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The Scarf Project | Nurturing the Tie Between Art & Healing

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Location: Peabody Essex Museum

The Scarf Project | Nurturing the Tie Between Art & Healing

On the heels of PEM's successful Dress for Success Boston shoe donation campaign, the museum has launched a new project in partnership with the Mass General Cancer Center to coincide with the WOW® World of WearableArt™ exhibition.

The World of Wearable Art™ supports the Breast Cancer Research Trust in New Zealand. In the same spirit of health, giving and healing, PEM has collaborated with artist Bonnie Ashmore and the Mass General Cancer Center to create a vibrant silk scarf.

Ashmore is a breast cancer survivor and her paintings explore the molecular structure of chemotherapeutic agents found in nature, and allude to the uncertain process of treatment and the mystery of healing. 

The unique scarf features a reproduction of one of Ashmore's paintings and will be sold in the Museum Shop beginning February 15. For every $60 scarf sold, another will be donated to a patient undergoing treatment at the Mass General Cancer Center. 

The scarves will also be sold at the Images Boutique at the Mass General Cancer Center in Boston and at the Mass General/North Shore Cancer Center in Danvers.

The scarves will be given to patients at a makeover and scarf-tying workshop hosted by PEM later this spring and run by Kathleen Gill Bazazi, general manager of Images Boutique, and David Nichols, an internationally renowned makeup industry expert.

Through this partnership with Mass General Cancer Center, The Scarf Project seeks to help women ease the struggle to maintain strength, dignity and beauty during the physically and emotionally challenging time of cancer treatment. 

Watch a video interview with The Scarf Project Artist, Bonnie Ashmore


Bonnie Ashmore





Artist Bonnie Ashmore
To learn more about Bonnie Ashmore, visit here.



Beast in the Beauty

Artist David Walker
Beast in the Beauty, one of the award-winning ensembles in the WOW® exhibition, is a tribute to women living with cancer and their struggle to maintain dignity and beauty. David Walker, a carpenter by trade, created the piece to honor his wife, Renee, who had terminal breast cancer. The garment is a powerful testament to the many grueling aspects of cancer treatment.





The Scarf Project is supported by PEM's Present Tense Initiative: Terry and Dick Albright, Dick and Deborah Carlson, Susan and Appy Chandler and Fay Chandler.

Read Boston Magazine's article about The Scarf Project

Image Credits

Bonnie Ashmore, Flux, 2015, detail, acrylic on birch panel. Photo by Bob Packert/PEM.

Portrait of Bonnie Ashmore. Photo by Bob Packert/PEM.

David Walker, Beast in the Beauty, 2013. Maple, paduk and wood veneers and aluminum. Courtesy of World of WearableArt™ Limited.


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