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Cambridge artist helps create ‘Mending Boston’ collage to honor bombing victims

Participants worked on the Mending Boston quilt project at the Boston Asian Youth Essential Service in Chinatown. They were among the first people to work on the project.
Participants worked on the Mending Boston quilt project at the Boston Asian Youth Essential Service in Chinatown. They were among the first people to work on the project.Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe

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With needles pinched between their fingertips, a group of teenagers in Chinatown gathered quietly last Tuesday around a large cloth adorned with an impressionistic map of the Boston Marathon route and began to sew.

Sometimes in unison and sometimes to an individual rhythm, their arms would reach above their heads, stretching out thread before swooping back down, sinking needle into the cloth to add the smallest details to the giant map.

The teenagers are some of the first people to work on a project called “Mending Boston” by Cambridge artist Clara Wainwright that aims to bring people together to mend their souls, talk, and honor the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.

“You just give people interesting materials, and they do wonderful things,” said Wainwright.

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