In 2014, international artist Sharon White hosted an art workshop with a difference in her home-town of Dorset, working with 50 ladies. The lace, ribbons, and bows taken from bras were used to style 50 butterflies for an artwork which is now exhibited at The Royal Bournemouth Hospital’s new women’s health unit. The artwork raised the profile for the invaluable work carried out by Breast Cancer Care.
Following on from this, the Tree of Life artwork was launched and headline names from the world of show business, from the likes of Tess Daly, Kirstie Allsopp, Lorraine Kelly, Jane McDonald, Denise Welch and the pro-dancers from Strictly Come Dancing donated autographed bras to create additional butterflies. Sharon held workshops at Breast Cancer Care’s key offices across the UK where women facing and supporting cancer fashioned their own personalised butterfly to style on to the artwork.
The Tree of Life has now travelled over 10,000 miles across the globe raising awareness for BCC and was exhibited at Zandra Rhodes’ Fashion & Textile Museum. This year, the artwork will once again be exhibited at BCC’s Fashion Show on 3rd October in central London. The artist says “The Tree of Life continues to grow and this year I am adding two additional panels to the original artwork, which will feature more butterflies from female celebrities. Some of these mixed-media butterflies contain emotive messages of hope and love, as the butterfly is renowned for its power of personal transformation.”
Last year, Sharon donated another key piece of artwork ‘Bellatrix’ which was auctioned at BCC’s Fashion Show and raised £4,500 for the charity.
This year, a stunning piece of art entitled ‘Raphael’s Eden’ will take pride of place on the main stage at the Fashion Show, which takes place at Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel. Sharon adds “This painting holds a very special place in my heart, as I truly believe it emits healing powers. I was empowered to create Raphael’s Eden earlier this year when my Dad fell very ill. I reached out to the universe for help and embraced hues of emerald green, which are symbolic to Archangel Raphael. I hope this piece raises more funds for Breast Cancer Care and continues to radiate its healing properties.’
About Breast Cancer Care:
Breast Cancer Care is the only specialist breast cancer support charity working throughout the UK. We were founded in 1973 by Betty Westgate, who was diagnosed with breast cancer. In the ensuing forty years, we have supported millions of women and their families through our face-to-face, phone, and online services. We also provide training, support and networking opportunities to specialist breast cancer nurses, and Breast Cancer Care publications are used by the majority of breast cancer units throughout the UK. We campaign for better support and care and promote the importance of early detection, involving people with breast cancer in all that we do. Visit www.breastcancercare.org.uk or call our free helpline on 0808 800 6000
Breast Cancer Care 2013. Registered charity: England and Wales 1017658, Scotland SC038104.