The Nipple Project
I just learned of The Nipple Project [NOTE: the site is no longer available, and may redirect to adult content], which invites craft women to submit their representations of nipples. I’ll let them explain it:
Initially, we were inspired by the release of the IPEX bra by Victoria Secret. Advertisements for this bra espoused quite blatantly that it provides “maximum nipple coverage!” This bra epitomizes the eradication and androgenization of the nipple. We find this ironic in an era where breast augmentation is done in order to gain a “more feminine look.” So we wanted to reclaim our natural femininity and counter this strange phenomenon.
But as our project came to life, we realized we had touched something deeper. Women responded to our call for reasons we had not intended. We began receiving submissions breast cancer survivors. Their beautiful creations are an both an artistic and cathartic. Also, women who have lost a family member or friend to breast cancer have taken this opportunity to express their grief and respect to their loved ones. We have also received submissions from women who have recently become mothers and are inspired by the joys and rigors of nursing!
So whether you choose to submit in order to reclaim the expression of your natural femininity or for one of the reasons mentioned above or if you just love nipples – men’s and women’s!!!…join us and send us your submission.
Submissions for possible inclusion in an installation are due by May 1st; a submission guide is available on the site. You can also view an online gallery of previously submitted nipples. Click on the image above for a better view of one example!