What's the big idea?
Have Company is a mobile shop and artist residency featuring handmade goods, zines & vintage clothing. It is housed in a 1966 coachman travel trailer and will be brought to art fairs, craft fairs, music festivals, and other events. It will provide a place for established & emerging artists to both sell & create work!
Right now the camper has been purchased, gutted, & is ready for action. It’s a tiny idea that has the potential to grow into something much bigger. It can be anything folks want or need it to be. A constantly growing idea & project.
Describe the nearest player in your field.
Miscellany & Minty Keen are both brick & mortar stores that sell vintage clothing and handmade goods in Grand Rapids. Local colleges and art spaces provide artist residencies as well as cabin-time art camp which is a roaming artists residency.
How are you different from that player?
The mobility and flexibility of Have Company is different than anything else happening in Michigan right now. We allow artists working on projects to be site specific, as well as provide a store space wherever we want! Parking lots, yards, craft fairs, music festivals, you name it!
How's the world different with your idea in it?
More people making!! Providing a space for crafters and publishers to sell there goods in Michigan is exciting and rare. There is so much energy bursting in Grand Rapids and it deserves to be spread & shared. Have Company not only allows for this, but requires & encourages more people to MAKE.
Why are you the one to run with this idea?
As I continue to refine my own craft both as a dancer & zine maker I am always looking for new spaces to practice, sell, and share in. I know my style of making & living could make something like this possible & sustainable. With a small investment, we’d hit the ground running, full speed.