It gives a whole new meaning to the term “body art”.
But instead of painting on their bodies, a group of women will be using their body parts to create art in a novel event to boost funds and awareness of breast cancer.
It might sound a potty idea, but Jane Fox has devised a ‘Painting By Nipples’ event and is encouraging women to create and paint a ceramic piece using their breasts.
Jane, 42, owner of Fired 4 U pottery painting workshop, on Hennel Lane, Walton-le-Dale, near Preston, is raising cash for the Rosemere Cancer Foundation during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Jane said: “It is a bit like when children use their hands and feet to create individual pieces of pottery, but instead, women can use the shape of their breasts to make a unique ceramic piece.
“Women can then paint a plate, mug or other item of their choice, either with paint brushes or using their breasts.
“It is a tongue-in-cheek fun event, but it will all be done very tastefully and screening will be provided so women can create their breast artwork in privacy.
“If some women don’t fancy taking part in breast art, they can just do ordinary pottery and painting.
“Painted ceramics make ideal presents and I’m sure husbands and boyfriends will welcome painted breasts on their work mug!”
The event will take place on Wednesday October 27 and during the evening Tracey-Jane Hughes, known as T-J, a bra fitter from bras4all, will give a short talk about bra fitting.
T-J said: “Women aren’t taught how to wear bras at school, so often wear the incorrect style or size.
“This can cause health problems including sore and tender breasts, back and neck ache and poor posture.
“Just a few bra fitting tips may help to get women more comfortable. Bras are like shoes – if they’re not comfy nothing feels right.”.
A breast care nurse will also be on hand to talk about breast health and care.
Jane, her Fired 4 U team and T-J have already painted items using their breasts.
Jane said, “It was so much fun and I was laughing all the time I was painting and printing. I have made a plate with two muffins on it and another one I have made into a flower.”
T-J says she found the experience “liberating”.
She said: “I can’t believe I’ve now got a mug with my breast prints on.
“It will certainly be a talking point!”
Jane added: “It is going to be a fun night out for ladies, who have the choice to paint a ceramic piece with their breasts in the company of friends.
“Quite a few of our customers have had treatment for breast cancer so I think they will want to do all they can to support this cause.”
The evening will start at 7pm for 7.30pm.
A maximum of 30 women will then be able to paint a plate, mug or other item of their choice, either with paint brushes, or using their breasts,
The items will be fired and be available for collection a week later.
The cost is £10 for the studio fee, which needs to be paid on booking.
Pottery will be charged on the night. Half the studio fee and at least 25% of the pottery painted will be donated to the Rosemere Cancer Foundation, the charity based at the Royal Preston Hospital which supports the region’s specialist cancer centre and local cancer units throughout Lancashire and South Cumbria.
All the proceeds from a raffle held on the night will also be donated to Rosemere.
To book a place or for more information, contact Jane at Fired 4 U, on 01772 203060.