Welcome to the Can you make hair for me? collaborative art project

Can you make hair for me? is a collaborative art project by artist Eileen Powers with the goal of bringing joy and levity to those undergoing chemotherapy and other cancer treatments. I invite people to make hair for which I then model, style and photograph into a series of positive and coloful portraits.

Fall 2020

Lesley University Virtual Exhibition Can you make hair for me?

Lesley University Virtual Exhibition

Virtual exhibition on view until January 2021

Watch opening Artist’s Talk, view images, meet the artists and view interactive VoiceThread


A collaborative exhibition with Lesley University expressive therapy graduate students. In February of 2020, Eileen Powers was invited by Dr. Ara Parker to be a guest lecturer and facilitate a roundtable discussion about the expressive therapy modality of making hair and creating wellness through art and activity. Dr. Parker suggested that her students participate in the project and make hair. The response was overwhelming and result is an exhibition of images made by the students and by Eileen.

Read the show’s intro panel text by Ara Parker here.


Teaching Artist Podcast
Can you make hair for me? collaborative art project, Eileen Powers as Dolley Madison

Can you make hair for me? Featured on Teaching Artist Podcast


Rebecca Potts interviews Eileen Powers about collaboration and expressive art

Listen to the Teaching Artist Episode 30: Eileen Powers


In October Can you make hair for me? was featured on Rebecca Pott’s outstanding Teaching Artist Podcast. Rebecca is a visual arts teaching artist. She interviews practicing artists who are also K-12 educators. This podcast is dedicated to discussions of teaching art, making art, and how those things overlap and feed each other. Rebecca and Eileen talk about making art, cancer and wellness and the benefits of working with collaborators.


Since 2019, I’ve collaborated with artists and the cancer community to create over 80 different personas and characters. 

Join in and make hair for me!

My goal for this project is have 100 people participate by making hair for me. The style, colors and construction are up to you. I only ask that you read the brief guidelines, use materials other than hair, and that the final piece not be a hat. I would like this to be a meaningful, collaborative project that I can share with others who have cancer and give them a moment of happiness in what can be a very long, soul-testing treatment.

Other ways to Participate

Become a Project Sponsor


Offer a Venue for an Exhibition

Write a Project or Speaking Review

Invite me to Speak at an Event or Conference

Make Hair for your Friends

Maybe making hair isn’t your thing. You can still participate by spreading the, following me on social media, making a gift through the GoFundMe page or offering to show the work. Please contact me if you have an idea you’d like to share.

Follow me on Instagram and Facebook

Thank you to all of those who have participated in the project.
I’m humbled and grateful.