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

We are a local, non-profit 501 C(3)  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.


Nikki McClure with Mary Kate McDevit

Nikki McClure with Mary Kate McDevit


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. Meet our latest guest.

Hand Lettering with BT Livermore

Hand Lettering with BT Livermore


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

WeMake Celebrates

design in action

We like to give back. In the last three years, with the help of the Portland community we have donated more than $50,000 to arts and music education.

A Special Design Week Portland sketchXchange with the award winning illustrator, designer, and rebel Tuesday Bassen.

The talk will be moderated by local illustrator and fine artist Lisa Congdon, and will take place at The Portland Art Museum.

TUESDAY EVENING , April  25th from  7-9PM


Pin That Shit! A Creative Affair to Show Off Your Flair

WeMake is seeking artists, designers, and makers of all sorts to share your flair. Join artists like, Dan Christofferson Adam KurtzEmily McDowell, and Tuesday Bassen in a fun filled evening and gallery show to raise money for arts education.

“Pin That Shit” — A creative affair to show off your flair. The curated show will feature local, national, and international makers.

sXc with Brett Stenson

Kicking off the first sketchXchange is letterer and designer Brett Stenson. Brett is currently the art director at Jolby & Friends. He's got a passion for motorcycles, games and letters. We're super excited to have friend Adam Garcia as the moderator for the event, too.

When: 6-9PM
Where: Tillamook Station
Cost: Suggested $5 donation


Looking for something special for the maker (or two) in your house? We've got a few things that are truly Portland, and perfect for any creative.

Buy something, do good, give back.

All purchases go towards funding programming and to help us stay sustainable!

  • Our new Pencil Cases are made from recycled 2015 conference bags. They're perfect for pencils, pens, make-up or anything, they're that versatile!
  • The Process is Golden Pin, is a beautiful gold cast hard enamel pin designed for this years conference by type designer & letterer Mark Caneso.
  • Our Maker Patch is one-of-a-kind, bold, and makes a statement anytime.
  • Collectable Field Notes! Letterpressed for our sketchXchange with Josh Higgins that was moderated by Aaron Draplin. You won't find these anywhere else!

Behind the scenes—
2016 WeMake Celebrates 

We're still coming down from last Friday's conference WeMake Celebrates— a gathering of creative makers whose stories of process unfolded on the stage throughout the day. For us it was huge process to get there, and worth every minute.



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