A DESIGN CONFERENCE ABOUT THE PROCESS OF MAKING

This year we explore Experiments in Process.
Before there is ever success or failure, there are experiments.


FRIDAY, 13 OCTOBER / SATURDAY, 14 OCTOBER

WeMake Celebrates supports design-in-action with our third annual design conference on the process of making. Since 2011, we have showcased more than 600 makers and built a community to connect thousands of creative people.  Along the way, we have awarded more than $50,000 through WeMake Celebrates to fund arts and music education. 


6 KEYNOTES, 5X5, HANDS-ON MAKING +

Gather at THE ARMORY for a full day of creative dialogue with a diverse panel of makers. WeMake Celebrates brings together local, national, and international design thinkers to talk about process, what inspires creativity, and some of the failed experiments along the way.  

KELLI ANDERSON / Brooklyn Interaction Artist, Tinkerer

KELLI ANDERSON / Brooklyn
Interaction Artist, Tinkerer

CRAIG WINSLOW / Portland Experiential Designer

CRAIG WINSLOW / Portland
Experiential Designer

MANUJA WALDIA / India/Portland Illustrator, Graphic Designer

MANUJA WALDIA / India/Portland
Illustrator, Graphic Designer

ADAM J. KURTZ / Toronto/Brooklyn Designer, Artist, Author

ADAM J. KURTZ / Toronto/Brooklyn
Designer, Artist, Author

NICHOLAS MISANI/ Milan/NYC Graphic Designer, Letterer

NICHOLAS MISANI/ Milan/NYC
Graphic Designer, Letterer

LUKE CHOICE / Australia/LA Graphic Design, 3D Illustration

LUKE CHOICE / Australia/LA
Graphic Design, 3D Illustration

ASA BREE SIERACKI / Portland Nail Artist, Painter

ASA BREE SIERACKI / Portland
Nail Artist, Painter

IAN WILLIAMS / Portland Designer, Coffee Shop Owner

IAN WILLIAMS / Portland
Designer, Coffee Shop Owner

TYESHA SNOW / Portland Experience Design, Storytelling

TYESHA SNOW / Portland
Experience Design, Storytelling

SAUL KOLL / Portland Guitar Maker, Musician

SAUL KOLL / Portland
Guitar Maker, Musician

ANTHONY SCOTT / Portland Photographer, Enginenthusiast

ANTHONY SCOTT / Portland
Photographer, Enginenthusiast

B. FRAYN Masters / Portland Writer, Storyteller, Producer +

B. FRAYN Masters / Portland
Writer, Storyteller, Producer +

URAL THOMAS / Portland Musician, Storyteller

URAL THOMAS / Portland
Musician, Storyteller

ELLIE LUME / Portland Maker, Teacher

ELLIE LUME / Portland
Maker, Teacher

JOLBY & FRIENDS / Portland Co-Founders / Creative Directors

JOLBY & FRIENDS / Portland
Co-Founders / Creative Directors


DAY 2  WORKSHOPS / SATURDAY, 14 OCTOBER

The second day is packed with hands-on experiences. Check out the current workshops now!

*Separate tickets are required for workshops and space will be limited.

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DAY 1 KEYNOTES / FRIDAY, 13 OCTOBER

Experiment, fail, learn, repeat. 6 keynotes share their thoughts.

KELLI ANDERSON / Brooklyn Interaction Designer, Artist, Tinkerer

KELLI ANDERSON / Brooklyn
Interaction Designer, Artist, Tinkerer

KEYNOTE / KELLI ANDERSON

Kelli Anderson is an interaction designer interested in exposing invisible forces at play in the world to make unexpected things happen. This Fall, she will publish This Book is a Planetarium—a collection of functional popup contraptions—which includes a tiny paper planetarium, and explains how humble structures can perform extraordinary feats. Kelli is known for her design, animation, and illustration work for NPR, The New Yorker, Wired, MoMA and The New York Times—as well as her redesign of brands such as Russ & Daughters, Munchery and momofuku. Popular projects have included a paper record player wedding invitation, a book that becomes a pinhole camera when opened (This Book is a Camera) and Tinybop’s acclaimed Human Body app.

