We are makers, designers and artisans. we make things with our hands in our kitchens, bedrooms and studios. We love the creative process. 

Urban Craft Uprising is the preeminent indie maker event in the PNW. We aim to build local craft events that not only help makers build their business but we develop  events that inspire others to create.

Meet the Makers

Learn about some of our star vendors!

ChiChiland

Every show we ask an artist to design the art for our event.  We l.o.v.e. working with these talented artisans and were thrilled to get to work with Chichiland for our summer show art.  Perhaps you have seen billboards around town but if you haven’t, be sure to look out for them and this artist at the summer show!

Coal Creek Leather

Loving these beautiful leather covers by Coal Creek Leather!  Perfect for your planners, notebooks and other goodies.  Gotta love something that is beautifully crafted and helps you organize right?  look for them at our summer show!

Candy Relics

We love the folks at Candy Relics!  Their work is fun, beautiful and will definitely be conversation pieces in your home.  Be sure to check them out at our summer show!  It’s coming up guys!  we can’t wait!

about

Urban Craft Uprising’s Mission:

To build a fun, successful showcase for indie crafters and to nurture a supportive DIY crafting community

About our show: Urban Craft Uprising is Seattle’s favorite craft show, established in 2005.  At UCU, fans can choose from a wide variety of hand-crafted goods, including clothing of all types, jewelry, gifts, bags, wallets, buttons, accessories, aprons, children’s goods, toys, housewares, furniture, paper goods, candles, kits, geekery, art, food, and much, much more.

Each show is carefully curated and juried to ensure the best mix of crafts and arts, along with quality and originality.  This bi-annual show features over 150 vendors excelling in the world of craft, art and design.  Over the course of its 15 years, UCU has garnered so much attention that nearly 15,000 fans swarm to the show over the course of the weekend.

Hundreds of fans are lined up before our doors open to receive our famous swag bags full of goodies from our vendors and lovely sponsors. This show is free and fun for the whole family! We look forward to seeing you!

Kristen Rask
kristen rask

Kristen Rask opened Schmancy in downtown Seattle in 2004.  She started curating an annual show titled Plush You! at the shop that soon got international recognition.  In its second year she received a book deal with f+w publishing to publish Plush You!: Loveable Misfits to Sew and Stuff.  Since then she has come out with 7 more books; Creature Crochet, Button and Stitch: super cute ways to use your button stash (f+w publishing), Yummy Crochet, Teeny Tiny Animal Crochet, Woodland Crochet, Wizard of Oz Crochet and Peanuts Crochet which was recently written up about on Martha Stewart.  She started her first craft business when she was 12 and has loved crafting and small business since.  She joined UCU in 2008 and still says it’s her dream job.

Lindsey Ross
Lindsey Ross

Lindsey has been organizing UCU since its first show at the Seattle Center, in 2006. She fell in love with the job of organizing when she became Logistical Director of her Camp Miriam at the age of 21, and knew that her dream would be to manage the systems and intricacies of events in other contexts. A Seattle native, she took a hiatus from the city for a half decade to live in various locales from Israel to Ohio to Montreal, and then back to Seattle for a fateful year that intersected with UCU’s establishment as a Seattle mainstay. She now lives in Portland and also owns  Yarnia, an online DIY custom yarn shop that she operated as a brick & mortar for 9 years. She loves the job of building an event from the ground-up, of thinking through all the “what-if”s, and preparing accordingly–whether it’s at work with UCU, or at home planning a weekend campout, her own wedding, or a climb up Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Bobby Ives
Bobby Ives

Bobby is an enthusiastic community builder and lifelong maker with over 15 years of experience in the art world with the New Museum of Contemporary Art, American Museum of Natural History, SFMOMA, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and San Francisco Art Institute. Most recently, she served as Expressions Program Manager for Amazon, where she opened the Expressions Lab for employees to foster creativity in the workplace and launched the Artist in Residence program. When she’s not hard at work, you can find her roller skating, painting a Bob Ross landscape, or exploring the world!

Cle Franklin
cle franklin

Cle has had a lifelong love affair with making and entrepreneurship starting out with selling friendship bracelets and homemade perfume at the end of her driveway as a young child. Most of her adult life has been spent working in the food and beverage industry beginning with 5 years at the Seattle nonprofit FareStart and leading to 9 years owning and operating homemade ice cream company Half Pint. Motherhood and other life changes have lead her down a new path and she is now working on starting up a crafting events business, hosting parties, workshops and other gatherings centering around craft projects, socializing and community. In her spare time you will find her knitting, sewing clothes, cooking, spending time with her husband and wrangling her 3 year-old daughter.