Although she’s new to the Art Bra Austin event, Lori Lea Garza is anything but new to the breast cancer community. A mammographer at The Breast Center at St. David’s Medical Center, Lori has worked within the breast health community for over ten years. “I’ve created, participated, and volunteered in various events from 5K walks,educational presentations, and fundraising for the cause,” she says, “I also have an aunt who’s a breast cancer survivor and two friends who lost their mother to breast cancer.”
And although she does not really consider herself an artist, we beg to differ. ” I just like to bling out anything I can, from bras, bowling pins, shoes, to cell phones,” she says, “And when I moved to Austin a year ago and saw how fun Art Bra Austin is, I knew I wanted to participate.
Lori Lea Garza
“Wild About Those TaTas”
Using crystals, felt, Hello Kitty label, ribbons, boas and crystal beads, Lori created a bra that signifies the fight that breast cancer survivors go through. “They start timid and scared like a young cat, and then they come out a fighter and stronger, like a lion. They’re invincible,” says Lori. “I’ve seen firsthand the struggle they go through, and I’ve met so many strong women along the way.”
Created in memory of Oralia Garza and Edelmira DeLuna, Lori says all survivors are pink warriors to her. For someone who spends many hours of her day in contact with people diagnosed with breast cancer, this new artist has perfectly captured the essence of Art Bra Austin — playful, whimsical and fun, but with a strong undercurrent of poignancy.
ART BRA AUSTIN
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