Crafting: Anyone. Anytime. Anywhere.
At Urban Craft Collective we are crazy about crafting. No longer relegated to back rooms and lonely Friday nights, crafting is cool again! Embrace your inner creative, and take your craftiness public.
Whatever your guilty pleasure, be it knitting, sewing, embroidery or even glitter paints and rhinestones, be proud of your crafty skills and don’t be shy to show them off!
Even more than that, we believe crafting is a community activity. By crafting in pubs, cafes, and on our commutes, we can spread the crafting bug AND have more creative time in our busy lives.
Think of the last time you saw someone knitting? Who was it and where was it? Was it an elderly lady at the bus stop or a teenager at Sydney Opera House (which Liz saw a few weeks ago!). Perhaps it was a knitting group at your local pub or maybe it was your mother or grandmother accompanied by a nice cup of tea and the early evening news.
Urban Craft Collective is about challenging the stereotypical image of a “crafter” as a middle aged woman wearing a twin set and pearls, sitting at home with her needlepoint. It seems we’ve lost respect for traditional skills such as knitting and sewing? How did we get to a point where a whole generation – if not two– does not have the skills to sew on a button, hem a pair of trousers or knit a scarf?
Join us on our mission to show the world that crafting is cool again!
History of Urban Craft Collective
UCC was started one evening while on holiday in Queensland Australia, by Amanda & Liz. Initially all we had in common were our partners but we soon discovered a shared passion for all things crafty and despite our difference in competence and interest (Amanda, expert knitter and all round hand made guru. Liz, knitting and crochet novice as well as jewellery maker), we discovered that what was lacking for young crafters like us in our late twenties/early thirties, was a place to talk about our crafts with other likeminded people, a place to learn new skills and consolidate our existing ones.
About the Founders
Amanda is an American living in London. She loves crafting, creativity, cooking, technology, beauty products, and travel. As a child, she was always writing & directing movies with her friends, sewing potato-sack-like dresses (which she proudly wore to school), experimenting in the kitchen (one memorable experiment involved exploding a bottle of homemade soda) and exploring the nearby woods. When not crafting, Amanda can be found in the kitchen working on her other project, Vintage Savoir Faire.
Liz is British ex-pat living in Sydney (is there something about crafting that makes you want to leave your home country???) and is relatively new to the world of crafting. Despite having learnt those skills as a child (thanks Mum), until recently Liz’s interest in crafts was pretty well non-existent until one day she decided to re-learn how to knit. Since then, there has been no stopping her and Liz has learnt to crochet, knit, sew and make beautiful beaded jewelery.