I think it’s awesome when people re-tell classic stories. I don’t even mind a modern twist or two.
How about when one combines two of my favourite things: Amusing YouTube clips and Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice? Yes please! So you know I’m going to love The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, which is basically a modern take, with a gorgeous Lizze and her two sisters (the older, Jane, a doting sweetheart, the younger, Lydia, a loveable “whore”.)
Episode 1: My Name is Lizzie Bennet
Episode 2: My Sisters: Problematic to Practically Perfect
Episode 3: My Parents: Opposingly Supportive
Episode 4: Bing Lee and his 500 Teenage Prostitutes
Jónsi (real name Jón Þór Birgisson) is a singer-songwriter from Iceland who, I think, brings happiness and wonder back into music. He’s released a solo album, but gained fame as part of the Icelandic band Sigur Ros. Jónsi sometimes plays his guitar with a cello bow, wears sunglasses through entire shows and has invented his own language, which he calls “Hopelandic”.
So he’s ecclectic. That’s your first reason to love Jónsi. Here’s another four, in musical form:
OddOneOut (a.k.a. Niki) is into upcycling vintage plates – amongst other crafty endeavours – and as soon as I stopped by her stall at a local craft fair, I knew I was in trouble. Her designs are gorgeous.
After taking some time out from her job as a textile designer to have a baby, Niki decided to revisit some of her old ideas and passions, and get creative.
“I realized that I absolutely have to be doing something creative or I’m just not that happy,” she wrote on her Felt profile.
“I began to go through some notebooks from my student days and rework some of my ideas.”
And boy, did Niki have some great ideas.
In amongst the beautifully graffitied teapots and somewhat kitsch photoframes, were plates.
Floral plates with deer, floral plates with skulls, floral plates with a picture of a fist sporting “cake” tattooed across the knuckles – this was my idea of art. I got three that day, with plans to add to my collection as new designs – and finances – allow.
You can check out OddOneOut’s Felt store, or catch her around crafty corners of Auckland.
And if you’re looking for a gift for your friend Cate, look no further.