Alternative crafts fair Urban Craft Uprising: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. today and Sunday, Seattle Exhibition Hall at Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St...
When most people think of crafts, they think of knitted toaster cozies and scrapbooking suburban mothers. It’s time for an attitude change.
This weekend, a group of local indie crafters is presenting its second annual craft bazaar, Urban Craft Uprising. With more than 115 vendors, a funky fashion show featuring locally made clothing and a mix of indie music blasting over the PA system, these crafters are anything but staid.
Most vendors reflect the eco-friendly and socially aware ethos of their DIY Gen-Y and Gen-X culture. A number of crafts — like umbrellas constructed from plastic garbage bags — use recycled or “found” materials. Other vendors promote social causes by hand-stitching slogans on purses and T-shirts, or by donating their proceeds to charity.
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Alternative crafts fair
Urban Craft Uprising: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. today and Sunday, Seattle Exhibition Hall at Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St., Seattle; free admission. First 100 guests on both days receive swag bags. Fashion show at 2:30 p.m. today. Bring cash.
The mostly local crop of artists was hand-picked by the organizers, based on the quality, diversity and eccentricity of their work. Crafts will range from the utilitarian (padded, hand-stitched laptop cases: $84-$94 by Snap Design) to the whimsical (glitter-infused sterling silver rings: $30 by Glamscience).
Organizers timed the two-day bazaar to snag holiday shoppers intimidated by (or averse to) pawing through generic gifts at the mall. A rock ‘n’ roll kitchen clock made out of “recontextualized” records (Belly Egg) is a perfectly original gift for the man in your life who still whistles “Born to be Wild” while unloading the dishwasher; a hand-sewn baby- changing mat ($36 by ida j designs) is great for the mod mama on your list. For the gift you won’t give to your sweetheart on Christmas morning with the whole family looking on, take a look at the fantastically silly handmade lingerie (faux-fur-lined pasties: $25 by Tastie Pasties).
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