Saturday, February 24, 2007

What is an art bra and how do you make one?

Karen asks:
What is an art bra? My friend is making one and acts like it's a big secret. Can I make one?

An art bra is basically an artistically decorated bra; an embellished bra. Art bras are fun - they are popular items for artists to make for Breast Cancer fundraisers. What you do is take a regular bra - usually padded - and cover it with fabric or beads or paint - or all three plus whatever else comes to mind. Some art bras have a theme, some are serious, some are funny, some are just decorated and given a name. There are calendars made with art bras which are also sold as fundraisers.

Since the bras will not be worn you can use any material you like to decorate them with. You don't have to worry about keeping the sides or the straps elastic and you should decorate them too. Here are some links to view some art bras.
A Way to Women's Wellness 2007
A Way to Women's Wellness 2006
Celebrating the Female Form

I think your friend might be so excited about her art bra that she just wants to wait until it's done before she shows you. In some cases, these are very special pieces with a lot of meaning behind them.

Hope this answers your question!

1 comment:

Vickie said...

Hi, I hope you can post a note about "ArtBras". This is a term registered and coined in 2003 when I asked designers to create ArtBras for our first Way to Women's Wellness ArtBra Calendar.

Our 2010 WTWW ArtBra Calendar is on sale now at
Thank you!
Victoria Brown