The Scarf Project, an official fundraiser of the Woman’s Board of the Alliance Française de Chicago, was approved by our Board of Directors. Our plan is to offer a limited edition of 150 custom silk scarves of the highest quality as a premium gift in exchange for a tax-deductible donation of $450.00. Our goal is to net a significant $45,000.00 in a non-gala year, approximately 10% of what our biannual gala raises.
The scarf was designed by Parisian Art Director and Illustrator, Benoit Aupoix, in collaboration with Scarf Project Co-Chairs, Lili Gaubin and Pauline Sheehan. The Woman’s Board itself holds exclusive rights to the image in perpetuity although, by French law, the artist holds the copyright. To see his work, visit Instagram (@benoitaupoix) and his website.
The scarf will be produced by Brochier Soieries of Lyon, France since 1890, by 4th generation leader, Cedric Brochier. They use hand silk screening and finishing techniques, made of the heaviest silk twill loomed in Lyon, incorporating 10 ink colors, and including hand-rolled edges, in a quality equal to that of the finest scarves from France and inspired by contemporary designs and fresh colorways. To learn more about their work, visit Instagram (@atelierdesoierie) and their website.
The completed scarves will be delivered in March 2023.
This project was inspired by an antique engraved woodblock that was used to print the diploma of the Alliance Française in 1900. Its symbolic imagery is meaningful to our members and was therefore adopted in the design of our scarf, as you may see upon examining the scarf itself.
The scarf’s color palette is versatile and flattering, and the design appeals to both traditional and contemporary sensibilities found in wearers of all ages.