Monday, April 25, 2011

New website! Have you seen it?! +Chance to win a 3-day pass to School House Craft!

We are so excited to announce the launch of UCU's new web site! We totally love it, and hope that you do too. We've implemented a bunch of new features to make it easier for you to navigate, such as:

* Separate FAQs for vendors and attendees
* Drop-down list of vendors from all our recent shows
* At-a-glance important dates for apps, deadlines, and shows
* Fun press links so you can see what all the talk's about
* Our blog, integrated directly into the site

To celebrate the launch of our new site and to say THANK YOU for supporting UCU and continuing to help make it awesome, we are offering a chance to win a three day pass to School House Craft!

School House Craft is a dynamic new three day conference for people wanting to gain the skills to run a successful creative small business. Are you considering staring your own business or do you already own your own business that focuses on craft, art or design? Do you have a shop on etsy, sell to shops and galleries, sell at craft fairs or want to start a new venture turning your passion into a business? If the answer is yes this is the conference for you!-The School House Craft Website

For your chance to win, leave a comment on our NEW blog post about this, letting us know why you'd be psyched to attend the conference. We will be choosing a winner at random on May 4th!

Don't forget to check out all the other awesome new site features while you're there!

Thanks to all that came out to UCU's happy hour! Great fun was had by all!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Save the date: A night out with UCU!

Come one, come all!
Mark your calendars for Sunday April 17th as we celebrate a night out with UCU!

Do you have a burning question about how UCU works? What it's all about? What you need to do to become a vendor with us? Or maybe you just want to see the fabulous people behind it all? Well, you’re not alone! Come join us for a night out with the UCU team!

We're hosting a happy hour at the beautiful Columbia City Theater on April 17th from 5:00 to 8:00pm. The UCU team will be on hand to meet all you lovely crafters and UCU fans for this open session of questions, networking and more!

RSVP here and submit your questions ahead of time to our intern Michaela.

he Columbia City Theater is located at:
4916 Rainier Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98118

Also, we will be doing some great giveaways! Ooo La la! Be sure to bring business/contact cards to enter!

Hope to see you there!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Welcome Michaela, our new intern!

Hi Friends! I would love to introduce our new friend/intern, Michaela! She's awesome and we are so excited that she has joined our UCU team! We wanted to introduce her by doing a little interview...

UCU- How about you tell us a little bit about yourself. Day job? Why you decided to intern for us?
M- Hi everyone! I'm Michaela (pronounced makayla) and I'm very excited to be here as Urban Craft Uprisings' new intern! By day I manage an office in Seattle and by night-when I'm not doting on my pup Rosie- I'm crafting away on some project or another. I decided to intern for UCU after attending a few shows and helping to poster for the Winter 2010 show. I love crafting and I loved all the energy at the shows and really wanted to get more involved. Plus hey- it's just plain awesome!!

UCU- What is your favorite craft?
M- Favorite craft? That's a tough one! I love being creative and trying crafts of all kind but I would definitely say photography and creating miniature things with Sculpey clay have been with me since I was just a wee child crafter. But if we've met recently at a show-or you've seen me around- it's most likely been with my camera, snapping away. I may even have some pictures of you and/or your lovely work!

UCU- What are you most excited for in this new position?
M- I'm so excited to be a part of this fabulous and creative team! I can't wait to get more involved in the local crafting community and also excited to meet new artists and art lovers!

Cheers to a fabulous and artful year!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Calling All Artists- Vancouver

Call for Artisans: Vancouver One of a Kind
Deadline: May 2nd, 2011

The One of a Kind Show Vancouver is back for its fourth exciting year December 8 - 11, 2011. Don't miss your opportunity to be a part of the One of a Kind Show & Sale Vancouver at the New Vancouver Convention Centre. One of a Kind Show Vancouver is a shopping destination like no other; with fashion shows, contests, and of course some of North America’s finest artists and artisans!

How to Apply:

The Vancouver One of a Kind show is accepting applicants now. With scholarship programs, student support and the new Booth Buddy programs (where artists can share booths) the show has more support for artists than ever before.

Apply now! The One of a Kind Show Vancouver will be accepting applications until May 2nd. For more information: Visit or email

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Instructor: Michael Cepress
Holding a BA in Art from the University of Wisconsin and an MFA in Fibers from the University of Washington, Cepress has worked professionally as a designer and educator for 10 years. An intense interest in the male wardrobe and tailoring traditions has led Cepress to focus on the design and production of menswear and theatrical costume, and he has written on clothing’s relationship to gender and popular culture. Cepress is a 3-time nominee for the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Art Award, and is seeing attention worldwide. Reaching beyond the bounds of fashion, Cepress’ work has traveled
internationally as part of art and fashion exhibitions in London, Athens, Luxembourg and Antwerp. He has worked as costume designer for productions with director Robert Wilson, and his costumes and fashion collections continue to see attention with publication in FiberArts, DANCE Magazine, Seattle Magazine, Seattle Metropolitan and multiple books on the subject of wearable art.

