30 Days of Artists: Featuring the Art Institute of Austin

These first time artists from the Art Institute of Austin took on this creative challenge to help empower women they have never met. Using their own creative wits to produce different visual outcomes, this diverse group of artists were all inspired by the beauty of this event and the courage of the models. Drawing inspiration from classic designers such as Christopher Paul Bailey at Burberry, Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel, and Oscar de la Renta, these young artists also attracted to the designs of new fashion icons and brands such as Saaya Hayashida in Japan and the high end women’s wear line from Marchesa. Take note of these young new artists and their inspiring work…they may one day be featured fashion designers for runway shows.

Courtney Marshall
“Blooming Life”

Courtney Marshall first found her interest in art while growing up in the Texas Hill Country. Ever since Courtney first heard of the Art Institute, she knew she wanted to pursue a career in the fashion industry. When approached with the idea of making an art bra, Courtney found herself inspired by her love for and the beauty of flowers. This creation is a call of nature – representing life, growth and love. Flowers have a beautiful life cycle, and many times they must overcome the roughest of circumstances to bloom again in the spring. Courtney formed each rosette from ric-rac and created the stems from green beads. She completed the design by adding a dusting of black fringe. The overall design is both flattering and feminine…it sure looks like Courtney has a bright future ahead of her!


Day Avery
“Button me up”

Day Avery considers herself not just an artist, but also a creative. She has the ability to see beauty and draw inspiration from just about anything – and in this case, the button, which isn’t just a fastener! Buttons are often simple and unassuming, yet they can also be surprisingly whimsical and trendy. Dating back 5,000 years ago, this little intricate fashion piece is here to stay.

Day’s art bra design was influenced by Patrick Kelly, an African American designer known for creating garments with the use of many colorful buttons. She hand-embroidered each colorful button and flower to create an amusing, positive, happy display of art! We have no doubt this festive piece will bring a smile to your face and brighten every room!!

Deanna Krueger
“Mother Nature”

Deanna loves a challenge, especially when she has the opportunity to have “unlimited creativity.” Having a big heart, she was thrilled to participate in Art Bra Austin and hopes to “make others feel happy, loved and beautiful.” This piece brings to life the exquisiteness and significance of Mother Nature: life-giving and nurturing. It is a reminder to us all that there is a beginning to everything in life and beauty in everything we see.

Deanna’s creation incorporates hand-sewn beads, flowers, vines, butterflies, birds and embroidery floss. The design transfers the joy of the outside world to any room inside!

Leticia Gutierrez
“Love and Beauty”

While living in Hawaii, Leticia’s fashion design inspiration bloomed as she worked with a friend creating handmade purses. From that point on, her artistic style has flourished. Now in Austin, she has decided to formalize her creative side and enrolled in The Art Institute of Austin. Designing with a purpose, Leticia wanted to beautify the prominent pink ribbon; a symbol for hope and love for every person who is touched by cancer. The color pink symbolizes love, compassion, nurturing, and good health. She used organza to create wings that inspire flight and freedom from cancer. This delicate piece is entirely hand embroidered with love, hope and beauty.

Lucano Molina-McPhail
“Lagoon Spirit”

A lover of Japanese street fashion and music, Lucano describes his artistic style as ranging from classic romantic to bizarre upbeat. “I like to give a story of contemplation and reflection. Other times I just want to spark joy!” The meaning behind Lucano’s given name translates to “I am a bringer of light” – and that is exactly what he hopes to do with his art bra.

When creating his piece, Lucano was inspired by “a spirit of beauty. A beauty that held a lot of power, a power of danger. A tight knit group of spirits that had a sense community with each other. Beauty, danger, and sisterhood to reveal the alluring mermaid of the soul.” He began by dying the bra in three rounds of different colors, then patterned out the cups to sew on the web fabric over them. Lucano did another round of dyeing for each color with the web fabric on, and finished the look by hand-beading shell accents to give it the alluring effect of a mermaid in the lagoon. The design is impeccably thought-out and well made…we can’t wait to see it brought to life on June 4th!



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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