Bras for a Cause: Mosaic Chandelier Bra Supports Breast Cancer Resource Center

Have you ever seen a high fashion undergarment covered in antique crystals and hand cut, hand crafted glass tile?! Well now is your chance. Not only can you see this beautiful creation, but you also have the opportunity to bid on this Chandelier Bra after it is shown on the runway at this year’s Art Bra Austin to benefit the Breast Cancer Resource Center.

Here is a look at some of the highlights from last year’s Art Bra Austin:

Susan Ribnick is a volunteer, turned cancer survivor, turned mosaic artist in Austin Texas. A long time supporter of Art Bra Austin, this year her life experiences led her to partner with fellow breast cancer survivors, and artists, Dianne and Monica to create a shining fashion statement covered in glass tile mosaics from Oceanside Glasstile and antique crystals from Crystal Renaissance Fine Lighting! When we heard the idea, we were thrilled that our tile could be used for such a unique and positive purpose.

Susan’s story of volunteerism, cancer, triumph and creating her own Art Bra

Until last year, Art Bra Austin was something that I saw behind the scenes. My good friends, Dianne Sonnenberg, who is a professional mosaic artist, and Monica Meadows (both breast cancer survivors) have been making top notch art bras since 2010. Their collection of annual Art Bras is called the “Treasured Chest Series” and this year ours is “Treasured Chest VII – Lighting the Way” (nickname “Bijou”). It’s a big honor to work with them. 

I attended Art Bra Austin for a number of years as a guest and volunteer. However, in a bizarre twist of fate I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015 and then the roles got flipped on me. 

A very good childhood friend, Jan Apple of Minneapolis,offered to make a bra for ME to wear in the 2016 event! That is how this story really begins as I could not say no. I was a reluctant model but the piece she created, the Peter Max halter bra shown below made it in the top 5 bras submitted for the event and so I became a Live Auction Model! Peter’s halter bra I modeled sold for $4000 on the runway and was a remarkable piece of fashion (photos below). 

I am an 18 month survivor and no one can participate as a model unless they have been diagnosed with breast cancer. That is why I am so new to this and now on the inside of the event. This year my health is much better and I decided that it was my turn as a mosaic artist to produce some cool bra. I teamed up with Monica and Dianne, and collectively we created the Chandelier Bra using Oceanside Glasstile and antique crystals from Crystal Renaissance Fine Lighting in Queens. I actually went out there and did a 3 day Chandelier workshop to learn all about crystal, pinning glass prisms and all that. 

Of the bras submitted for the event, 60 are chosen by a jury, and only 5-6 become Live Auction items, so it is a big honor to have been selected, especially since I designed and worked on it from beginning to end. Lots of fun!

     – Susan Ribnick, glass mosaic artist, cancer survivor, Art Bra creator, super human

The 2016 Art Bra “Peter Max” inspired by Susan’s childhood room, designed by Jan Apple, modeled by Susan, Sold at Auction for $4,000

The 2017 “Treasure Chest VII – Lighting the Way” Art Bra designed by Susan, Monica and Dianne

Support the Breast Cancer Resource Center by donating to Susan’s Team

At the time of this blog post, Susan had raised $1,573 of her $2,800 goal! Every dollar counts.  Donate here on Susan’s fundraising page.

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It’s a Dog’s Life: Fabulous Habits of Oceanside Glasstile Pets

They are cute and cuddly and always willing to listen. At Oceanside Glasstile we are fortunate to work at a corporate office that allows our well behaved furry friends to join us at our desks. Today on #dressupyourpetday we celebrate the dogs of Oceanside Glasstile. From wearing bandanas to whole outfits, we cherish our hard-working, lovable pets!

The dogs at Oceanside Glasstile…

 

 

Simply stunning. Responsibly made. Bringing joy to your journey. Founded in 1992 and headquartered in Carlsbad, California, Oceanside Glasstile is the world’s leader in luxury glass manufacturing used for glass tile and art glass. Learn more about our products, sustainable practices and community involvement at glasstile.com. 

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to stay up-to-date on our latest products and projects. 

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Thanksgiving’s Essential Ingredient

Thanksgiving Table by @Fancy_Tables on Instagram

Thanksgiving Table by @Fancy_Tables on Instagram

Fresh linens perfectly adorned with fall festive heirlooms and a trimmed, mouthwatering Turkey are but an accessory to the most essential Thanksgiving ingredient: you! The relationships, new and old, we foster throughout our lives always prove to be more rewarding than any home decor or menu item. This Thanksgiving we are thankful for the people who join us, and those who we wish could join us, at our table for a joyful meal.

At Oceanside Glasstile, people are at the heart of our business. Starting with our amazing staff, and extending out to our customers, we value the talents, quirks and passions of each individual in our community. We strive to create responsibly made, beautiful products that will bring joy to your personal journey! This season we want to share with you some of the joyful moments we experienced with our community this year:

Philanthropy Events

We value the volunteer efforts of our amazing staff. This year 100% of our Oceanside Glasstile team participated in Padres Pedal The Cause as riders and volunteers.

