Hi everyone! Are you looking for more inspiring, Build-It-Yourself action before our summer show? Looking for something awesome to do next weekend? Check out this this new award-winning documentary about influential designer-activists Matthew Miller and Emily Pilloton and their endeavor to transform a group of students’ and their community through shop class. From Long Shot Factory/O’Malley Creadon Productions, the film IF YOU BUILD IT will be released next Friday, March 14, 2014 at SIFF Cinema.
From Patrick Creadon, director of WORDPLAY and I.O.U.S.A., comes a captivating look at a radically innovative approach to education. IF YOU BUILD IT follows designer-activists Emily Pilloton and Matthew Miller to rural Bertie county, the poorest in North Carolina, where they work with local high school students to transform both their community and their lives. Living on credit and grant money and fighting a change-resistant school board, Pilloton and Miller lead their students through a year-long, full-scale design and build project that does much more than teach basic construction skills: it shows ten teenagers the power of design-thinking to help re-invent not just their town but their own sense of what’s possible.
You can watch the official trailer here. For more information, you can connect with the film through the project’s Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr or Website.
We are VERY excited to announce our new partnership with the Seattle Street Food Festival (SSFF) this summer!
In August 2013, SSFF debuted with over 25,000 people attending (along 11th Ave on the corner of Pine along Cal Anderson Park), with over 55 local food vendors and over 30 crafters. This new partnership will expand the craft section to about 110 vendors!
The festival features an all-star palette of foodie programming like Pop-Up Picnic in the Park, supporting local charities, with an impressive list of culinary talents like Top Chef’s Carrie Mashaney (Spinasse/Aragona) followed by our industry party by James Beard nominees Ethan Stowell and Jason Franey (Canlis).
Inspired by the Brooklyn night market, this event will be held on August 8th and 9th, opening up to the public that Friday at 5:00 pm.
2014 Festival Highlights
- 35,000+ People forecasted to attend the festival over two days
- Free Admission to the general public over two days
- Seattle’s largest street food showcase, with 75 unique food vendors in 2014
- Customized programming inside the park like our 2013 Pop-Up Picnic and Industry Closing Night Party hosted by Ethan Stowell & Canlis’ Jason Franey
- Hugo House Summer Performance House
- Three Beer Gardens | Craft Cocktails, Beer and Wine
- VIF Express Pass | Skip the Lines & Enjoy the Best of Seattle
Urban Craft’s Involvement:
- UCU will be curating the handmade market portion of this event. Applications will be vetted through UCU just as they are for our own shows, the only difference being that NO photos will be needed for the jury; we will instead be requesting websites, Etsy shops, or other online venues where your work is pictured.
- This event will be PNW-focused so anyone in states outside of the Pacific Northwest should not apply.
- In addition to the booth fee, each vendor is required to give 10% of their sales to the park. This is mandatory for all vendors — food and craft alike — and is non negotiable.
- Food vendors may apply to vend in the UCU Marketplace ONLY if you are not serving cooked items. (For those who want to apply in that category, please do so through theSSFF application form.) However, any pre-packaged goods such as jams, candy, baked goods, etc. are welcome at the UCU Marketplace.
Applications are open now for this event!
We really are so excited to be teaming up with this great event, and hope that this is another fun way for you to be involved in the community and make some extra summer money!
If you have any questions about this event, feel free to contact Kristen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last year we had our first wholesaling event the day before the summer show started (on Friday afternoon, after load-in). For a first crack at a totally new side of UCU, we felt like it went really well and we look forward to trying it again for year #2! However, after hearing feedback from both the wholesale buyers and the vendors who took part in the event, we have decide to make some changes.
This year the wholesaling event will be held on MONDAY, the day after the weekend show. Why?
- Some of our vendors chose not to participate in the wholesale portion, which left empty spaces in the floor plan on Friday afternoon, resulting in some sad buyers. Monday wholesaling leaves the option for vendors who do not want to participate in the wholesaling event will be allowed to leave Sunday after the show and we will bring in new vendors who DO want to participate.
- Many buyers thought a cash and carry possibility would have been nice. This way, you could perhaps make that available, as you won’t have to worry about holding back your inventory for weekend retail shoppers.
- Some vendors did not seem ready for the wholesaling portion of the show, but did it because they were there and already set up. For this second run, we want EVERYONE who participates to be ready and knowledgeable about wholesaling, and well equipped to handle questions and orders.
