Artist uses colourful bras to make quilt for cancer

The finished quilt features the signatures and bras of some of Canada’s leading female journalists, including Metro’s own Enza Supermodel.


Jane Vickery, a Toronto craftsperson known for her quirky quilts, has finished another work of art with the help of 23 Canadian journalists who were willing to dig into their lingerie drawers to donate one their bras.

The finished quilt, which measures 38 X 44 inches, features the signatures and three-dimensional bras of some of Canada’s leading female journalists, including Metro’s own Enza Supermodel.

“Some went out and bought new ones and others gave one they already owned,” said Vickery. “I said it would be better if they were brighter. I hadn’t realized that aqua was quite the colour for bras these days.”

Vickery’s quilt will be on display at Casa Loma from Sept. 29 to Oct. 22 and will then be auctioned off at a special gala event at the historic Distillery District on Oct. 24.

All of the proceeds will benefit breast cancer support groups through Princess Margaret Hospital, the Canadian Cancer Society, Wellspring and others.

Vickery, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1994, has experienced first-hand the disease that attacks 429 Canadian women each week.

“There are an amazing number of people who survive and carry on with their lives,” said Vickery. “Don’t let it interfere with your lives. Don’t spend your life worrying about whether it will come back.”

Vickery, who started quilting in the ‘80s after taking some night-school courses, knew she would have a challenge when working with the bras instead of flat fabric.

“I had to rethink what I was doing with them. But I’ve made a quilt using condoms before,” said Vickery, proving she can work with almost anything.

She spent a couple of months working on this particular quilt, finishing it in August, but despite her hard work, she is more than happy to give it away.

“I just enjoy the process of making them,” Vickery said. “I hope people come and see it.”

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