We are fortunate to welcome Cindy Lopez back to Art Bra® Austin!! A little bit about Cindy….she was born in Dallas, Texas where she lived for the majority of her early childhood before moving to Colorado, and then returning to Texas to receive her BFA from Texas State University. Cindy currently resides in Austin with her husband and two sons. In addition to privately commissioned work, her contemporary acrylic and mixed media artwork has been displayed and sold at a variety of public venues and galleries in Texas.
CIndy first became involved with Art Bra Austin because of close friends who have, and currently are battling breast cancer. She describes her participation as an Art Bra Artist as “a super fun way for me to be creative and give in some way to help those battling breast cancer and to honor my loved ones.”
At last year’s event, Cindy submitted a piece entitled “Phoebe Phoenix Rises” featuring a beautiful display of metallic paints over fabric. When she had first brought the piece into BCRC’s office, Cindy also showed us photos of her other work including a roadrunner painted on canvass. We fell in LOVE with her roadrunner and she later decided to use this unique bird as her inspiration for her 2016 submission.
Generously sponsored by The Piazza Center, this four-piece ensemble is inspired by the roadrunner because of its brave and seemingly fearless attributes, much like the women who must face a breast cancer diagnosis. The overall design repurposes rubber and leather into a wearable work of art. To create the bra piece, Cindy cut up old leather jackets into small strips to obtain the abstract form of feathers on a roadrunner. She then painted them in exaggerated colors of the bird’s breast and back feathers. Each piece is individually hand sewn and layered onto the structure of the bra. To finish off the art bra design, Cindy hand-sewed antique and Czech glass beads along the top line of the bra for added sparkle and pizzazz!!
The vintage hat used to make the crest of the bird was handmade by Cindy’s grandmother, a breast cancer survivor. Cindy painted the hat to match the rest of the ensemble, then added feathers and beading. To construct the tail, Cindy drew inspiration form one of her favorite local artists, Ruth Waddy, who uses inner tubes in her jewelry designs. With a little help, Cindy welded together the steel tail structure. She then found some bicycle inner tubes which she cut and painted before wiring the pieces to the tail structure. Finally, she added feathers and beads to complete the overall stunning look!
Cindy’s submission also included a black leather jacket on which she has hand painted astunning roadrunner on the backside. The leather jacket will be auctioned separately on eventnight. These very sophisticated pieces of workmanship were created in honor of Staci, Robin, Natalie,Lara, and Jennifer; and in memory of Becky.
To view more of Cindy Lopez’s work, visit www.cindylopezart.com.
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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.