30 Days of Artists: Annaliese Martin | Find Light In The Dark

Annaliese grew up in the country outside of Austin and claims when she was young she always wanted to “do everything” when she grew up. She’s since moved to San Antonio; her untamed spirit still very much reflected in her expansive work history, which includes working in a horticultural design company, at an Asian restaurant, and in the semiconductor industry. Annaliese’s education history is just as wide-ranging, comprising of technical theater, international relations, and project management. As Annaliese puts it, she is well on her way to achieving her goal of doing it all. So why not add ‘Art Bra Artist’ to the mix?

Annaliese’s artistic style is shaped by travel, nature, industrial, and outer space. She has dabbled in many different types of art and enjoys playing with art supplies and found items, repurposing items to give them new life. A creative at heart, Annaliese has taken a variety of different types of arts and crafts classes throughout her life, and credits learning her sewing skills from her mother and grandmother. She always seems to come back to nail polish and nail art, and loves to use nail polish to paint small projects.

In 2013, Annaliese attended her first Art Bra Austin show and fell in love. She originally attended in support of her mother-in-law, Debi Martin, who she says, “has beaten breast cancer with the incredible help of BCRC.” It had been awhile since Annaliese had done anything creative, but the energy in the room from the models, the amazing art bras, and learning about the wonderful services BCRC provides just blew her away. “Within five minutes of walking in the door, I knew I wanted to be a part of it.” Annaliese started brainstorming art bra ideas that very same night.

Ultimately Annaliese decided she would do a design around hot air balloons. She had gone on a vacation with her husband to Washington D.C., where they visited the Air and Space Museum. Annaliese saw a small model of an airship and knew immediately what theme she would use for the art bra: Steampunk! She started looking around for parts and pieces, began building prototypes out of paper, and eventually gathered the courage to assemble the parts.

“Find Light In The Dark”

“Find Light In The Dark” is a Steampunk-themed art bra and Annaliese’s first foray in the genre. Inspired by the model airships at Washington D.C.’s Air and Space Museum, the art bra is compiled from many different items, including, a flashlight, light-up greeting card, and even a children’s lightning bug keeper. Almost all the pieces of Find Light In the Dark are refurbished items. The paint is actually nail polish and Annaliese’s husband did the soldering. Some of the techniques incorporated include a combination of paper mache and modge podge, sewing, soldering, and LED manipulating.

Art BraFind Light In The Dark was made in honor of Annaliese’s mother-in-law, Debi Martin, who will be modeling once again at the 2014 Art Bra Austin.

Visit Annaliese’s Community Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/amuseliese

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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