Local Artists, Makers + Designers Considered for West Elm’s LOCAL Program through June 12
SALT LAKE CITY, June 8 – Craft Lake City is excited to announce that West Elm is sponsoring a showcase for Salt Lake City artisans. West Elm has been a long-time partner and sponsor of Craft Lake City’s annual DIY Festival, which this year is scheduled for Aug. 12-14. West Elm and Craft Lake City have worked together over the past four years to sponsor DIY workshops in the community. This showcase is another example of West Elm’s dedication to supporting local makers, a mission it shares with Craft Lake City.
WHAT: West Elm is calling all local makers + designers to submit their work for the retailer’s first ever LOCAL Showcase, an event that invites local makers + designers to share their stories and present their product to a local West Elm store. West Elm is interested in learning about goods made within the state that have a story about the place they’re from and the people who made them.
West Elm’s LOCAL Showcase product submissions can be in one or more of the following categories:
GIFTABLE: Paper goods, key chains, coasters, etc.
HOME TEXTILES: Napkins, pillows, etc.
KITCHEN GOODS: Ceramics, cutting boards, etc.
GARDEN: Planters, vases, etc.
PERSONAL CARE: Soaps, lotions, etc.
PERSONAL ITEMS: Wallets, totes, etc.
FURNITURE: Side tables, coffee tables, benches, etc.
DÉCOR: Art prints, hangings, ceramics, hooks, etc.
FOOD: Items with long shelf life (min. 6 months)
Interested local makers + designers are invited to submit a link to their work for consideration at westelmLOCALshowcase.eventbrite.com before June 12. Interested makers are also encouraged to follow West Elm City Creek Center on Facebook at www.facebook.com/westelmslc and Instagram: @westelmslc
WHEN: Submissions will be accepted online from June 2nd through June 12
WHERE: Submissions will be accepted online at westelmLOCALshowcase.eventbrite.com
WHO: Any Utah-based artist, maker + designer with a passion for their craft.
WHY: In 2013, West Elm started West Elm LOCAL in just two stores. Since then, the program has expanded to all 78 North American stores, bringing hand-picked, one-of-a-kind products to customers across the country. West Elm LOCAL now includes over 500 makers and over 4,500 unique products.
West Elm City Creek Center’s LOCAL assortment currently features 9 makers includingLight & Ink, The Land of Salt, and Sycamore Street Press.
About West Elm: West Elm helps customers express their personal style at home. Headquartered in Brooklyn, NY, the brand opened its first store in 2003 in DUMBO, the neighborhood it still proudly calls home. Everything West Elm does is designed to make an impact, from its commitment to Fair Trade Certified, local and handcrafted products to its community-driven in-store events and collaborations. Mixing clean lines, natural materials and handcrafted collections from the US and around the world, West Elm creates unique, affordable designs for modern living. The brand operates 87 retail stores in the United States, Australia, Canada and the UK, ships internationally to customers around the world and operates stores in Mexico, the Middle East and Philippines through unaffiliated franchisees. West Elm is part of an active community on Facebook, Instagram,Pinterest, Twitter and YouTube, and is a member of the Williams-Sonoma, Inc. portfolio of brands.
About Craft Lake City: We are a 501-c3 charitable organization. Our mission is to educate, promote and inspire local artisans while elevating the creative culture of the Utah arts community through science, technology and art. In an effort to keep the community active, educated and aware of local DIY culture, Craft Lake City hosts monthly workshops, gallery shows, fundraisers and an annual festival to promote regional spending with independent artisans and businesses. The 2016 DIY Festival will be held at the Gallivan Center, 239 S. Main Street, on Friday, Aug. 12 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 13 from noon to 10 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 14 from noon to 7 p.m.