Insert Coin Here

I love love LOVE this idea! So much so that I had to repost it.

A bit about the exhibit:

“Comprising two vending machines strategically placed around the Melbourne CBD, Insert Coin Here explores hierarchies of value and mechanised systems of exchange.

The Insert Coin Here vending machines contain limited edition ‘fashion objects’ which are randomly dispensed when a member of the public inserts a $2 coin. The artworks contained in the machines have been produced by over 60 Melbourne-based artists, designers and craft practitioners.”

How cool would it be if we could get something like this going in the U S of A! Does it already exist and I just don’t know about it yet? I wonder….

Here are some of my favorite pieces from the exhibit:

Mountain brooches by Dawn Tan

Ribbon award brooches by Amy Borrell

Pocket Garden by Kyoko Imazu. Also available on etsy.

Australia is looking better and better to me. 🙂

NYC Paper Delights

On a quick side note, I have to say you guys are knocking it out of the park on the paper swap. I’m extremely impressed. I just uploaded a few shots of some of the great stuff I’ve received to my flickr page and if you’re thinking about particapating next year, you should definitely check it out.

Anyway, this past weekend I finally returned to NYC and spent WAY too much on cute cards and stationery. I’m definitely not buying anything else til Renegade in July.

Greenwich Letterpress is my new fav store ever. Here’s a sampling of what I picked up:

I loove Austin Press! This is the first time that I’ve seen their stuff anywhere else but Anthropologie. What a treat!

Perhapys my favorite card ever from Dude and Chick.

Some of the loveliest things in the shop are made in house.

The Regional Assembly of Text. The bird card is of a similar design to this card: there is a wheel you can rotate to change the greeting to say “hello there”, “thinking of you often”, “miss you dearly”, or “wish you were here”.

After Greenwich Letterpress exceeded all of my expectations, I stumbled upon Jonthan Adler’s shop. I looove his designs and he makes gorgeous stationery:

Finally, after a somewhat disappointing trip to the New Museum, I found these shadow puppet cards that I have been drooling over FOREVER:

Technically, they aren’t cards because they don’t come with envelopes, but I don’t care. Besides, who doesn’t want a card that doubles as a toy? 🙂 You can buy them online at Cog and Pearl.

All in all, it was a fabulous trip! I can’t wait to go back again.