ARTIST SPOTLIGHT

Supporting Local Artists

The Mayflower Artist Spotlight Series (M.A.S.S.) is a partnership between local Massachusetts artists and Mayflower Medicinals, a registered Medical Marijuana Treatment Center. M.A.S.S. provides a platform for local qualifying artists to showcase their art by designing packaging for select Mayflower products as well as in-store displays. This program is part of the broader Positive Impact Plan, a set of company initiatives that positively impact communities that have been disproportionately affected by cannabis prohibition.

The Mayflower Artist Spotlight Series empowers qualifying local artists with an interest in graphic design, packaging art, or branding. Featured artists integrate their passion for art with the real-world experience of working with Mayflower Medicinal’s marketing, compliance, and operations teams.

For every product unit sold within the M.A.S.S. series, $1 is donated towards Unbound Visual Arts, a local organization dedicated to supporting local artists.

Current Artist Spotlight

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“Mayflower’s Artist Spotlight series has benevolently granted me an avenue of expression in the pursuit of destigmatizing and decriminalizing this globally embraced, medically beneficial flower. I am honored to help encourage support and awareness for local artists, social justice, and community engagement. I sincerely appreciate Mayflower investing in positive causes and thank those who support them amidst the present strife. ”

– Elias Diestler

Elias Diestler is a trans digital artist, game developer, and designer who originally hails from Georgia. Video games, cartoons, and comics had a large influence on him growing up – particularly Adult Swim, eastern animations, and 3D worlds. He would often doodle, draw comics, or create various digital media for fun. He went on to study Computational Media at Georgia Tech – a major focused on using computers as an expressive medium. Elias focuses his creativity into projects that include programming, art, and storytelling. After moving to Boston, he was excited to enter the video game industry at an educational, content-oriented studio in Cambridge before going on to work on Red Dead Redemption 2 at Rockstar New England. There, he gained experience in development support in code and visual effects. Elias
now works as a web designer for Bose and does freelance work for local artists and causes. In his free time, he enjoys playing the piano, board gaming, and volunteering.

eliasdiestler.com

Instagram: @akiradice • Twitter: @AkiraD

“Shattered”
Pineapple Upside Down Cake
• 3.5 grams

For this strain, I really wanted to illustrate the pineapple to mimic a shattering effect caused by
collision. The “VFX-inspired” pineapple is surrounded by lower-resolution, pixelated cherries - ingredients in the classic cake - and features a tiny umbrella for shade. For the background, I implemented layered hexagons with a pastel gradient & mosaic FX. The bright colors, shapes, and scattered fragments are all indicative of this sativa’suplifting effects.

- Elias Diestler

eliasdiestler.com

Boston Cannabis Dispensary
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The Mayflower Artist Spotlight Series empowers qualifying art students with an interest in graphic design, packaging art, or branding. Featured artists integrate the formal training they receive at local colleges and art schools with the real-world experience of working with Mayflower Medicinal’s marketing, compliance, and operations teams.

For every product unit sold within the M.A.S.S. series, $1 is donated towards Unbound Visual Arts, a local organization dedicated to supporting local artists.

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