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.
[My favorite memory was the] new milestones! I can’t pick one favorite moment: beating my previous sales record, getting my first wholesale order, being featured on the Design Milk IG page (presumably due to UCU’s promotion), and of course, talking with customers who were purchasing my kits as a means of self-care or self-discovery. It was rewarding to be able to connect my months of creative work with the customers who would ultimately reap the biggest benefits.
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!
[There is] an overall feeling of support and love. I have vended at a lot of shows, and the UCU really cultivates a feeling of camaraderie. This group is so supportive of one another…we want to see us all succeed. It warms my heart to be a part of the UCU <3
UCU does an exceptional job making sure that we have all of the information we need. We really appreciate it. We have done many shows and UCU shows are by far the most organized and professional that we have seen. Well done!
Preview Night was very good for sales. It never felt crowded or slow. Shoppers that came at 5 were very deliberate in purchasing while the late comers had on a good buzz, enjoyed a beer or wine and chatted up a bit more. We love Preview Night and the idea that they get “first dibs” at the show is very important.
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.)
I’m sure you guys hear this a ton, but what an amazing show you put together year after year, it’s organized and the people that attend are amazing and so supportive of handmade, kind of like a holiday gift to vendors. I was so impressed by the variety this year and quality of everyone’s work. Sometimes at other shows, I feel like there’s a huge focus on making sure price points stay within a certain area – sometimes to the detriment of what is getting shown – and I really noticed this year that there was a huge variety in what people were making, price points, presentation, etc. but consistently it was interesting and beautiful work. I imagine that’s a hard thing to accomplish, but wow.
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!! 🙂
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!
[My favorite memory was] All of it! The best run event I’ve been a part of. Customers were happy, vendors were in great spirits, and the volunteers were always around when you needed them. Honored to be a part of the Winter UCU event!
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