Written by Mineola American Staff Saturday, 31 May 2014 00:00
Get out your needle and thread, glue gun, fabric, beads, and paint Mineola. Creative Cups, the popular, life-affirming fundraising event of the Adelphi Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program, is back and two local residents have already submitted designs. This is the fourth time that Creative Cups has happened on Long Island where artists, breast cancer survivors, their friends and family members and others have used originality and creativity to transform ordinary bras into works of art.
Submitted creations must be received by Oct. 15 to be included in the auction/gala on March 19, 2015 at Adelphi University in Garden City. Those wishing to create a bra are encouraged to sign up early, as entrants will be limited to 200. Below are two Mineola entries from last year.
For her bra, she decided to pull inspiration from the roaring 1920s. During this era, the “flapper” woman broke away from Victorian rules and embraced new ways of thinking, acting and dressing. This movement was important to women because it represented a freedom of choice and equality. The flapper cut her hair short and the hemlines came up. They used makeup and they danced the night away.
One of the interesting things the flapper did was to encourage the flat-chested look in women. These ladies embraced consumerism and personal choices while challenging traditional society roles.
This bra, Mineo feels, represents women who choose not to have reconstructive surgery and still maintain a positive perception of their new bodies. It is her hope that women of today will draw inspiration from the women of the flapper era and have great pride and confidence in their bodies.
When cancer strikes we hope for an early stage, a beatable type. It is random and it finds us.
This piece was created in memory of Dolores Quercia. She was Quercia Goulet’s cousin, Frankie’s, wife. She fought a two-year battle against breast cancer and passed away in August of 2012. Quercia was 47.
She was a lover of life, the sun, her garden, her pets and, especially, her family. The loss of her is deeply felt by many.
The bra Quercia Goulet created represents the smooth, the bumpy, the twisted and turned paths along life’s journey. “We never know when the “bump” in the road will hit,” she said. “It could be small, it could be big—it throws us off course. So we should be joyous in our daily lives and celebrate the ordinary day.”
For more information, guidelines and to register, visit adelphi.edu/creative-cups or call 800-877-8077.