GILLETTE SCRIM PAINTED BY OUR PAINTING STUDIO
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This summer, the Artists For Humanity EpiCenter was taken over by two large-scale recycled advertisement banners—measuring 122” x 6” and 115” x 6”—for Gillette’s South Boston headquarters. In AFH style, participants used an upcycled series of scrims—carefully stitched together to appear seamless—and painted it with yellow, orange, blue, purple, and green geometric paint bands inspired by fall foliage and Channel Center Park.
Reflecting on the project, Painting participant Mamadou “Belle” Balde explained, “Having my work displayed publicly in Boston is a dream come true for me! Some things that I learned during this project are that being patient and working as a group is really important in life.”
AFH painting mentor Gary Chen, who supervised the project along with artist Nate Swain, reflected on the experience saying, “I enjoyed witnessing the project’s stages: transitioning from a planned sketch, to implementing chalk lines, to finally applying paint to the surface, and then installing the piece. I am proud that this piece is displayed on Gillette’s property because it will get attention from a lot of different people, and it helps beautify the space along A Street.”
Painting participant My Vu says, “It feels great having my work displayed publicly in Boston at a company like Gillette. Knowing that I put my best efforts into this project makes me feel good about it. From this experience, I learned that hard work and dedication pays off.”
Most impressive? The teens did not use tape to create the straight lines on the piece. Instead, they painted each shape by hand using highly technical paint brushes and employing a lot of patience during the warm summer months.