Seattle craft show to land in Edmonds

Urban Craft Uprising president brings show to her new hometown
By Brian Soergel | Apr 20, 2018

Kristen Rask, president of Urban Craft Uprising, an organization that puts on more than 20 craft shows a year in the greater Seattle area, has decided to bring a show to Edmonds.

There’s a good reason for that. Rask recently settled in town.

“I’ve fallen in love with Edmonds,” she said. “Me and my business partner decided it would be fun to bring an event to this unique town. We’ve heard so many good things from our vendors who have participated in the Saturday market or other events in and around Edmonds. We have also heard feedback from our fans that there is demand for us to come to the north end to serve those who don't make the trek down to Seattle too often.”

Edmonds Spring Fest is 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at Civic Field. Admission is free.

Vendors can apply by filling out an application available at the website.

“We will have everything from jewelry, toys, clothing, food and more,” Rask said. “More than 100 vendors will be coming from all over the Pacific Northwest for this one-day event.”

Urban Craft Uprising puts on four of its own events a year and works with other groups to help organize their own. They include the Magnolia Summerfest, Seattle Street Food Festival and First Thursday at Occidental Park with the Downtown Seattle Association, as well as a few at Amazon headquarters.

“Because I now live here, I guess I have an added investment in Edmonds and thought it would be fun to bring a different type of event here,” Rask said.

“As Seattle's traffic and parking becomes harder, we wanted to provide an event our northender fans would enjoy that doesn't provide those kinds of issues. I also think the Edmonds community supports local events, independent businesses and art, so I think Edmonds will really enjoy what we do.”

Rask said her vendors are all passionate.

“The stories behind the work is so interesting and inspiring, which is why shopping handmade is so great,” she said. “I feel like we work with all kinds of vendors, from those who have become million-dollar businesses to people who have been working on their craft for many years while also holding down a full-time job but dreaming of turning their small business into a full-time job.”

Rask said she enjoys speaking with vendors to discover how they started.

“I think it's also really inspiring for buyers young and old. I have heard from many vendors how they got really inspired to start a business after attending a show, and it's really the best compliment ever. If we can at least inspire people to tap into their creative side more, that's awesome.”

Urban Craft Uprising will select vendors.

“Our criteria is based on many different things, and often curated to the location where we are going to be,” Rask said. “So, for instance, having good price points for younger people was something we thought of a bit more for Edmonds, and having all types of work for the diverse demographic Edmonds has.”

It’s no accident that the Edmonds craft fair is the day before Mother’s Day.

“We will have great gifts for everyone, including great gifts for the moms out there,” Rask said. “We will also have some of the March for Our Lives Seattle branch organizers come to encourage kids to register to vote, and we are working with some of the shops in town to do a buy-back program.”

Those who shop with a vendor at our show will receive a card that lists participating shops in Edmonds giving discounts for those who shopped at the Edmonds Spring Fest.

Said Rask: “We hope we bring new people to town to explore more of Edmonds and all that it has to offer.”

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