin or to purchase tickets, visit artbraauastin.org

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