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If you’ve been on the internet at all in the past week, you’ve no doubt seen the uproar over Wal-Mart’s “naughty leopard” costume for toddlers. I decided to refrain from clicking on these links, deciding to keep the last shred of faith in humanity that I had. But today, curiosity got the best of me. When my eyes were met with a cute kid in a purple tutu, all I could think was “This is what everyone is so peeved about?” There is absolutely nothing inherently...
In Victorian England, dexterous ladies of a certain class would carefully cut, curl, and glue thin strips of light-colored paper into flowers and ornamental shapes to adorn objects like book covers and picture frames. In her studio in Portland, ME, artist Lauren Fensterstock, 38, uses the same crafty technique, called “quilling,” to carefully curl strips of black paper into pieces of a garden. In her large-scale installations, black paper flowers and blades of grass sprout from mounds of charcoal, and black leaves wind around mirrors....
  It's no secret that we're crazy about crafting here at BUST. (I mean, duh.) This spring, we had the chance to attend the first-ever Brooklyn Craft Camp, and we're psyched to go back on October 5th for a day of modern DIY classes, food, music, nails, booze, and more! From 10 AM to 7 PM, campers will take in four 90-minute craft classes (taught by some of our favorite crafty ladies!), a keynote chat with Jenni Radosevich of I Spy DIY, a gourmet bento box lunch, donuts,...
It looks like Wendy Davis, the Texas State Senator who made headlines back in June for her 11 hour filibuster of a bill that would expand abortion restrictions, is just getting started. According to Politico, Davis has been telling Democrats that she plans to run for governor in 2014. Although no official announcement has been made by Davis herself, the senator tweeted a fundraising request in anticipation of “something big” to be announced next week, and now, according to CNN, two democratic sources have confirmed her intent...
Picture a sprawling orchestra tuning up. That dissonant yet somehow warm cacophony emanates from the stage. Suddenly, a hush comes over the room as the conductor enters and proudly bows before the audience. Now, that conductor you envisioned, was it a man or a woman? Statistically speaking, chances are it was a man. Across all United States-based orchestras, only 20% of conductors are female. In “higher-budget” orchestras (about 1/8 of all U.S. orchestras) this number drops to 11%. Still not convinced? Let’s take it up...
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