Insert Coin Here – running as part of the LMFF Cultural Program, March 1st – 31st. Graphic design by Luci Everett.

Pocket Garden miniature books by printmaker Kyoko Imazu will be included in the show… (I seriously have my fingers crossed for one of these…! More pics on Kyoko’s lovely blog.)

Paper birdies by Sarah McNeil.

The Indispensables – Beautiful wearable rosettes by Leah Muddle (co-owner of Milly Sleeping, amongst many other creative pursuits). ps. Is Leah Muddle not the most brilliant name? I would die for a name of this cuteness.

In case you didn’t know (unlikely), the L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival is now upon us… and whilst I have pretty much zero interest in attending any kind of fashion runway show, I must say I am quite curious about some of the interesting offerings in the LMFF cultural program.

Insert Coin Here is one such project, curated by two ladies from Craft Victoria‘s talented team – Nella Themelios & Kim Brockett. From tomorrow, Insert Coin Here will see two gumball-style vending machines placed in various locations within the CBD, each containing a curated collection of limited edition object-based mini artworks. All in all there are 600 mini artworks included in the project, produced by over 60 Melbourne-based artists, designers and craftsters – including TDF faves Amy Borrell, Dawn Tan and Dell Stewart… and so many more!

For just $2.00, you can have your twist of the gumball machine, and walk away with a sweet little handmade artwork by one of these talented local artists. How awesome is that? Plus, who knows, perhaps one day a handful of these artists will have reached the giddy heights of international fame, and your precious little keepsake might be worth some serious $!

ps) I have a sneaking suspicion this little show is gonna be slightly, unexpectedly HUGE, and the 600 artworks will disappear in, like, 48 hrs. Don’t say I didn’t warn you…!

This week Insert Coin Here can be found at Craft Victoria, 31 Flinders Lane, CBD.

From March 7th the project will move to various other locations – for a full list pop over and visit the Insert Coin Here blog!

Text-based artworks entitled ‘Finding Each Other’ by artist and film director Antuong Nguyen.

Top – Chad Catcher artworks created from hole punched leftovers by Anita Cummins, Bottom – Award Ribbon Brooches by Amy Borrell.

Ceramic badges with handwritten Miranda-July-esque confessional statements, by Melbourne-based artist Simon Zoric.

Oh I do love these behind-the-scenes gumball machine madness shots on the Insert Coin Here blog! Cute. These girls must have had such crazy fun pulling it all together!