Urban Craft Uprising
june 27th & 28th
seattle center exhibition hall
11am – 5pm both days
Some backstory about our show: Urban Craft Uprising was founded in 2005 to showcase the work of independent crafters, artists and designers — to provide a unique, high quality, hand-crafted alternative to “big box” stores and mass produced goods.
Since its early beginnings at its first holiday show with just 50 crafter booths and overflowing crowds, Urban Craft Uprising now holds the largest indie craft event in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest with its Winter Show. In 2009, Urban Craft Uprising expanded its horizons to include a summer show, which has now also become an annual event, in conjunction with an exclusive wholesale event which allows our vendors to connect directly with wholesale buyers.
Urban Craft Uprising aims to build a local (and beyond) community of artists, crafters and designers by organizing and providing events where indie crafters and artists can connect with their fans. In addition, Urban Craft Uprising promotes other community building activities, including our crafting shows, showcases, classes, events, Camp ThunderCraft, sponsorships, online presence and other local activities. To find out more about our show and stay in the loop about upcoming events, be sure to subscribe to our mailing list right here on the website.
We were a first time vendor at UCU and were super impressed with its fan following, its organization and its caliber of makers. Thanks so much for having us! We enjoyed the experience immensely.
It was one of the best shows we have ever participated in and hands-down this is the MOST well-organized show. I love how you provide information for both the novice and expert vendor; you covered all bases and provided thorough and helpful information. It was outstanding at every moment. Having volunteers from the point of load-in and to help cover the booths during the show was so helpful. Thank you for a great show!
Where do I start?! I had so many favorite moments…Really it’s the connection with other people. I love talking with customers and had so many lovely conversations with them. But this time around I’d have to say that it was the support and connections with the other vendors. Through Urban Craft Uprising I’ve gotten to know quite a few vendors who are now my friends and it just made the show that much more fun to be there with them. Overall it was really an inspiring weekend to be able to be part of such a talented and creative group of people!
[My favorite part of the weekend was] customer reactions. It’s what makes me proud to be doing what I’m doing and affirming that I’m doing great and to keep going strong 🙂
Now that I have experiences doing other large shows I really appreciate the personal touches and attention UCU crew gives to the vendors. With the emails sharing lots of helpful information organizing the happy hour, having a vendor lounge, free wifi, volunteers for loading and standing in at booths, etc. Makes the whole experience feel so much like a community effort rather than just individually loading, doing the show, and loading out. Great job! UCU is always really fun for me (some shows can be so serious). Please keep it up!! 🙂
[My favorite moment was] realizing that I have a product that people want. I had customers tell me they came to the show for me. That’s insane! I also heard many customers say they were only buying local handmade this year. The talent of artists at this show is above and beyond. It warms my heart to be around so many creative amazing people.
The information you provided leading up to the show was thorough and well organized. I really benefited from and was reassured by the helpful tips in the vendor newsletters. Thank you for running such a well organized and well attended show!
This was the best organized show I have done (out of probably 50 different shows I have done over the last 12 years I have vended.)
You ladies are just the best. I really want you to know just how fortunate I feel to be part of this show and this community. You’ve created something really special – the vendors feel it, and the customers do too. So many times this year I had customers tell me how well curated it all felt. I think that’s something that’s so much harder to achieve than most people think. So just big high fives and hugs to you. You ROCK!
I thought this year’s show was great. There seemed to be a lot of new vendors that I haven’t seen anywhere else before. I could have bought a year’s worth of bday and holiday presents for all my friends and family but then I’d be broke so I only shopped for myself :))
applications are open until april 6th
june 27th & 28th
11am-5pm both days
Seattle Center Exhibition Hall
301 Mercer St., Seattle, WA 98109
MEET THE MAKERS
Take a sneak peek before the show!
(This will be updated in mid-April)
monday, june 29th