and enhance creativity.
Imagine to come into possession of an artwork, a design object, a photography or a furniture which are unique in their kind without paying them, but just swapping them with something of yours that is useful, or took for granted. Otherwise, imagine you can take some common objects you like or need without buying them, but just exchanging them with an artwork, picture or object created by yourself with your hands. Welcome to Swap-Hop, the barter that enhance creativity in spite of economic crisis.
The idea was born in the county of Treviso (Italy) in the beginning of 2013, and since May 28th the opening of the Facebook Page allow to make swaps. Gino Pillon and Shannon Sadler believe that crisis periods could become be an opportunity to re-think about consuming habits, develop our social sensitivity and identify alternative behaviours.
It’s an initiative that promote barter of objects while highlighting those ones created by the users themselves. For this reason, Swap-Hop is an unreleased way out for artwork made by creative people like photographers, illustrators, painters, musicians, stylists, craftsmen, designers etcetera, those can swap their productions with objects offered by other users and, furthermore, acquire fame inside the community and get noticed from the outside, for examples by works personnel like gallerists, art merchants, music producers, directors and so on.
All that is possibile thanks to a chart of Swap-Hoppers generated by feedbacks which users receive, according to the quality and quantity of swaps the realize, and to the judgement they get by other users. The higher the score a Swap-Hopper will reach, the greater will be the possibility for him to be in a top position of the chart and get noticed.
The growing enthusiasm in the startup phase led the founders to partecipate to a fund-raising campaign on Indiegogo. The goal is to display and propose the project worldwide to collect funds from followers and build the platform. If this goal will be reached reached, the funders will be rewarded with discount vouchers for Swap-Hop services and feedback points to be used in the platform. But if the operation will not be successful, funders will be reimbursed.
Informations about the founders
Gino Pillon graduated in Bsc (hons) Industrial Design in London, UK. Since 2003 is a Footwear and graphic Designer for italian and foreign clients/brands, working as freelance in the late years. Since 2010 he manage two music labels dealing with production, digital distribution and web promotion of emerging bands and musical projects.
Shannon Sadler graduated in Economy in Bologna, Italy. He is Business Developer field from 15 years, 10 of them as CEO of its own Company that operated with an innovative service in the apparel sector. He worked and lived in Italy, France, UK, Cambogia. He is now working in the Design field in Milano, Italy.