30 Days of Artists: Opposites Attract to Create a Shimmering Piece of Wearable Art

Take two young and highly gifted people with polar opposite creative processes, and what do you get? A mind meld that produces a one-of-a-kind Art Bra. While Lily Parish draws inspiration from emotion — sometimes a single idea, moment, facial expression or phrase inspires an entire screenplay, poem or painting — Walker Winn’s style comes from finding beauty in order and calculation. And while Lily, an artist, storyteller and “professional space cadet” and Walker, a soon-to-be-graduated pharmacy student, have no personal connection to BCRC or even breast cancer, they were  understand the gravity of the disease and are eager to create and collaborate in order to give back to their community. It’s through this kind of youthful passion and unleashed creativity, combined with a commitment to women’s health and community service, that Art Bra Austin continues to flourish.


Lily Parish & Walker Winn
“Sea Glass”

Using sea glass, copper wire, glass beads, fabric, Lily and Walker utilized the “divide and conquer” technique to pull off this piece of wearable art. Walker first painted the piece, matching the colors of his squares to the sea glass he has once collected as a child during family trips to the beach. A detail image from the original painting can be viewed below. You’ll see the painting’s color-drenched squares that reflect Winn’s signature style; his use of resin with oil strengthens the impact of each piece with enhanced color intensity and extreme sheen.


Meanwhile, Lily used her artistic skills to individually wrap each sea glass piece with copper and form the art bra’s straps. She then screen printed Winn’s detail image on silk Crepe de Chine, and finished the look by hand-sewing her copper-wrapped sea glass design along the cups of the art bra. As Lily worked, she began to see the symbology between something that had been broken, tumbled, effected by life and then transformed into something beautiful. She often found herself singing the lyrics to “Shattered and Hollow” from the band First Aid Kit:

“I am in love and I am lost
But I’d rather be
Broken than empty
Oh, I’d rather be
Shattered than hollow
Oh, I’d rather be
By your side”



More of Walker’s work can be seen at walkerwinnart.com 


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

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