A few weeks ago, I was featured in a Cloth Paper Scissors magazine "On Our Radar" article in the November / December issue. I created some special pieces for the article and I was excited to see them back on my doorstep when I got home from work today. I think there was some curiosity about the bra I made from wire and rice paper, so I thought I'd share more detailed photos so that everyone could take a peep.
This piece started out as a wire-only construction. 20 gauge wire and pliers. And reading glasses. And very sore hands.
The rice paper "fabric" came later. I wanted to create a soft inner layer and decided to experiment with paper. I wrote words of encouragement over and over on a large sheet of rice paper using a felt tip pen. Then I covered the whole piece of paper with a mixture of watered-down acrylic paints. I cut out a bra shape by just eyeballing the wire shape, then lined the rice paper pieces with pattern paper and sewed the whole thing together.
I decided to add some real bra parts and buttons using pieces from my grandma's old button jar. I guess she hung on to old parts just in case she needed to make a repair. I love the resourcefulness of that generation.
The inner "fabric" layer is attached to the wire frame with fine gauge wire. I added tiny flags and encouraging phrases taken from an old childrens' book.
The piece is called "We All Need a Little Support."