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NICHOLAS MISANI / Milan/NYC Graphic Designer, Letterer

NICHOLAS MISANI / Milan/NYC
Graphic Designer, Letterer

KEYNOTE / NICHOLAS MISANI

Formerly the senior designer at Louise Fili Ltd., Nick specializes in historically-inspired lettering and is fascinated by the convergence of traditional and contemporary forms. Born in Milan into a family of jewelry designers, he started his formal training studying architecture and industrial design. He was named an ADC Young Gun, and his design work has been featured in Print Magazine, Fast Company, The Dieline, The Type Director’s Club, Quipsologies/ UnderConsideration, Novum, and AIGA.  

His client work includes: Penguin Random House, Target, Hillary Clinton (at LFL), Abrams, BBDO, Salani Editore, Landor, the Pratt Institute, Pope Francis, and the Dalai Lama (both through Penguin Random House). Nicholas is also teaching a workshop on Day 2.

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ADAM J. KURTZ / Toronto/Brooklyn Designer, Artist, Author

ADAM J. KURTZ / Toronto/Brooklyn
Designer, Artist, Author

KEYNOTE / ADAM J. KURTZ

Adam J. Kurtz is a designer, artist and the author of “1 Page at a Time” and “Pick Me Up”, which have been translated into over a dozen languages. In addition to his “very personal” work, he’s collaborated with brands and cultural institutions like Urban Outfitters, the Brooklyn Public Library, Fishs Eddy and Strand Bookstore.

He also writes a Design*Sponge column, hosts a weird little Skillshare course, and speaks “candidly” to students and professionals about channeling emotion into original creative work. In 2016, he was named PRINT magazine 15 Under 30 new visual artists. Adam is originally from Toronto, but calls Brooklyn home.

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MANUJA WALDIA / India/Portland Illustrator, Graphic Designer

MANUJA WALDIA / India/Portland
Illustrator, Graphic Designer

KEYNOTE / MANUJA WALDIA

Manuja is a designer and artist who combines symbolism and storytelling through two unique styles of art. Her whimsical, painterly and playful work takes us on a magical journey of ethereal rituals, festivals and gatherings covering themes of feminism and friendships. In contrast to this is Manuja’s vector based illustrations—detailed and geometric, like her illustrations for the Penguin Classics Shakespeare series. Although aesthetically contrasting, there still remains a parallel between her two styles through narrative, composition and the symbolic nature of her work. She has been featured in Forbes, The Atlantic, PRINT, Fast Company, Creative Review, Wired, Illustration Age and more. She was also awarded a gold medal in the 2016 Society of Illustrators.

Manuja is from India, but will be transplanted to Portland this year. She lives with her cat Kitty Baby.

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CRAIG WINSLOW / Portland Experiential Designer

CRAIG WINSLOW / Portland
Experiential Designer

KEYNOTE / CRAIG WINSLOW

Craig is an experiential designer and Adobe Creative Resident who loves blending the physical and digital. Through the medium of projection mapping, Craig has spent the past several years building his own studio and creating interactive work for clients. His Kickstarter project, Projecting West, inspired his latest idea of recreating ghost signs across the world creating “Light Capsules” with historical references. The goal of the project is to draw attention to the lettering artists of the past and create various ways for people to interact with these pieces of visual history, in person and online.

Craig’s work has been featured in FastCo Design, Gizmodo, The Great Discontent, and more.

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LUKE CHOICE / Australia/Los Angeles Graphic Design, 3D Illustration

LUKE CHOICE / Australia/Los Angeles
Graphic Design, 3D Illustration

KEYNOTE / LUKE CHOICE

Luke Choice better known as Velvet Spectrum is an Australian graphic artist based in Los Angeles, specializing in typography and 3D illustration. Starting out his career designing for the music industry Luke has formed the base of his portfolio with a strong focus on dynamic color and composition.

After a number of years as Lead Designer at Vault49 in New York City, he has now set up his own creative studio working with clients including, Nike, Adidas, Google, Snapchat, Ray- Ban, Adobe and Perrier. 

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DAY 1 5x5/ FRIDAY, 13TH OCTOBER

5 minutes, 5 slides with local entrepreneurs rocking the creative scene.

