Erin Bried
Erin Bried

New Magazine Wants To Show Young Girls They Can Do Anything

Erin Bried
Erin Bried

A new print magazine called Kazoo is uniting top female artists, chefs, writers, and scientists for a single purpose: to inspire young girls to be true to themselves. Kazoo Magazine is the creation of writer and editor Erin Bried, who is currently raising money for the magazine on Kickstarter. According to Bried, if funded, Kazoo will be published quarterly and feature sections on everything from art and science to emotions, citizenship, and critical thinking targeted to girls ages five to 10. 

Bried has already brought some truly impressive talent on board. MacArthur Genius Alison Bechdel, New York Times bestseller Lucy Knisley, artist Mickalene Thomas, James Beard-nominated chef Fany Gerson, Caldecott Honor winner Doreen Cronin, National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson, and cosmochemist Meenakshi Wadhwa have all promised to contribute to the nascent magazine. Each contributor is creating a unique written or artistic work just for Kazoo. Bechdel, for instance, is creating a drawing tutorial called “How to Draw a Cat”—her first original, full-length comic in a year. Gerson, meanwhile, is contributing a recipe for Mexican ice pops called paletas, while Cronin is submitting a short story. 

Bried told mental_floss that she was inspired to create Kazoo during a disappointing shopping trip with her daughter. "I started Kazoo because, after browsing the newsstand with my 5-year-old daughter one day, I was upset—and honestly—kind of angry at what I saw. I don’t think there was a single title for young girls that didn’t include a story on pretty hair,” she wrote in an email. “What’s more, every cover I saw featured a princess, a doll or a little girl wearing makeup. Since my daughter happens to prefer pirates to princesses, we left the store that day empty-handed.

Bried was frustrated with the limited (and limiting) print media available for young girls, and wanted to create something truly expansive, a publication that would show girls their options in life are unlimited. “This sort of messaging that we see in the media (and in the toy aisles)—that there’s only one right way for a girl to be—has real and negative consequences,” wrote Bried. “We’ve got to let our girls know that they have other options. They can be loud. They can be messy. They can be strong. They can be adventurous. They can be silly. They can be intellectually curious about science, art, engineering—anything. Everything! That’s why I wanted to create Kazoo.”

Interested in showing your support for Kazoo? Visit Bried's Kickstarter page.

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See the Secret Paintings Hidden in Gilded Books
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The art of vanishing fore-edge painting—hiding delicate images on the front edges of gilded books—dates back to about 1660. Today, British artist Martin Frost is the last remaining commercial fore-edge painter in the world. He works primarily on antique books, crafting scenes from nature, domestic life, mythology, and Harry Potter. Great Big Story recently caught up with him in his studio to learn more about his disappearing art. Learn more in the video below.

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Candytopia, the Interactive Art Installation Made of Sweet Treats, Is Coming to New York City
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A colorful exhibition is sharing some eye candy—and actual candy—with visitors. The sweet art pop-up, called Candytopia, is heading to New York City this summer following successful stints in Los Angeles and Santa Monica, Gothamist reports.

Candytopia feels a little like Willy Wonka’s chocolate room. More than a dozen rooms with psychedelic backdrops will be on view, as well as candy-inspired interpretations of famous artworks such as Mona Lisa and The Thinker. The installation is the brainchild of Jackie Sorkin, the star of TLC’s Candy Queen.

Many of the art installations are made from actual candy, but unlike Wonka’s lickable wallpaper, visitors will have to keep their hands and tongues to themselves. Instead, guests will be given samples of various sweet treats like gummies, chocolates, and “nostalgic favorites.”

Forbes named Candytopia one of the best pop-up museums to visit in 2018. New York City seems the perfect place for the exhibit, having formerly hosted other food-inspired pop-ups like the Museum of Pizza and the Museum of Ice Cream.

Candytopia will debut in New York City on August 15 at Penn Plaza at 145 West 32nd Street. Tickets must be purchased in advance, and they can be ordered on Candytopia’s website. Private events and birthday parties can also be arranged.

Keep scrolling to see some more installations from Candytopia.

A wing of the Candytopia exhibit
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An Egyptian-inspired statue made of candy
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A candy version of the Mona Lisa
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A shark statue
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[h/t Gothamist]

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