DAY 1 / FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14TH
Gather for a full day of creative dialogue with a diverse panel of makers, designers, and illustrators. WeMake Celebrates sets the stage with local, national, and international design thinkers to talk about process and what inspires creativity.
KEYNOTE / JEAN JULLIEN
Immediately following last November’s terrorist attack in Paris, Jean posted a powerful image on Instagram of a peace symbol made with the Eiffel Tower. The world spread the image as a form of solidarity. Before this quick burst of social media fame, Jean’s character-driven illustrations were already well-known with an instantly recognizable signature style seen on the cover of Juxtapoz, in The Guardian, and in The New York Times.
Originally from Nantes, Jean studied at Central Saint Martins and later at the Royal College of Art. He now resides and works in East London, his practice ranges from illustration to photography, video, costumes, installations, books, posters and clothing to create a coherent yet eclectic body of work.
KEYNOTE / LOTTA NIEMINEN
From Finland to Japan to New York, Lotta is changing the design world quickly and colorfully. Her charming illustrations and designs have graced the pages of New York Magazine, Vanity Fair, Le Monde and the children’s book Walk This World. Her work appears everywhere – on Finnish home goods, window displays for Hermès and Marimekko and Google’s new calendar app. In 2014, Lotta was nominated for Forbes Magazine’s annual 30 Under 30 list in the Art & Style category, which is just one on a long list of honors her playful, unique style has earned.
KEYNOTE / ANDY BEST
Andy is a nomad who is capturing the beauty of the natural world to share with the settled. He takes his cameras, his dog and his camper to remote forests, snow-covered peaks and seemingly-empty deserts. He has captured the Northern Lights dancing in over Iceland’s tundra, the blue eyes of a sled dog in the Yukon and most of the West’s iconic vistas includingThe Seven Wonders of Oregon. His client list includes: Toyota, Sony, The North Face, Outside Magazine, Columbia Sportswear, Nike, Keen, Adidas and more.
Andy’s manifesto “Work hard and love others” echoes in his work, lifestyle and passion.
KEYNOTE / BOWEN AMES
Bowen Ames lives and works; the specifics are kaleidoscopic. Independently he is a multi-faceted designer working in multiple mediums from product design to social engagement. His career began as an Exhibition Technician at The Guggenheim Museum. Simultaneously, he founded and served as creative director of a contemporary artist residency program on a sustainable farm in Upstate New York. After moving to Portland in 2008, he shifted from fine art to design. In Portland he specialized in the art direction of photographic and filmic content for brands, publications, advertisers, and record labels. His commercial clients include Google, Microsoft, HP, Nau, Nike, Adidas, Yves Saint Laurent, Atlantic Records, Subpop Records, Travel Portland, Travel Oregon, and many more. Alongside his work as an art director, Bowen rigorously peruses creative research and self-teaching with independent projects ranging from capsule fashion and accessory lines, adventure photography, creative writing, and publication design.
Most recently: after completing a contract as a lead creative and photographic art director for Google Brand Studios, Bowen left Portland for a full time position with Amazon as Art Director of Device Engagement. In this work he leads the concept and design for social media and consumer engagement. Bowen is the recipient of an Effie Award for excellence in advertising and was recently tapped by The White House to serve as a technology and innovation advisor specializing in small business development and entrepreneurship.
KEYNOTE / BIBI MCGILL
Bibi McGill developed her aggressive, funky, soulful style early on in her musical career. Her remarkable talent and hard work has taken her to perform on stages with Pink, Paulina Rubio & La Ley, and eventually Queen B. For more than 10 years, Bibi has been Beyoncé's lead guitarist and musical director and has often been called “the female Jimi Hendrix.” She has played at the White House twice and in more than 100 countries. For the past several years she has developed her sound as a producer & DJ. Bibi’s style is ferocious, melodic and undeniable.
But that’s just one facet of Bibi. She’s also a world-renowned yoga instructor who teaches classes and workshops at studios and festivals around the globe.
KEYNOTE / BRITT HOWARD
Britt Howard is the owner and founder of the Portland Garment Factory (PGF), a full service design+build garment and soft goods manufacturing house. She is driven by creative curiosity and a love for collaboration. As an artist, mother, activist, and business owner, Britt works passionately on projects and initiatives to improve the community and planet. Like PGF, Britt is feminine, gritty, and innovative.
In 2008, Britt recognized a need within the Portland design community for a local clothing manufacturer. Always with a strong vision of the future, Britt named her new business Portland Garment Factory, although at the time the “factory” consisted of three sewing machines in a small studio. Eight years later, PGF is now a full-scale prototyping and creative partner, working on and with diverse range of clients including: the American Cancer Association, Pendleton Wool, the Portland Mayor’s Office, Old Spice, Michael Jordan and more. Whatever the challenge, Britt leads with compassion, energy, and humor, instilling feminist and sustainable business practices within all aspects of PGF.