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.
Local 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!
Vinyl lawn chairs and turquoise trailers are her muses. Since 2008, Boston-based artist Leah Giberson has painted the tidy trappings of middle-class life with stunning realism.
Leah, 46, works from photos of midcentury homes and family campouts — scenes that some might call boring or kitschy. Her tendency to slice up and collage the photo onto a panel disturbs the subject and cuts the sweetness. She overpaints everything with saturated acrylics, removing cars, utility poles, and anything else cluttering the vignette. Stylized and isolated by her brush, even propane tanks look iconic.
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.
That cabinet lined with old sunglasses at the thrift shop is like a candy counter for vintage fashion lovers like me. But I wouldn’t risk wearing those $10 Jackie O frames right away — they may not offer UV protection. Eye care is serious, and I’ve learned first-hand that updating vintage frames with radiation-blocking lenses can be a serious hassle and expense! Read on for my guide to safely and affordably updating your sunnies before pool party season.