30 Days of Artists: Art Bra Model Returns as Artist

To most, Art Bra Austin is a powerful and inspiring event. So it is no wonder why artists, models, and guests return to the show year after year. Some, like Florence, even add or change roles. Last year, Florence participated as an Art Bra Model, but this year, she returns as an artist – giving another Austin woman the opportunity to feel as beautiful and triumphant as she had felt on the Art Bra Austin runway.

After obtaining her degree in art education, Florence spent 25 years as a jewelry designer. Some of her creations were even worn by Erica Kane on the soap, All My Children! Besides designing, she also taught belly dancing which allowed her to combine her artistic side with her love of dance and penchant for teaching. Gradually she moved her art career over to owning a horse ranch; and now her life is filled with her family and horses! Florence modeled last year to “put a fun exclamation mark on the end of what was a pretty miserable 2014.” She describes BCRC as a kind of family, saying, “I may not see them much now, but I know they are there and at the touch of the phone will lend me whatever support I need.”

For this year’s art bra, Florence seized her creative idea from a simple but lovely chain she had in her art supplies. While creating and building around the chain, she kept reflecting, “Cancer is not going to chain me down.” While creating the art bra, Florence came across a pair of sequin “wings” that reminded her of taking flight and breaking free of the chains. She attached these wings to bottom lining of the bra’s cups so it drapes down over the belly, and finished the piece by embellishing it with sequins and crystals. The resulting look is both stunning and elegant!

Find out more about Florence and her horse ranch at www.spicewoodfarms.com.


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.

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