In typical HML fashion we are doing far too much people.We can't help it, we get excited! At the beginning of February we  were feeling pretty smug- we'd rejected all offers of market stands, trade fairs, pop up shops. We'd not applied for any funding, artist run space or book. We made plans...for 2011... and had lots of cake and congratulated ourselves on embracing a 'quiet' year. Then the festival of the photocopier happened and we found ourselves making our Craftbusters zine (100 copies later we are already working on Vol 2). Then the wonderful Nella Themelios and Kim Brockett asked if we'd like to participate in their Insert Coin Here show. How could we resist? Giant gumballs full of art at $2 a pop with 60 participating artists in shiny red gumball machines placed at cool venues around town as part of the Fashion Festival? We were in - both as HML and as Beck and Ramona. Which meant 30 balls had to be juggled in a week!

HML have created Craft Emergency Kits that should see you through most disasters (instant necklace when you need some bling, a monogram kit for when a name tag is not enough etc). We like to help people. It's part of our, you know, thing.

Beck got to indulge her passion for fashion by designing some 'David Lee Rocks' which quite frankly are making me want to pull on the spandex and get some big hair (could he be hotter? I don't think so)

I made some little boutonnieres for the lapels of fab Melbournians that get out and support contemporary art in all its crazy DIY glory. The machines can be found at these venues:

Mon 1 March - Sat 6 March Craft Victoria: 31 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Tue 8 March - Sat 13 March Captains of Industry: Level 1, 2 Somerset Place, Melbourne (off Little Bourke Street)
Sun 14 March - Sun 21 March Alice Euphemia: Shop 6, Cathedral Arcade, 37 Swanston Street, Melbourne
Mon 22 March - Wed 31 March The Thousands Shop: Level 6, Curtin House, 252 Swanston Street, Melbourne

So we are thinking its not going to be a quiet year after all!


Anonymous said...

So good.

Insert Coin Here said...


Thanks HML!!

The Toy Society said...

Oh I wish a vending machine would come to Sydney to visit. How do I get my hands on issue 2 of Craftbusters?