Urban Craft Uprising | About Our Show
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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 1995. 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 13 years, UCU has garnered so much attention that over 16,000 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. Not only can you peruse the aisles full of vendors, but there are also hourly crafty book signings and demos to check out. This show is free and fun for the whole family! We look forward to seeing you!
Urban Craft Uprising was started 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.
In 2014, UCU began partnering with the Seattle Street Food Festival, in 2015 we joined forces with the folks at Amazon to put on a smaller winter show in the SLU neighborhood, and beginning in 2016 we began offering dozens of other opportunities to burgeoning crafters and artists in the area, including a dedicated Urban Craft section of the Seattle Gift Show, an Urban Craft Market at Magnolia Summerfest, First Thursday art walks all summer long in Occidental Park, an Urban Craft Fall Market in downtown SLU, and a 4-week Holiday Market at Westlake Park from Thanksgiving through Christmas, featuring 24 rotating artists each week. If you’re a maker who would like to get involved with any of our shows or festivals, be sure to get on our mailing list so you’ll receive updates about when all application openings and deadlines are happening!
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, sponsorships, online presence and other local activities.
Meet The Directors
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.
In 2008 Kristen began working with Urban Craft Uprising as the Director of PR and Marketing. In 2010 she took over the role of Sponsorship Coordinator, and in early 2011 she became the President.
Crafting and the world of craft is very near and dear to her heart. She has been a crafter since she can remember and started her first “crafting business” (where she can remember actually making money) in the summer after 5th grade. She considers herself an omincrafter as she enjoys all kinds of mediums. When she’s not working she’s probably reading a book. She is so happy to be apart of the craft community and sees her life and work as one-in-the-same.
Lindsey Ross began working with the Urban Craft Uprising as President in the summer of 2006, right before UCU’s first show at the Seattle Center. In the summer of 2008, she stepped down from this role, taking on her current position as the Chief Financial Officer and Director of Operations for the biannual show.
She is also the proud owner of Yarnia, a custom yarn shop in Portland, Oregon. After eight years of fervent knitting, she decided to open this one-of-a-kind yarn shop in Southeast Portland, as a creative and affordable way for knitters, crocheters, and weavers to achieve exactly the yarn they want for a project.
The fusion of crafting, getting to work with creative people, and getting to run not one but two unique local businesses is pretty much all she could ask for. Living in Portland, she spends her free time biking, thrift shopping, crocheting, running in the rain, enjoying local microbrews with friends, camping, weaving, trying to keep up on her food blog, experimenting with fermentation in all its forms, knitting, and taking a minute to appreciate a really good cup of coffee.
Moxie is an artist, fiber pusher, and human being. She enjoys conceptual art, hi-jinx and/or shenanigans, and making wool do impossible things.
With obsessive attention to detail and a rare talent for interpersonal communication, Moxie was President and Director of Vendor Relations for Urban Craft Uprising for three years. In 2010, she decided to dedicate more of her time to her art, but continues on with UCU as Director of Smart-Aleck Remarks, and our much loved consigliere.
Needle felting is Moxie’s primary medium and it’s pretty much all she ever wants to do. Her art has been shown in several books as well as galleries in Seattle, New York, Los Angeles and more. Moxie spent 2012 creating her first large all-wool installation for the Bellevue Arts Museum. She’s very proud, and still very tired.
Moxie’s book, I Felt Awesome, was published by f+w in 2010. In addition to her book and her online tutorials, she’s taught thousands of people to needle felt in dozens of settings, including the Frye Art Museum, The Exploratorium in San Francisco, and the Maker Faire Bay Area. She also runs her own small business, Hi-Fiber Kits, bringing felting and spinning supplies to the people.
Moxie spends what free time she has not cleaning up after herself and writing quirky paragraphs about herself in the third person. She lives in Seattle with her unbelievably patient husband and the two best cats in the known universe.
Past Show Posters
What people are saying about the Urban Craft Uprising…
“So much cute stuff! I wanted to buy it all! These are items that you will NEVER see in stores… unless it’s a little boutique shop.. maybe. They are creative, Read More…
From our past vendors…
UCU does an amazing job of making volunteer help available throughout the show. This is hugely helpful and unheard of at other shows. Thank you! – Jaime S., Portland, OR