Thanks for helping us take flight!

Back in November we started talking about all the things we love to do and why we love them. We thought how cool would it be to get together with a group of people to learn about making stuff, make stuff, and make an impact with stuff we made. There was just four of us in the beginning, myself, Lizy Gershenzon, Scott Baker and Darren Cools. While we formulated our approach, three attributes guided our direction: passion, process, and the spirit of community. With this focus, WeMake took flight—and we’ve been soaring since then, thanks to you.

We are happy to say that with this grass roots approach, the community has really embraced WeMake. After launching our first sketchXchange, we were fortunate to have some amazing new team members join our mission. Paul Searle came onboard to shoot video, Ethan Allen Smith to take photographs, Tiffany Jennings Ross as an organizer and PR rep, and Jessica Caldwell as a writer and workshop coordinator. We have hosted 7 sketchXchanges with our 8th featuring Draplin (happening next week), 3 discovery workshops (+ 1 in Nov.), and lastly, one design in action initiative—Put A Bird In It.

So why Put A Bird In It?

Passion, process, community, and to collectively influence social change by supporting a cause that benefits something close to our hearts.

Starting this week, all 96 houses will be installed at Union Pine

Get a sneak peek at them up close from 12-2pm, Tuesday through Thursday.

It’s time to party!

Friday, October 12th, at 7:30 the doors will open and the fun begin.

The auction will be divided into two closing times:

First round closing at 9:00pm

Second closing at 10:00pm

Throughout the night we will raffle off several houses and you will also have the opportunity to purchase with a BUY NOW feature.

Proceeds from this event will go to benefit arts and music education in our community’s underserved schools.

We hope to see you there!

This is your opportunity to own a unique one-of-a-kind piece of art. Some of the illustrators include: Mary Kate McDevitt,Amy Ruppel,Lisa Hildebrant and Yellena James, to name a few. Additionally Laika House, the makers of Coraline and ParaNorman, have stepped on board to create several haunted birdhouses, which could be yours by just purchasing some raffle tickets! 

But there’s more!

Light Troupe has crafted several digital experiences through the art of programming, and visuals graciously provided by Jolby and Friends. You can design your own virtual house, play with an interactive light wall, and take your photo in the digital Photo Booth. DJ Coast2c  will be playing beats all night long and she’s created a sampling of some of Portland music dating back to the jazz scene, sweet.

Food will be available from Koi Fusion and Voodoo Donuts and beer by Ninkasi

Of course, all of this would not be possible with out the help from our main sponsor Vitamin T and support from Union Pine.

Thanks to all of you who have made birdhouses, posted about the event, showcased the houses, and to those of you coming to the event. 

See you there!

Yvonne and The WeMake Team