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Industry Partner Visits

We are humbled by the warm embrace of new industry partners as we completed our Spectrum art glass asset acquisition. Here is a group photo of some Spectrum employees mingled with the Oceanside Glasstile team during their latest visit.

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Distributor Fun

We are impressed by the amazing business partnerships we have formed with our distributors and dealers. This photo was taken during this year’s customer Seminar where distributors from around the country came to party, learn and visit our factory.

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International Trips

We are excited about our international opportunities and embrace our international company culture. Oceanside Glasstile supplies glass tile for projects all over the world! In this photo you see the American, Mexican and Oceanside Glasstile flags flying proudly in front of our factory in Mexico.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

We are thankful for you and your role in our community. We look forward to cultivating our relationship with you and hope that we can make your journey a little more joyful. May your Thanksgiving be filled with the warmth of friends and family!

-The Oceanside Glasstile Team

 

A Gaggle of Glass Tile Girls

In 2015 Oceanside Glasstile will be coming at you, our favorite and raddest tile fans, with more personality than ever before. Meet the faces and personalities that will be entertaining you with the best of what glass tile, interior design trends, and just good ol’ fashion fun have to offer.

Stephanie Duerden – Brand Manager at Oceanside Glasstile and OceanCare Products

You can call meSdZ! 

How long have you been with OGT: An incredibly fun 8 years.

What is your favorite thing about working with Oceanside Glasstile? That’s easy. The culture. I grew up in Hawaii and by nature I’m accustomed to a very laid back style of life. Oceanside has created a very casual work environment but you would be amazed at how much work this team will crank out. Further, the opportunities here are amazing, the executive team strongly believes in growing it’s employees and I feel I am a true testament to that – I started as an Inside Sales and Support Representative, low and behold 8 years later, I’ve had the opportunity to help lead the marketing initiatives.

What are your favorite hobbies and interests? Travel. Surf. Food. Music. Art. Crafting. Photography. Experiences. Family + Friends.

Favorite Food? If there’s Poke on the menu, I’m ordering it!

What is your favorite Oceanside glass tile? This is so hard. All these products spin my mind on the daily. If I had to pick I would go dimensional field pieces like Flight and Blink and easily the ocean color palette – Bondi, Tide, Sapphire, and Tourmaline.

What can readers expect to see from you in 2015? My goal is to provide our readership and fans with the latest and greatest that OGT has to offer. I also hope to stay on the forefront of the design trends with the help of our amazing design team here.

Favorite Quote: Dream big. Start Small. Have it all. ~Tut.com

Taylor Hori – Inside Sales Support at Oceanside Glasstile and OceanCare Products

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You can call me – Tay

How long have you been with OGT: 1.5ish years

What is your favorite thing about working at Oceanside Glasstile? They let me express my individuality!

What are your hobbies and interests? Traveling.  Reading. British men. Corgis. Tattoos. Binge watching Netflix. Concerts/festivals/raves. If there is a fandom for it I’m into it (Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, The Hobbit, Dr. Who, One Direction, Sherlock…)

Favorite Food? All of the above.

What is your favorite Oceanside glass tile? Color = equator because of how gold it can be irid and how soft green the matte is. Stratus! Love the movement.

What can readers expect to see from you in 2015? I’m new to the design world and can’t wait to explore, discover, define, and redefine the aesthetics that resonate with me and our fans. I come in open to anything and appreciating everything.

Favorite Quote: You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. ~ A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh

 

Kira Ibsen – Regional Account Manager at Oceanside Glasstile and OceanCare Products

Screen Shot 2014-12-02 at 2.46.41 PMYou can call me – Tenacious K

How long have you been at Oceanside Glasstile?  4 years

What is your favorite thing about working at Oceanside Glasstile? Our team of talent I get to call my co-workers, friends, and tile family. I feel very blessed to work alongside some of the most amazing talent in our industry which has fostered great relationships & good times.  Oceanside Glasstile brings me to my highest good, and I am honored to be part of the tribe! #tilefreaksunite #tilefun

What are your hobbies and interests? Play with Cooper (our chocolate lab puppy), cooking for my family & friends, I love a good hike, and digging in the garden!

Favorite Food? Soup!  It feeds my soul.

 

What is your favorite Oceanside glass tile? Why? Hmmm, this is hard….all of the above?  Tops 3? Gradations, Kaleidoscope, and dimensional field tile…!

What can readers expect to see from you in 2015?  Readers will gain insight on regional trends as well as see various highlights from architects & interior designers (& their firms) featuring amazing installations with Oceanside Glasstile.

 Favorite Quote: “I want to be magic.  I want to touch the heart of the world and make it smile.  I want to be a friend of elves and live in a tree.  Or under a hill.  I want to marry a moonbeam and hear the stars sing.  I don’t want to pretend at magic anymore.  I want to be magic.” Charles de Lint