Celebrities, Designers & Artists.
2011 is the first time the Show Us Your BRA!™ Calendar, initially launched in 2000, will be created and sponsored by All4One Alliance, a partnership of four unique nonprofits. In these challenging economic times when need is growing and resources are shrinking, it is unprecedented that four such respected nonprofit organizations have joined together to better serve women in need.
In this spirit of collaboration, we are thrilled to welcome the notable celebrity designers, entertainers and artists, along with soon-to-be-known artists, who have given so generously of their time, creativity, and talent to conceive and construct artistic, witty and fashionable interpretations of the bra.
Our Mighty Roots
Since 1998, artists and artists-at-heart have taken part in Show Us Your BRA!™, designing witty and unique “bra-art” to support the efforts of The Breast Form Fund. This year, as our four organizations form the All4One Alliance in a national effort to expand all of our services to women in need, we continue to honor our roots and the inspired new contributions of these artists, who contributed to past calendars, and whose commitment to the project has endured:
Artist of Creative Foundation, September. Shelley Bird is an artist in Dublin, OH whose work is based in storytelling. Bird uses discarded and recycled materials in her art to make personal and social statements often incorporating a visual pun or riddle. She enjoys injecting humor into more serious subjects. Bird aims for her art to be a puzzle for others to solve, finding their own meaning, their own story.
Artist of Spiritual Warrior Weakened but never broken, July. A local artist and jewelry designer in South Deerfield, MA, Gilmore-Strickland attended the University of Michigan School of Arts and the University of Massachusetts School of Fine Arts.
Joyce Utting Schutter Artist of For a Modest Mermaid (with help from her friends), August.
Schutter is a native New Englander, whose artwork has been exhibited nationally. She has an MFA in Sculpture from University of Iowa, where she studied under master papermaker and author Timothy Barrett. Schutter’s sculpture experience ranges from cast iron and bronze to welded steel, fiber, and paper. Her unique method of sculpting uses sprayed paper pulp.
Helen Schaefer and Jane Martino
Artists of Spontaneous ComBUSTion, March. Schaefer and Martino are longong time friends and colleagues intrigued by the many creative possibilities afforded by this contest. Their pieces have been featured in two past calendars as well.
Artist of Picking Up the Pieces, Cover and October. Pamela Roberts is the Program Director of Forest Moon, a non-profit that holds free retreats and workshops for cancer survivors and an accompanying loved one. Roberts is also the originator of One in Eight: The Torso Project. Sixteen years after being diagnosed with breast cancer, Roberts leads writing and art workshops for people affected by cancer and loss.
Artist of Underwire’s Dream #2, November. Based in San Francisco, Barbara Cymrot has been creating beadwork objects and teaching for the last decade. Texture and the interlay of beautiful colors and patterns are her focus.
Our Shining Stars
We are delighted that the fashion and entertainment industries are adding their name and support to our ranks in order to provide underserved women recovering from breast cancer with access to free breast prostheses and bras, professional counseling, support, and, most importantly, dignity and compassion.
India.Arie in collaboration with her mother, Simpson
Artists of Hello Girls, May. India Arie is known and cherished by fans and fellow musicians as a poet, a songwriter, a daughter, a producer, a musician, a sister, a singer, an advocate, a friend and a philanthropist –– but she is best known for her music that has inspired and motivated people worldwide. From the moment that her first single “Video,” and her multi–platinum debut album Acoustic Soul were released in 2001, India’s music established a bond of trust, affection and communication with her followers. Since then, India.Arie has sold over 8 million albums worldwide. India.Arie has stood often with her peers in the top echelon of entertainment as an activist for global health and human dignity. Her honors include 17 Grammy nominations, two Grammy Awards, four NAACP Image Awards, and various awards from BET, Billboard, MTV, VH–1, Vogue, Essence, and others. Simpson is India’s mother, stylist, co-writer, and all–around inspiration.
Rebecca Minkoff in collaboration with Sarah Bibbo
Artists of The Bettie Page, January. Rebecca Minkoff is the #1 independent accessories designer in the United States and an industry leader in casual luxury handbags, accessories, and apparel. Born in San Diego, CA, she grew up designing and sewing clothes and originally entered the fashion world with an apparel line. She is most famous, though, for her iconic Morning After Bag, which became an instant success in 2005. Her continued growth in accessories and apparel led her to be honored as a New York Moves Power Woman for her entrepreneurial success in 2009, and in 2010 was admitted into the Council of Fashion Designers of America.
Artist of Jeweled Sisters, February. Emme, who burst onto the scene as the world’s first full-figured supermodel, and as host of E! Entertainment Television’s “Fashion Emergency,” has become an icon in the United States and abroad. She is a supermodel, television personality, author, lecturer, clothing designer, and a nationally recognized women’s advocate for positive body image and self esteem. People magazine selected her twice as one of the “50 Most Beautiful People” and Ladies’ Home Journal chose her as one of the “Most Important Women in America” and one of the “Most Fascinating Women of the Year.” The accolades don’t stop there: she was honored as a Glamour magazine “Woman of the Year” and as one of Biography magazine’s “25 Most Influential Women.” A cancer survivor, Emme is vocal about the need to advocate for oneself when dealing with issues of health.
Anwar Robinson and Kevin Mayes
Artists of CHOSEN 2 B BEAUTIFUL, June. Anwar Robinson, a music teacher in New Jersey Public Schools, is best known as one of the top finalists from season four of American Idol. After touring the country with American Idol, Robinson branched out into acting, appearing in stage and film roles, including the national and international tour of the iconic rock opera, RENT, in 2007-2008. In 2009, Robinson independently released three singles, including his powerful, self-composed, original piece, “Chosen,” which he wrote in honor of people who have won and lost their battles with breast cancer.
Aimee Allen in collaboration with Maria Rangel and Tonya King
Artists of The Mystical SHE – Carried on the Wings of Love, December. Aimee Allen is an American pop/rock singer and songwriter from Los Angeles, CA. She is respected for her ability to transcend boundaries in musical genres, embracing the vast array of influences she grew up admiring. Allen is best known for the song “Cooties” from the Grammy-nominated 2007 Hairspray soundtrack. She was also nominated for a Grammy for her work on Lee Scratch Perry’s album Repentence. Allen is an accomplished songwriter for many well known artists, including Unwritten Law, Kevin Michael, Tila Tequilla, and Matt Dusk. Most recently, Allen released a solo album called A Little Happiness in July 2009.
Diane Birch in collaboration with Raquel Allegra
Artists of Anima Animus, April. A singer/songwriter/pianist who was born in Michigan, but spent her early childhood in Zimbabwe, South Africa, and Australia following her pastor father’s mission. At thirteen she returned to the United States to discover American popular music for the first time. Inspired by everything from jazz to classic rock to contemporary hip-hop, she adapted her talent on the piano to her expanded musical interests. Once she incorporated singing and songwriting into her repertoire, it wasn’t long until her debut album, Bible Belt, was released on S Curve Records. www.dianebirch.com