It’s not truly the holiday season until I’ve downed enough truffles to feed a family of five, and I’m super excited to get that ball rolling with Chickpea and Olive’s delightful vegan treats. In flavors like almond, coconut, and saffron, they make a great gift for the veggie or vegan chocoholic in your life.   Proprietors Daniel Strong and Danielle Ricciardi are best known for serving up delicious vegan cuisine made from seasonal, locally-produced vegetables. Read More
Berkley Illustration is run by a powerhouse couple: self-taught artist Ryan hand-inks quirky formal portraits of woodland creatures and Lucy handles the sales and customer-service end of their business. They’ve been a huge hit on Etsy since 2007, and lucky us—we get to check out their unusual animal prints in person at the BUST Magazine Holiday Craftacular! Look for Berkley’s well-dressed creatures on frame-able prints, tote bags, bottle openers, and pennants. Read More
In rural India, over 80 percent of women use rags, often ripped from old clothing, to manage their monthly visit from good ol’ Aunt Flo. Though we’re all about environmentally friendly period solutions here at BUST, the statistics tell a different story: the often unsanitary rag cloths that women use during their periods can cause infections and even infertility, cancer, and death.   When inventor Muruganantham found out that his wife used rag cloths, he went where no man has gone before:  he not only designed a sanitary pad, but tested it himself.   Seriously. Read More
Jewelry designer Melissa Cohen found her calling after taking metalsmithing classes with her crafty friends in Atlanta, GA. Over the next few years, she made the move to Brooklyn, NY and is now making a living off of her twee-yet-tough trinkets. How inspiring! Metal Sugar jewelry ranges from metal-cast edibles (like the Twizzler cuff pictured above) to petite animals to sassy stamped nameplates, sprinkled with a healthy dose of teensy diamonds. They mix with everything from modern statement pieces to your grandma’s vintage locket. Read More
Oh, the weather outside is frightful…but Alex Silva’s cozy handmade knits are beyond delightful. Her intricate circle scarves—in luxe merino wool—are perfect to pair with even the drabbest of winter coats on chilly days. I’m especially loving her candy-colored Aztec Knit Print Scarf:   I’m also dying over these high-waisted knickers in a delicious dusty green. Read More
Artist and designer Mike Perry opted to celebrate the release of his monograph Wondering Around Wandering in a non-traditional way: instead of a standard launch party, Perry created a pop-up exhibition of the same name in his Brooklyn neighborhood. The warehouse-turned-gallery eventually gained a new use as a community art space, playing host to pumpkin-painting parties, school groups, art workshops, and performances. As with all good things, Wondering Around Wandering’s three-month residency is coming to a close…and you—yes, you!—are invited to come celebrate. Read More
Unofficial Icelandic national hero (and sometime Brooklynite) Björk is back, baby. Her new MOCA-commissioned video for “Mutual Core,” from her 2011 album-cum-educational art installation Biophilia, is just as odd and visually stunning as you’d expect: the singer, decked out in an Ursula-esque blue wig, directs a cast of gravity-defying humanoid crustaceans in a cycle of colliding, kissing, and pushing each other away. As the spare, organ-backed verse finally gives way to a sonic explosion, her creatures reach their breaking point, spewing lava and shrapnel. Read More
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor stopped by Sesame Street to dish out some career advice to the adorably oblivious, princess-obsessed Muppet Abby Cadabby. “Pretending to be a princess is fun, but it is definitely not a career,” says Sotomayor. "A career is a job you train for and prepare for and plan on doing for a long time." Though it is technically possible to make a career out of being a princess—and young Ms. Read More
Last week at Maker Faire Africa, four Nigerian teenage girls presented a generator powered by—wait for it—pee. Duro-Aina Adebola, Akindele Abiola, and Faleke Oluwatoyin, all 14, and Bello Eniola, 15, invented the machine, which separates hydrogen from urine with an electrolytic cell, purifies the hydrogen, and pressurizes the resulting gas through a generator to power a lightbulb. According to the girls, one liter of urine can produce up to 6 hours of electricity. Read More
  It’s hard to pin down a woman with a gun (in more ways than one). Cathryne Czubek’s new documentary, A Girl and a Gun, takes on the historically complex relationship between American women and firearms—and the portrait that emerges may surprise those who expect another Bowling for Columbine. Read More
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