Thanks for a remarkable year! 2014 marked Urban Air Market’s 10th anniversary. We showcased the work over 600 artists, designers, and makers this year and connected these small businesses with their favorite customers. Here are some of the behind-the-scenes happenings from 2014:
We had our first Urban Air Market in Portland, Oregon. It’s been a longtime goal of mine to expand into green cities outside of the San Francisco Bay Area and it was a real pleasure to connect with the Portland maker community. I loved seeing some of our San Francisco designers show their work in Portland for the first time and welcoming Portland designers to San Francisco for their first Bay Area market.
We formed our first Advisory Committee. I bet you didn’t know that this year I was receiving magical advice from the wind beneath my wings–Rebecca Sako, Tricia Choi, Lorraine Sanders, Jonathan Warner, Michelle Salta, Kristen Philipkoski, Lily Ko, and Sarah Filley.
If you’ve never had advisors before, I highly recommend it. It’s like being an eccentric super hero and putting together a customized team of martial arts and weapons experts. I can’t wait to see who will join the advisory committee in 2015.
We hosted San Francisco’s first Fashion Revolution Day to remember the victims of the Bangladesh garment factory disaster that killed 1,113 workers. In April we teamed up with 60 countries around the world to help promote awareness and positive change in the fashion industry by asking the question: Who Made Your Clothes?
If you didn’t get a chance to watch the video, please watch it HERE.
We expanded our team to work with some really awesome ladies. I hope you had a chance to meet Dawndae Hamilton, our Portland Event Director. She was responsible for curating the local designers and musicians. If you didn’t get a chance to meet her, you can learn more at her creative coaching site HERE. We also started working with a new PR Director, Andrea Plell, whose mission of working with sustainable businesses magnetized us to each other. To learn more about Andrea’s ethical fashion PR work, please visit her site HERE.
We lost two dear collaborators. Our friend George Schnakenberg III, a multi-talented designer who showed his solar powered electric bicycles with us at Urban Air Market in Hayes Valley, and our friend Shell Thomas, who co-hosted our first night market in Fern Alley as part of the Lower Polk Art Walk, both passed away unexpectedly this year.
All I can say is I miss you guys. Thank you for what you’ve shown me and for everything you’ve done for our city. The art and design community will not be the same without you.