Saturday February 19, 2011 - 10:00am - 6:00pm
Sunday February 20, 2011 - 10:00am – 6:00pm

815 Airport Way South, Seattle WA 98134
Workshop is limited to 12 students assuring ample workspace and time with instructor.

All materials and basic tools needed to complete the workshop will be provided
including various drawing papers, pencils, charcoal, conte crayon, erasers, masking
tape, collage materials, glue, etc for students to work with.
*Students are encouraged to bring their own portable art supplies to ensure you have
a comfortable range of tools to work with including scissors, X-acto knives,
sharpeners, specialty drawing tools, rulers, and other personal tools or supplies you
LUNCH IS PROVIDED : Please indicate your preference below.
-Water, coffee and tea will also be available to students throughout the workshop.
-Make checks payable to Michael Cepress Design
-VISA/Mastercard - by phone. Call Michael Cepress Design at 206.334.7602
-15% Student Discount is available to full-time students only (TOTAL: $153)
Payment is non-refundable and confirms your enrollment in this course.
All payments and requests for enrollment must be received by Thurs. Feb 17, 2011.
A receipt for your payment will be mailed to you directly.
QUESTIONS? Contact Michael Cepress at or 206.334.7602

Friday, December 3, 2010

Glam Garb Interview

As UCU is gearing up to kick off our winter show tomorrow, we want to introduce you to Gunlis of Glam Garb. Gunlis grew up in Sweden and was inspired by her mother. She uses only recycled materials for her embellishments and hand dyes vintage clothing to create her timeless designs.


UCU: Pick a song that gets you in creative mood or you think would make a great addition to a "UCU Winter 2010 Soundtrack.
Glam Garb:
Robyn, "Fembot", from the album Body Talk.

UCU: What’s one thing you wish you had known at your first craft show?
Wish I would have had a Facebook fan page. You are welcome to join!

UCU: If you have pets, introduce them and tell us a bit about them!
Lana is a Norwegian Forest cat and she adopted us 3 years ago. She was a wild one when she started to hang with us. Now she is sleeping on my pillow every night.


UCU: What item are you most excited to be offering at UCU Winter 2010?
I designed a new cocktail dress for the Holidays. Also, this season I have embellished with tulle and ribbons on bloomers, slip skirts and slip dresses.

UCU: What day of show traditions are you bringing to UCU 2010?
Welcome my customers with Holiday Winter greetings and share the joy I feel being part of this fabulous community of handcrafters.

UCU: If you could sum up your work in one word, what would that be?


UCU: What gift are you most excited to give this year?
My first three customers will receive a Glam Garb Holiday secret gift.

UCU: What are you nibbling on as the snow falls this winter?
Raspberry yogurt covered pretzels.

UCU: Favorite handmade item you have? It could be made by you, gifted to you or something you picked up.
Glam Garb Bloomers to wear for warmth under my skirt and dress or as my favorite jammies


Giveaway Winners -- Round 2!!!

Congrats to round 2 winners, chosen via comment number with Please visit us at the UCU booth to claim your prize THIS WEEKEND!

-Ladies & Gentlemen Studios Daily Affirmation Mirror: Maitreya Comment #12
-Tender Loving Empire Friends & Friends of Friends Comp, VOL. 3 : kitschfruit (Jessica) Comment #10
-Devout Dolls Chirpy Birdy Doll: Lindaci Comment #30
-Fable & Fury (stag, ravens, leaves) necklace: Jessica Comment #49
-Amanda Fiebing 3 mini garland set: Amanda Lyn Comment #4
-Belle Epoch 3 little birds necklace: Kelly Campbell Comment #31
-Victory Garden Yarn Skipjack Cowl: population one comment #8
-Liz, Blue Diamond Stamps tree stamp: Meredith comment #28
-La Ru Skull necklace: Katie comment #9
-Slow Loris Shirts custom shirt: Sarah comment #18
-Crystalyn Kae tweed Matinee in green: Callista comment #31
-Karen Thurman felt ball ornament: Koloud 'Kay' Tarapolsi Comment #8
-Ugly Baby 1 in. shower art and 12 postcards: Aubrey Comment #12
-Jill Bliss two eco journals: Bee comment #28
-Shelly Etc small journal: kjt comment #6
-Queen Bee Penelope Bag: Hutch comment #4
-Ricicli Clothing Animal print wrap/leggings: Samantha Comment #19