Photo by KP
This unsuspecting store front is about to be transformed into a collaborative space for creative minds to utilize and for consumers of art to come enjoy, with an emphasis on recycled materials! After the 4th of the July there will be a reason to keep celebrating, on the 5th of July The Gumball Collective will be opening it’s doors! The Gumball Collective is starting it’s life in the old home of Fried Bologna Vintage (which has happily moved to a strictly online forum) at 158 13th Ave NE Minneapolis. The collective officially consists of three different creative souls; Ann Meyers, Jen Kohan & Doug Talalla. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to meet with Ann, of Annrocks Apparel and she gave me a full run down of what will be going on in the space.
Ten years ago Ann made her first t-shirt garment, if she is remembering correctly it was a skirt. It wasn’t long before people noticed how cool the garments were and started asking if she could make them one. Ann was always a ‘thrifter’ who enjoyed shopping at second-hand retailers, it was natural for her to incorporate those practices into her business model. As an apparel design student at MCTC Ann’s creative side didn’t bloom particularly well, possibly due to her distaste for patterns and rigid design science. Ann and her husband moved to Atlanta for his schooling and while they lived there Ann was inspired to start a crafting group. The group ended up being a huge hit, the group eventually started renting a booth that they all shared at different craft shows in the area. Ann has since moved home and participated in over 35 crafts shows.
Doug is a painter, the newly painted white walls of the collective are all his to fill, examples of his work can be found here as well as on the walls of the gallery space on Friday evening, June 5th.
Jen owns Woodshed Consulting and will be do consulting from in the space, below is quick snap shot of her business’s services.
Screen Shot from Facebook
There is a Grand Opening party being held at the space this Friday, July 5th from 7 to 10 pm – it is going to be a great time in celebration of a great new NE venture. We at Sol Inspirations wish the Gumball Collective the best in their endeavors and hope for a good turn out in support of these creative Minneapolitans.
Connect with the Gumball Collective
Facebook – Gumball Collective
Facebook – Woodshed Consulting
Facebook – Annrocks Apparel
158 13th Ave NE Minneapolis, MN 55413