Created by women for women, each June women come together for FestiGals, a four-day festival which combines empowerment workshops, inspirational seminars, tours and shopping excursions, and a guaranteed good time in New Orleans – the city that wrote the book on fun. As part of the festivities each year, FestiGals hosts the Bodacious Bras for a Cause online auction, and then the highest online bids will be the starting price for a live auction bidding at the Bodacious Bras for a Cause Luncheon & Auction. The auction’s bids raise funds to assist Breastoration and the Cancer Association of Greater New Orleans. And one of the auction’s participants in 2015 is locally known and loved stained class artist, Sarah Segovia of Fragile Beauty Stained Glass.
Segovia’s one-of-a-kind contribution to the Bodacious Bras for a Cause Auction and be found – and bid on – here, a spicy corset piece that she describes as a blending of “…the beauty of female empowerment with the festive essence of the Crescent City.”
Her participation in the FestiGals Bodacious Bras for a Cause Auction gave Examiner the chance to catch with up Segovia, and talk to her about her piece in the auction as well as everything else she’s been up to since her 2013 interview in atombash.com.
atombash.com: You’ve submitted a wonderful stained glass panel for the FestiGals Bodacious Bras for a Cause Auction – how does it feel to be a part of this special event for women in New Orleans?
Sarah Segovia: I am honored to be asked to participate in the FestiGals event this year. My friend and former neighbor, Terry Snyder, who is the manager at a local SteinMart, donates on behalf of the store the bras for the artists to decorate. Terry mentioned that I might like to be involved as an artist. The women who organize the event are wonderful to work with and I am thrilled to be part of such an important benefit.
atombash.com: Were you at all initially apprehensive at all about taking on this kind of project, or did you view the theme as a challenge?
Sarah Segovia: I was definitely challenged to come up with a design that would work…something that would be feminine and powerful and also a piece that the owner would want to proudly hang up and appreciate! I spent a good amount of time agonizing over which way to go..but I’m happy with the outcome.
atombash.com: How did you decide on the design of your panel?
Sarah Segovia: I was going between decorating a bra with glass mosaic, or making a flat panel to hang on the wall. Due to time constraints the wall hanging won out, and I also knew that a piece which could be displayed nicely and practically would be more appreciated!
atombash.com: In addition to your fleur-de-lis and other NOLA-related designs, what kind of new items have you been crafting lately?
Sarah Segovia: Lately I have been working on some custom designs; I enjoy the challenge of translating an image into a stained glass pattern, which is not always easy. I try to take on designs that are unique and not seen regularly in the stained glass medium. I am so appreciative of my customers who keep challenging me with great ideas!
atombash.com: You’ve been teaching stained glass and mosaics lately, how does it feel when a student of yours – who knew nothing about these art forms before taking your classes – creates something beautiful?
Sarah Segovia: One of the best things about teaching is inspiring others to create their own artwork, to pull their creativity out of themselves, especially when they don’t think they have it in them. Everyone has it in them! With the right guidance and encouragement, anyone can create something beautiful.
atombash.com: Aside from your website and Etsy pages where fans of stained glass can purchase your products online, they are also available in several shops as well. Where can people pick up your stained glass pieces in person?
Sarah Segovia: In the French Quarter of New Orleans at Boutique du Vampyre at 709 1/2 St. Ann Street, WhatsNew: New Orleans French Market Shop at 824 Decatur Street, and Erzulie’s Authentic Voodoo at 807 Rue Royal. In Massachusetts at HEX: Old World Witchery at 246 Essex Street in Salem and OMEN: Psychic Parlor and Witchcraft Emporium at 184 Essex Street, also in Salem, and Key Elements in Beverly at 28 West Street as well. And in Connecticut – Effigy Witch Shoppe at 415 Main Street in Monroe.
atombash.com: After the FestiGals auction, what else have you got going on for the summer?
Sarah Segovia: This summer I will be teaching classes in stained glass and mosaics, and I also have some children’s art workshops in the works at local museums. It’s shaping up to be a busy summer!
To see more of Fragile Beauty‘s amazing designs please visit the official Fragile Beauty Facebook page and ‘like’ it to keep up to date with new pieces and sales. And to shop for items to hang in your own home, check out Fragile Beauty’s official website and Etsy pages.
And be sure to take a look at the Bodacious Bras for a Cause online auction by clicking here!