30 Days of Artists: Austin Fiber Artist Experiments with Japanese Art of Shibori

Art Bra Artist Anita MesterAnita Mester is a Texas-born quilter and fiber artist who loves to experiment with dyes, fibers and paper. Although she has no connection to BCRC and has never participated in Art Bra before, she says she was inspired when she heard BCRC staffers Robin Leonard and Meghan Jones speak about the work of the Center, which lead to her desire to share her work with the community. What she wound up creating is a stunning  piece of wearable art that any model would be fortunate to wear.





Anita Mester
“Shibori Blue”

Using two dozen white silk scarves, dyes, Swarovski crystals, beads, ribbon and lace, Anita used the Japanese method of Shibori which is the art of fabric tying, folding, pleating and dyeing. “Each scarf was individually plucked, bound, stitched and gathered, folded and clamped, or wrapped around poles and pleated,” Anita says, “After the scarves were prepared they were hand dyed with silk dyes, but you can never entirely control the process, so the results are often surprising.”

Art Bra "Shibori Blue"

The bra comes with accompanying skirt, necklace and headband made of the same materials and prepared using the same Shibori technique. Austin Fiber Artist member Debbie Seitz added the Swarovski crystals as a finishing touch to this beautiful creation.



All art bras will be auctioned off at BCRC’s signature charity event on June 6, 2015 at the Austin Music Hall. All funds raised goes to support local women affected by breast cancer. To learn more about Art Bra Austin, visit www.artbraaustin.org

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