30 Days of Artists: Martha Ilger | “Night/Day” & “Awesomeness”

Martha IlgerMartha is a 7-year breast cancer survivor and an active volunteer for BCRC and Scare for a Cure. The threat of cancer has always played a huge role in Martha’s life – not only was she diagnosed in 2007, but she also lost her mother at an early age to ovarian cancer. In light of this, Martha has dedicated her life to supporting organizations that support women diagnosed with cancer, including BCRC and Scare for a Cure. In addition to being both a model and artist in this year’s Art Bra Austin, Martha is also an integral member of BCRC’s Décor Committee for the event. She is grateful to be able to give back in such a meaningful way.






“When you are diagnosed with breast cancer, your life gets turned upside down and everything that was once simple becomes confusing and frustrating.” This is the inspiration behind Martha’s “Night/Day” art bra. The black lace represents the darker moments of one’s cancer journey, while the white feathers represent the good that can come from it. All the elements of its design are hand-sewn, including the black and iridescent flower appliqué that outlines each side of the bra. This piece was created in honor of everyone at The BCRC, including its wonderful volunteers and Art Bra Austin sponsors.

Night and Day



The inspiration behind this piece is Martha’s attitude towards life after defeating breast cancer. She decided to use a sparkling red lace fabric to represent her fierceness and bold determination in conquering whatever is thrown her way. The red lace fabric is carefully sewed over a white bra, and then interlaced with a sequin-studded white fabric over the bra’s straps. Martha plans to use similar fabrics to complete the “Awesomeness” design with a matching outfit that is sure to impress!

Art Bra Austin

Art Bra Austin
June 7th, 2014
Austin Music Hall

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