Kristen Mellberg is a first-time Art Bra artist and a student at The University of Texas. When Kristen first learned of the opportunity to create an art bra, she knew she wanted to design a piece that would make the art bra’s wearer feel “completely bada**.” Her inspiration came from the lead character, Katniss Everdeen, of the trilogy series, Hunger Games. In the books, Katniss is always fighting to survive against the obstacles put in front of her. Kristen created an art bra that resembles Katniss’s lifestyle and wardrobe in the games. She added studs, chains, and red feathers to portray a punk/metal feel. She then hand-sewed each of the beads onto the bra, added spikes, sewed on feathers, pushed through the studs, and made a matching black sequin skirt.
“Girl On Fire”
“Girl On Fire” was created in honor of Kristen’s 8th grade History teacher, Mrs. McNeil, who always supported Kristen in her love for sewing and being creative in school. She describes Mrs. McNeil as not only one of the best teachers she’s ever had, but also her role model. Mrs. McNeil is also a survivor of breast cancer, having undergone treatment a year after Kristen’s graduation. As an artist for Art Bra Austin, Kristen is grateful for the opportunity to give back to an organization that supports those affected by breast cancer, so women like Mrs. McNeil can get back to making a difference in the lives around them.
Art Bra Austin
June 7th, 2014
Austin Music Hall
To learn more about Art Bra Austin or to purchase tickets, visit artbraauastin.org