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.


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. Meet our latest guest.

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

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 over $36,000 to arts and music education.

Hand Lettering Workshop with BT Livermore

Workshop attendees will learn the basics of letter construction and creation, and some more intermediate skills in decorative lettering too. Various tools will be discussed and demonstrated, including nibs, brushes, as well as some alternative mark making tools. Attendees should expect to make a completed lettering design of a favorite word or short phrase, and to leave the workshop with a good knowledge of how to continue practicing their letter making into the future.

Tillamook Station
Saturday, June 11th


Design Week Portland: A special sketchXchange with Josh Higgins, moderated by Aaron Draplin

WeMake presented sketchXchange with creative director, typographer, and designer Josh Higgins. Josh showed a multitude of original silkscreen art, talked about what it was like working with President Obama, and how he leads the brand team of Facebook. The conversation was moderated by friend and local favorite Aaron Draplin. A recap is coming soon.

A Design Conference
about the Process of Making

WeMake Celebrates design-in-action with our second annual design conference on the process of making and two days of creative dialogue with inspiring design thinkers known locally, nationally, and internationally.

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