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Cyanotype is an old photographic printing process, also known as “sun printing.” The chemicals ferric ammonium citrate and potassium ferricyanide are combined—this is where the magic happens—which makes them sensitive to UV-light, turning dark blue when exposed. Cyanotype was often used to make copies (hence the term “blueprint”) but English botanist Anna Atkins was the first to use it to make scientific recordings of plants in her 1843 book Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions. By treating paper or fabric (like we do here), you...
  In Zimbabwe, where mental-health care providers are a rarity, a group of older women fondly referred to as “community grandmothers” is filling the treatment gap. Trained by doctors in talk therapy through an organization called the Friendship Bench, these women invite neighbors to meet with them on their benches outdoors, under trees, rather than in traditional offices. And they provide free advice to those suffering from depression and anxiety, locally known as “kufungisisa,” which directly translates into “thinking too much.” Dr. Ruth Verhey, who has...
  AUGUST 14TH BRINGS US an exciting conjunction between the Sun and Venus in Leo, creating an amazing day for manifesting love, money, confidence, and dreams. We will all get a chance to fight for our passions and embark on a new Venusian vision. It’s a great time to manifestation as well. The Sun and Venus align in the sky, igniting a particular Venus cycle. This Venus cycle takes us back to August 2015. We are working with the second part of that cycle now and carrying...
Fun fact: dieting does not work. And yet, every year, millions of us get on that diet bandwagon, looking for a quick fix. This isn’t a modern thing – it’s a tale as old as time. So let’s look back down the annals of history and try and find out why dieting is so prevalent, and what our ancestors used to do. Example of a weight loss advert for Korein. In 1915, the pill was found to contain 60% petroleum and 40% sassafras oil (now banned for...
  All over North America, women are turning vans into tiny rolling homes and living life on the open road. Documenting their adventures with the hashtag #vanlife, these solo female travelers are claiming space and creating mobile communities. With her bright magenta hair and matching striped shorts, 34-year-old Lisa Jacobs balances her DSLR camera on her kitchen counter inside her 2012 Nissan NV2500 High Roof van. Popping a fedora on her head with a grin, she strikes a pose with her hands above her head, projecting the...
  During the Victorian era, ladies visiting the public beach couldn’t simply wade out into the water and enjoy an invigorating swim. To protect their modesty, most ladies on a seaside holiday utilized a bathing machine. Though the name puts one in mind of a mechanized device, a bathing machine was really nothing more than a wooden dressing room set up on two wheels. The interior was usually equipped with both an entry and an exit door, and generally featured benches on either side, and hooks...
  Big Grrrl, Small Yoga World YOGA IS INTIMIDATING for new practitioners, but it’s even more intimidating for anyone who doesn’t have a lithe “yoga” physique. We don’t see it as much as we should, but all body types can do yoga. As a yoga instructor with personal experience navigating a bigger belly and breasts, I’ve learned to use my knowledge of the poses, along with my own practice, to make shapes that feel best for me. Here are a few tips to make your yoga session...

Post BUST Zero Waste event, I found myself yearning for a new DIY project that would pair well with my skincare addiction. I found a magical little shop tucked away in Brooklyn Heights called Earth Speaks, which is a space covered wall to wall with tiny tinctures, an abundance of crystals, and housemade beauty products as far as the eye can see. Not to mention the best part: they’re female owned and operated! Earth Speaks hosts monthly workshops on DIY skincare and beauty products. I was lucky...

  With summer days in full force, your houseplants are living their best lives, which means it’s time to get propagating (i.e. growing a new plant from part of a “parent” plant). There are many ways to do this—as the owner of Folia Collective, an indoor-plant shop in Los Angeles, I’ve tried them all! But water propagation is easiest. It works for a variety of plants and allows you to see new roots as they develop. You’ll need: plants (some of the easiest to propagate in water...
  Marianne Williamson’s sudden internet fame shouldn’t seem uncommon in the age of Twitter, soundbites, and the apparent reality that anyone can become president (motion to 45). During the first Democratic primary debate, Williamson, the self-help guru, public speaker, and author, made notable comments on reparations and environmental racism which have attracted interest from all corners of the internet, so much that she was the most searched candidate following the debate and the talk of punditry across the board. Yet, the attention for the formerly written-off...