I’m no gamer, yet this morning I found myself watching the trailers for Fallout 4 on a loop and snapping screen shots. Why the sudden interest in virtual combat, you ask? The latest creation by Bethesda Game Studios, launching Nov. 11, prominently features Lustrons and Lustron-inspired homes in its landscape. Since players’ mission is to shape the fate of a world destroyed by nuclear war, it snaps into place that the designers were inspired by the steel, prefabricated homes manufactured just after World War II.
The boxy homes and their midcentury advertisements ooze optimism, normalcy, and domestic peace. Lustrons make powerful symbols, therefore, in an animated wasteland. You can watch the Fallout 4 trailers here and catch up on posts about my own Lustron here.
The succulent print series I co-designed with Austin artist Leah Duncan is almost sold out! I’m offering a couple dozen blemished posters for $25 each, marked down from $45. The velvety black ink was quite sensitive while wet, so some posters got a scratch or rub as they came off the printer. Read on for more details about this playful take on an old-school botanical print!
Illustrator Sarah Neuburger’s latest print, titled “Atlanta’s Creative Class,” pays tribute to 50 women who write, photograph, stamp, style, and otherwise boost the arts and crafts scene in our fair Southern city. Yours truly is portrayed in the bottom row, third from the left. I’m honored to share this 12×16-inch stage with some of my closest friends, like Shannon Mulkey from the Indie Craft Experience, as well as talented ladies I’ve been admiring from afar for years. Read more about the project below!
Leah Giberson’s limited-edition prints are now 40% off in my online shop! Her paintings encapsulate a few of my favorite things: midcentury style, desert landscapes, and a connection to my own timeline. The ranch houses and campout scenes she paints are like snapshots from my Louisiana youth. I interviewed her last week to find out why the modest trappings of the middle class inspire her work. Read on for an in-depth profile.
Modern Atlanta is collaborating with three local artisans on limited-edition products as part of its annual Design Is Human celebration. One chosen maker, emerging ceramist Charlotte Smith, has married delicate porcelain and sturdy steel in a sculptural two-piece cup. After the jump, I’ll tell you about her step-by-step process and the DIY family tradition that fertilized her craft.