15 Sep

Support my bra, please


The second annual Artful Bra Project is underway. Last year I made poi filled calabashes for my entry. This year, it’s the Hawaiian flag. My original idea was to make a “Shaka Bra(h)” and have two “hang loose” hands sort of cupping the cups. I still needed to do something to the cups themselves though, so I added the flag bits and the ribbon lei. As I finished up the basic bra, it was actually looking pretty well done. I made some hands, but they turned out underwhelming, so the bra spoke and remains simply a flag.

So, now my bra needs a name, and it needs some financial support which will benefit breast cancer patients and survivors in Hawai’i. All of the altered bras donated to the Artful Bra Project Hawaii will go on to the Pinktober Benefit Auction at the Hard Rock Cafe on October 23rd to earn a little more. Last year, the bras brought in something like $3000 total.

If you’d like to give your support to breast cancer services in Hawai’i please email me or leave a comment. Thank you for your support.

P.S. Robin suggested “Tutu’s Secret” as a name — referencing the Hawaiian name for grandma and obviously the well known bra retailer. I can’t quite imagine tutu wearing this under her mu’u mu’u, but maybe it’s her secret in the same way Hawaiians are said to have hung their flag quilts under their bed canopies during the time of the Provisional and Territorial governments.