30 Days of Artists: Artists Channel Beloved Tradition to Honor Survivors

Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a holiday celebrated throughout Latin America and most strongly associated with Mexico. According to National Geographic, “Assured that the dead would be insulted by mourning or sadness, Dia de los Muertos celebrates the lives of the deceased with food, drink, parties, and activities the dead enjoyed in life.” It is no wonder that artists associate Art Bra® Austin and its celebration of survivors, lifers, and thrivers often draw upon the similarity of the events.

Cynthia Castillo
“Dia De Los Pechos”
Cynthia Castillo teaches art and art history in Round Rock.She says the artwork she personally creates is heavily inspired by her Mexican heritage, nature, the power of color, Pablo Picasso, and her close circle of friends who are artists  they encourage her growth and positivity as well as her love of spreading the arts. Cynthia also creates a lot of mixed media and watercolor drawings/pantings of nature and human anatomy. Examples of her other work are featured below.
Gaining inspiration from the Mexican tradition of “Day of the Dead,” Cynthia gathered cotton, fabric, paper mache, paint, rhinestones and lace to create her fancifulinterpretation of colorful sugar skulls. Far from beingmorose, the Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) is atime-honored and beloved tradition of remembering loved ones who have passed. And with “pechos” being theSpanish word for “breasts,” this bra is a timely andexuberant reminder to honor those who have gone before us while supporting those who are survivors. Here’s to
healthy pechos and a fun Art Bra Austin event!


Jenny Romano
“Dia de los Muertos”
Jenny Romano is a stay-at-home mother who loves making the ordinary extraordinary. “Life is too short,” she says, “so I like to add a little bling to make things sparkle and shine wherever I go.” Jenny grew up on a farm and, feeling a strong connection with nature and animals, understands the circle of life and appreciates it for all its wonder. This new Art Bra Artist loves to volunteer at her kids’ school as well as at local animal rescues and shelters.
Jenny’s friend, Nikki DeLeon, is a breast cancer survivor who was devastated at the recent passing of Holley Kitchen, one of the Austin breast cancer community’s strongest advocates for education. So she set out to create a piece in honor and in memory of all women who have lost their lives to this disease, using Dia de los Muertos as her inspiration. Using a bustier, paint,sequins, crystals and beads, Jenny painstakingly added each tiny detail until she had an exquisite glittering replica of the iconic sugar-skull-and-rose design associated with the popular holiday. This design perfectly mirrors the poignant yet celebratory feel that Art Bra Austin brings to our community  well done, Jenny!


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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