Behind the Scenes—WeMake Celebrates 2016, Process is Golden

Every attendee received this golden pin attached to their conference badge. Type design: Mark Caneso

Every attendee received this golden pin attached to their conference badge. Type design: Mark Caneso

Making requires a process. A commitment to the art is a journey, a rhythmic dance that plays out over time. Sometimes you need a friend to help take you there. Sometimes you have to take risks and walk on the wild side. It’s the steady pulse of the beat that pushes you towards the end result, and the golden process that transforms thoughtful movements to create a final score. 

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. Putting on a conference is not only an adrenaline high, but also a journey that begins with commitment, strategy, and a lot of elbow grease. WeMake Celebrates has always been a big celebration of our work and our community. It's a platform to fundraise for arts education and to keep us sustainable. We couldn't do it without the support of so many people and the community of awesome collaborators! 


Just getting started. Thanks to all the volunteers for making it look good inside!

Just getting started. Thanks to all the volunteers for making it look good inside!

This year's theme, Process is Golden reminded us to keep it old school, and to always remember to take the necessary steps towards the end goal. Because it is about the journey, and the journey can be messy, it can be frustrating, and testing. But it's also the place where we can discover different ways of thinking, new ways of making, and be delighted by the simplest moments and outcomes. For those of you who attended, we thank you for your support and we hope you left feeling as inspired as we did. 

Lisa Congdon, our Emcee preparing notes back stage.

Lisa Congdon, our Emcee preparing notes back stage.


As mentioned before, there are a lot of moving pieces and people behind the scenes that helped to make this year a success and a day full of inspiration. I want to thank these amazing makers for making it happen, and for celebrating Portland's creative community with us. 

The WeMake Crew: Alise Munson, Clay Walsh, Amy Frazer, Celestia Grace, Megan Gex, Susie Morris, Daniel Cole, and Andrew Eastman. A special thank you to all of the volunteers who helped day of too!

Our Emcee: Lisa Congdon

All the folks who helped us Play in the Mezzanine: 
The Artists Drawing Booth— Kinoko EvansAlex Despain, Maggie WauklynNicole AndrijauskasDominic Devenuta, Adrienne VitaViolet ReedGuy BurwellKaralie Juraska, and Amy Kuttab

Interactive fun with: Mike Orhan Silkscreening, Jeremy Pair Photography, and Instrument

The Event Logo Type: Mark Caneso


The Graphics: The Study crew who designed all of the event graphics, and videos for social media.

Our recycled pencil cases!: Jessica Caldwell of Make/Mend

Our Sponsors: Adobe, Weiden+Kennedy, The Study, Swift CollectiveCreative CircleScout BooksSokol Blosser, and Widmer Brothers

Our in-kind sponsors that hooked us up with swag and other elements: AxiomAlexandria Cummings CeramicsKINDKirikoNorth DrinkwareOmero CellarsPortland Monthly MagazineRed BullTanner Goods, West Coast Papers, Mohawk Papers, and The Goodwell Company.


Swag bag love for our speakers!

Swag bag love for our speakers!

We hope to see you all next year for another amazing day where we play, learn, and make. Be sure to check out the formal recap coming soon!

Stay Golden Maker!
Yvonne