30 Days of Artists: Two Artists Design for the Love of Family
BCRC receives art bra submissions from all over the county. They come from professional and amateur artists from all walks of life. Some are made in collaboration with a specific model, others are not. This year, we had two models who made special requests of their loved ones…“Would you create an art bra for me?”
Eric Rogers, Jr.
When Sarah Geis asked family friend, Eric Rogers, Jr., to create an art bra for her to model, Eric jumped at the chance. “I love Sarah as if she were my daughter,” Eric explains. “To be asked to design a bra that she will wear is truly an honor and a blessing from God.” A plumber by trade,Eric took an art appreciation course that inspired him to create his own interpretations of objects that he observes, using upscale fixtures of his trade as his medium.
Eric gathered plumbing fixtures like plumbing wire, tube, fittings and bicycle lights to create his heavy metal art bra for Sarah. Far from the typical PVC materials that many are used to, Eric chose elegant, upscale copper to make a bold statement piece. Copper is a strong material, one that gets more beautiful as it’s exposed to the elements, making it a perfect representation of the breast cancer survivor. Treatment and recovery are tough, but often create a burnish that is beautiful because of the experience. We can’t wait to see this gleaming piece of art at this year’s event!
Lynn P. Pierce
“What Are The Odds?”
Lynn P. Pierce is a degreed artist who draws inspiration from her formative years in Reno,Nevada. A few years ago, Lynn began working with clay and now does sculptures with Nevada themes. She mainly depicts scenes of old Reno casinos and neon casino art. She fire mainly with the raku process which she says is like gaming because each firing is also a gamble. Although creating sculptures takes up most of her time, in her leisure hours Lynn likes to read and spend time outdoors
When her sister, Sandi Emerson, asked her to create a piece for this year’s show, Lynn stayed true to her inspiration. She created a piece using authentic gaming felt, and vintage gaming dice from Harold’s Club, a casino in Reno that closed in 1995. Lynn hand embroidered the gaming felt then stitched all of the pieces together. The result is a playful yet compelling statement –when it comes to breast cancer, no one likes the odds.
ART BRA AUSTIN
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.