30 Days of Artists: Family that Designs Together, Stays Together

This  year we welcome a returning Art Bra Artist as well as a newcomer and both of these artists share something (or someone!) in common….they’re related to Susan Sheppard –  a breast cancer survivor and Board Member of the Breast Cancer Resource Center! To honor Sue’s journey, her daughter and son-in-law each designed a piece for this year’s event.  Living on opposite coasts, both artists bring a love of costuming and theatrical arts to their creations.

Ellen Sheppard
“Miel Corazon”

Ellen Sheppard is a native Austinite who moved to California to study theatre design. She’s designed costumes, sets and props for a wide variety of stage and screen productions. She currently lives in Seattle, and always jumps at the chance to return to Texas for a good dose of sunshine and Tex-Mex. Ellen drew inspiration for her art bra from a surprising source — the honeybee. “A colony is not just a collection of individuals, but a single entity – supporting decisions, success, and life,” Ellen says. “The honeycomb structure of the bra represents the strength and reinforcement every woman receives from the BCRC community.” Using aluminum molded honeycomb mesh, thermoplastic adhesive, mirrors and paint, Ellen let her creative genius run loose. She started by molding the honeycomb mesh to shape, then got busy as a bee, adding layer upon layer of adhesive, mirrors and paint to achieve the desired effect. We love Ellen’s ingenuity as well as her touching perspective of the BCRC community.

Marc Witmer
“The Stars At Night”

Marc Witmer is a New Jersey native who studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and now currently resides with his husband in New York. Marc considers himself an artist from birth and says he continues to be creative every day. He describes his style as whimsical and loves to create new characters by imagining how they would dress and where they would live.

This year’s piece was inspired by the Ziegfeld Girls of the early 1900s and features Marc’s modern interpretation of these iconic and glamorous ladies. Using glass beads, he hand-sewed each one into place, creating a dazzling metallic fringe. Five different colors of beads were used to add subtle depth to the layered fringe, creating elegant movement. Marc also created an accompanying tiara, dress and stockings to complete this fabulous one-of-a-kind ensemble.



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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