- Seattle traffic tends to be horrible on Fridays which made it really hard for many of the buyers to make it last year (which resulted in unhappy vendors, who noticed that some of their favorite buyers never showed up, even though they had registered!). Monday traffic, on the other hand, tends to be your “normal” Seattle traffic and since you’ll already have your booth all set up, we can start the event earlier in the day.
Does this mean you HAVE to stay and do the wholesale show on Monday? Nope, not at all! This gives everyone the flexibility to choose whether they want to apply for the regular weekend show only, both the weekend and Monday wholesale shows, or even just the wholesale show only (based on availability).
Be sure to read over the application very carefully as you apply, to ensure you are applying for the portion of the show you are intending.
We can’t describe enough our love for Seattle. UCU is so lucky to be in a city that really supports the show and our vendors; with everything going on in the world, this support is truly important.
We all know the benefits of shopping local abound: you’re keeping your money circulating in the local economy, you’re directly supporting others and their families, and you get to interact with the producer of whatever you’re purchasing — which is a bonus whether your biggest concern is the quality of the product, the sourcing of the materials, the creative process, or just making a connection with someone in your community.
By shopping at UCU, you have the chance to shop local, on a huge scale! We’ve done all the legwork of getting all these incredible local crafters and designers under one roof, so you can have the one-stop-shop experience, without the big box store.
Tell all your friends, your family, your baristas, your favorite bartenders, everyone you know, that you are attending UCU and encourage them to do so as well. You can’t even truly imagine the awesomeness until you’ve been there yourself, so get on Facebook
, or your blog and tell your people where you’ll be keepin’ it local December 7th and 8th!
As always, attending UCU is free to the public! However, you will see a donation box as you enter the Ex Hall, and we appreciate any amount that you are able to give.
Your donation helps offset the cost of the show, and enables us to keep this event free for the public, so that everyone can attend (and so that you have more money to spend on our amazing vendors)!
Thanks so much!
We have some GREAT authors lined up for this year’s show!
From pie to mushrooms to children’s books to crochet kits…to things you want to punch in the face!
It’s an outstanding lineup, and even if you don’t make it in time for your favorite author’s book signing (see website for the schedule), ALL of these books will be available for purchase all weekend, and make fabulous gifts, too!
Another great way you can help us spread the word about the show?
Hop on and join our Facebook Event
. Even though it may be obvious to you
that you’re coming, this lets all your friends know too, and helps us spread the word far and wide. And if you can share the event on your own timeline — even better!
Our Metro bus ads are already popping up all over town! Have you seen one of these yet on the back of (or inside of) any buses?
If you do, snap a photo and upload it to Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram with the hashtag #UrbanCraftUprising, #seattle,
Doors for the show open at 11, but those in the know get there even earlier. In fact, a line often forms as early as 8:00 a.m. in front of the doors, as eager fans stake their claim for our famous swag bags, which are full of goodies from all the vendors, and handed out to the first 100 people
through the doors each day.
This year, we’ll be handing out tickets to the first 100 fans in line, so you’ll know for sure whether you are one of the lucky recipients. This should help eliminate incidences of line-cutting and confusion. We will be handing out tickets as soon as we arrive, and will continue to do so until the line hits 100.
We appreciate your courtesy to other fans in limiting the number of bags per family to those who really, really want one!
Even if you don’t get in line in time, don’t fear! We also have raffles each hour of the show! Be sure to head over to the raffle booth when you enter to grab a ticket. The raffles are FREE, and the prizes are amazing!!
This winter, not only can you get that warm and fuzzy feeling by shopping local with your favorite vendors for all your holiday gifts, but you can help out a good cause at the same time!
This year for the first time ever, we are pairing up with a local organization (the Hunger Intervention Program
) to help fight hunter this holiday season.
Here is a list of items you may consider donating. We are so excited to be doing this!
- Cans of tuna and chicken
- “Jif-to-go” or other individual sized peanut butter containers
- Whole wheat crackers
- Small (5.5 oz) cans V8 or other 100% juice
- Soups: Chicken noodle, chicken & vegetable, beef & vegetable
- Shelf stable milk
- Individual unsweetened applesauce
- Fruit cups packed in fruit juices
- Healthy snacks (trail mix, granola bars, fruit leathers, fruit snacks)
- Individually packaged low sugar cereals (Cornflakes, Cheerios, Kix, Raisin Bran)
You will find a box for collections at the front doors. Please come prepared if you are able, and help us collect food for this great cause!