ANTHONY SCOTT / Portland Photographer

ANTHONY SCOTT / Portland
Photographer

5X5 / ANTHONY SCOTT

“ It’s been a journey everyday. One that I have been enjoying every step of the way.” 

Anthony Scott started his creative journey on the day he decided to document his motorcycle projects. One project lead to another and slowly he came to the realization he needed to invest in a camera. Having had zero previous experience in photography he decided to shoot every thing he could with his Rebel T2i cross-hairs. Early on he utilized Instagram as a main source of sharing his work. After a while a community formed around his interests of cars and motorcycles. He sees his work with Enginethusiast and Supply and Denim as a way to express his artistic views, but also as a positive influence on his integration and mitigation of PTSD, a result of his time serving in the United States Air Force.

Enginethusiast
Supply & Denim


ASA BREE SIERACKI / Portland Nail Artist, Painter

ASA BREE SIERACKI / Portland
Nail Artist, Painter

5X5 / ASA BREE SIERACKI

Portland native Asa Bree Sieracki has always had a call for the wild creative. She started making jewelry and selling it online at the age of 14, and later worked as a make-up artist for MAC. Now her medium is of a smaller scale.

Asa is a nail art connoisseur at Fingerbang and she is in such high demand that many of her reservation books are closed. Elle Magazine named her a global influencer, and her work has been featured on MTV Australia, Nylon, Refinery29, and PopSugar. Her client list goes beyond her daily customers to include: Nike, Adidas, and Weiden + Kennedy. She is also a frequent contributor to industry standard magazines such as NailPro Magazine and Nails Magazine. When she is not painting small scale, she hand-paints leather jackets under the name Aces High Trading Company. Asa is also teaching a workshop on Day 2. Day 2.

Asa Bree
Aces High Trading Co.

 


IAN WILLIAMS / Portland Designer, Coffee & Galley Shop Owner

IAN WILLIAMS / Portland
Designer, Coffee & Galley Shop Owner

5X5 / IAN WILLIAMS

Ian Williams used to be a developer/engineer. He worked for Nike for nine years, first at the employee store, then as a temp making air bags. After a few months he wanted to see more so he took a job as a janitor on campus. Ian was a janitor there for three years, and it was also his introduction to the world of sneaker design.

“I got to know some people in pretty high places because I took out their trash”.  One day he boldly asked to design a package of sneakers based around the work he was doing there.  This culminated in the release of the Nike SB Wet Floor Dunk Hi, a high top sneaker styled after slippery when wet signs. 

Ian is now the owner of Deadstock Coffee, a coffee shop and gallery in Chinatown.

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SAUL KOLL / Portland Guitar Maker, Musician

SAUL KOLL / Portland
Guitar Maker, Musician

5x5 / SAUL KOLL

Since 1986, Saul Koll has been making unique, innovative guitars using only the finest materials with a total dedication to his craft. He developed his now-iconic Glide body shape over 25 years ago and has used it as the main platform for his guitar designs ever since. Koll guitars are built by Saul and his team in his Portland workshop using old school equipment, methods and techniques. They source most of their wood from the local Pacific Northwest. 

Saul’s customers include guitarists: Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth), Henry Kaiser, Isaac Brock (Modest Mouse), Mary Timony (Ex Hex), Peter Holmstrom (Dandy Warhols), and even Aaron Draplin to name a few.

What began as an experiment in guitar construction on the kitchen table of his college apartment in 1986 turned into a career for Saul. 

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TYESHA SNOW / Portland Experience Design, Storytelling

TYESHA SNOW / Portland
Experience Design, Storytelling

5x5 / TYESHA SNOW

Tyesha Snow has a fabulous career as an Experience Design consultant. Ask her about that, she’s been at it for 15 years and finds great joy in designing the future and making things make sense. But she’s here to talk about her other passion, audio storytelling and facilitating the creative process. Tyesha is Director of Stream PDX, a community podcast studio. From the first moment, she stepped into a radio studio as a young girl she was hooked on the power of audio. She now heads up the volunteer-run studio that lives inside of a ’67 Airstream trailer. 

We are the stories we tell, and we understand only the stories we hear. It’s important for a community to have a space to come and tell their stories and knowledge. With the sudden interest and attention to podcasting now is the perfect time to create a space for audio makers to work, create community, learn and teach, so we built it. Come on down!

