Fueled by the passion for learning, sharing, and creating.
This is the foundation of WeMake.

We are a local, non-profit 501C that helps to foster art and design in Portland, Oregon's creative community through hands-on experiences, creative dialogue, and design-in-action initiatives. All of our events are focused on the process of making and the spirit of community.


Mary Kate McDevitt sXc

Mary Kate McDevitt sXc


sketchXchange is a night of inspiration and drawing. It’s a chance to peek into the sketchbooks of some of our favorite illustrators and learn about their process.

Grove Bamboo Workshop

Grove Bamboo Workshop


We coordinate discovery workshops within Portland’s craftsmen community. If you're interested in collaborating with us, or have an idea for a workshop, drop us a line.

WeMake Celebrates 2014

WeMake Celebrates 2014

design in action

We like to give back. In the last three years, with the help of the Portland community we have donated over $30,000 to arts and music education.



RILLA ALEXANDER is an Australian illustrator and designer whose cast of characters dances across Museo del Prado's ceramics, populates Swiss Credit Cards and sleeps on the walls of a Copenhagen hotel.

Whether it’s a character drawn all the time or a sketchbook of doodles and ideas, this workshop is designed to put them through their paces and push, pull and squish them into and out of shape. It will discuss what makes a good character and focus on posing, expression and story. Attendees will get to know their characters better, and will learn to become more flexible and dynamic.

DATE: Saturday, April 11th
TIME: 10 AM–2 PM

COST: $40
PLACE: Tillamook Station
665 N Tillamook Street, 97227



We are excited to announce this year for WeMake Celebrates we are holding a 2 day conference with a line-up of incredible speakers talking about the process of making. SAVE THE DATES-October 2nd-3rd, 2015.

Recap SXC with RYAN Bubnis


We had the pleasure of hosting Ryan Bubnis for our March sketchXchange, so much fun and drawing!


The WeMake Magazine

Each quarter contains exclusive interviews, news & events, student spotlights, and event recaps.


For Your Digital Collection

Grab a copy of our free digital magazines for the iPad.
Each issue contains exclusive interviews and videos.


Proudly sponsoring WeMake by supporting the process of making and the spirit of community.