I heard about a brilliant project this week. A group of quilting ladies in South Carolina have created the most wonderful travelling exhibition in support of Breast Cancer Awareness. The ladies have each contributed one, one-of-a-kind patchwork bra, the likes of which you have never seen before. These amazing embellished, exotic upholstered pieces of underwear are very far removed from M&S, and would probably be extremely uncomfortable to wear, but they're great to look at!
The ladies have made these bras for a variety of reasons, to raise awareness of Breast Cancer, to remember those who have died and to honour those who survive. The bras will be exhibited at quilt groups in South Carolina until the Autumn, when each piece will be auctioned. The funds raised from the auction will be used to help pay for treatment for women in South Carolina who are diagnosed with Breast or Ovarian cancer, and are without medical insurance. I hope that much money is raised, and I will keep my eye out for future news of the auction.
The bra pictured here is called "Carolyn's Garden" and was made by Sue Spillane. Sue made this in memory of her sister in law who died at a very young age leaving small children. The group hopes that by raising awareness and funds, similar tragedies will become less widespread. Breast Cancer is a disease that is affects many people near and dear to us, let's support these initiatives where we can. You can see more of the South Carolina Artful Bras on the Quilters of South Carolina website. Visit again later in the year for news of the October auction.