I came across a collection of crocheted nipples on Prudence's Flickr and was intrigued enough to look it up. Then this morning, before I had a chance to post it here, I saw that Myra had posted the link in the Art Crochet group. That crazy talented Myra is always one step ahead of me. So this is directly from The Nipple Project's Site:
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 call for nipples got into full swing, we realized we had touched something deeper. Women responded to our call for reasons we had not intended. We have received submissions breast cancer survivors and their creations are an both an artistic and cathartic healing process. 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.
We love, support and appreciate all of your reasons for submitting and we are honored to be a part of your creative, emotional and artistic expression! Thank you!
This so reminds me of the song "I Am WOMAN Hear Me Roar", yes, okay, I am dating myself. So here it is, a call to all those fond of nipples, for whatever reason, to submit their interpretations. http://www.thenippleproject.com. And as I am quite fond of mine - I'll be submitting something too.