Poulin + Morris

Poulin + Morris (New York) worked with Alpha Workshops, which is the nation's only non-profit organization that trains and employs HIV-positive individuals in the decorative arts. Staffed exclusively by graduates of its training program, Alpha Workshops is a full-service, award-winning design and decorative arts studio that produces hand-crafted wall paper, lighting, tables, and decorative accessories, as well as provides custom fabrication and finishes.

Poulin + Morris worked with Alpha Workshops' Founding Director Kenneth Wampler and the studio artists to create a striking yet cost-efficient donor recognition program. Inspired by the iconic Eames House of Cards, the firm developed (pro bono) an intricate, interlocking donor recognition wall. Alpha Workshops artists treated approximately 150 acrylic panels, each fitted with 6 connectible slots (like the Eames cards), in finishes offered at the studio. The panels were constructed into a 4-foot-high by 5-foot-wide arrangement displaying donor names while simultaneously showcasing the studio's work.

Poulin + Morris also designed a main identification sign consisting of the organization's logotype, assembled out of thousands of handmade steel nails hand-placed by Alpha artists into a plaster-finished plywood panel halo illuminated by a simple LED light fixture.

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