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DAY 1 PERFORMANCES / FRIDAY, 13 OCTOBER

From spoken word to intimate musical storytelling.

URAL THOMAS / Portland Musician, Storyteller

URAL THOMAS / Portland
Musician, Storyteller

URAL THOMAS / MUSICIAN, STORYTELLER
Ural Thomas is, and forever will be Portland's pillar of soul.

He started singing beneath his mothers knee in church at the age of 3. By high school he led the doo-wop group the Mono Rays, breaking hearts and taking names at Jefferson High and Irvington Park along the way. Ural’s voice and songwriting soon gained national attention and he found himself sharing the stage with the likes of James Brown, Otis Redding, Johnny Guitar Watson and “Little” Stevie Wonder. He played the Apollo 44 times. He backed the Northwest's biggest soul and garage outfits of the1960s (The Kingsmen, Paul Revere and the Raiders, Cavaliers Unlimited) and he never for a moment stopped teaching, singing and loving soul music.

Thomas’ public return to music has been one of the great Portland stories of the last few years. Now in his late 70’s, Ural is making up for lost time performing with the Pain, a band led by drummer Scott Magee.

Ural has been living in North Portland for four decades, and he’s got stories. He'll take the stage to share some of these stories through words and song. 

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B. FRAYN MASTERS / Portland Writer, Storyteller, Producer

B. FRAYN MASTERS / Portland
Writer, Storyteller, Producer

B. FRAYN MASTERS / WRITER, STORYTELLER, PRODUCER +

B. Frayn Masters decided at 5 that writing and performing was her thing. She convinced childhood kids to perform with her and held her first shows at the base of the railroad tie steps of the neighbors house and sold tickets out of that same (obvs. very supportive) neighbor lady's red wagon. She is still is a performer, scriptwriter, storyteller and added making videos and doing voice over into the mix. She is the Creator, Executive Producer, and Host of the Back Fence PDXlive storytelling series — and is also the PDX Producer for The Moth GrandSLAM. She was voted Best Storyteller/Spoken Word Artist for the 2015 Willamette Week’s Best Of issue. She is also a performer in and co-produces LOFI/HIFI — a kick ass variety show with a regular cast/guests where all the proceeds go to a community non-profit — no railroad ties involved.  

Samples of her literary leanings can be found in City of Weird, Airplane Reading, MonkeyBicycle 6, Hobart, and Mountain Man Dance Moves: The McSweeney’s Book of Lists. Oh, and, fun fact she has read the screenplays for the first three Twilight movies about 30 times each because she got to write 500 multiple choice questions for each movie for an app. 

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DAY 2 WORKSHOPS / SATURDAY, 14 OCTOBER

The second day is packed with hands-on experiences. Look for more workshops soon!
*Separate tickets are required for workshops and space will be limited.

NICHOLAS MISANI / Portland Graphic Designer, Letterer

NICHOLAS MISANI / Portland
Graphic Designer, Letterer

WORKSHOP / ART DECO TYPE
with keynote speaker Nicholas Misani

Learn the ins and outs of historical lettering design with a focus on Art Deco typography. Popular in the 1920s and 30s, Art Deco embodied glamour, luxury, exuberance, and technology. During this three hour class, Nick will share methods for creating lettering evocative of that time. Topics will include uppercase letterforms, ligatures, scripts, ornamentation, and patterns. All materials included.

sign ups will be announced for conference attendees in August.

 


ASA BREE SIERACKI / Portland Nail Artist, Painter

ASA BREE SIERACKI / Portland
Nail Artist, Painter

WORKSHOP / NAIL ART
with Asa Bree Sieracki

Her books maybe closed, but she’s willing to share some trade secrets with a look into her process of creating in the most minuscule way. Guest will be treated to a collection of her drawings and other works of art, along with teaching techniques in nail artistry. The workshop is three hours long with all materials included.

sign ups will be announced for conference attendees in August.


Ellie Lume, Klum House / Portland Maker, Educator

Ellie Lume, Klum House / Portland
Maker, Educator

WORKSHOP / PORTSMITH TOTE
with Ellie Lume of Klum House

The Workshop— Learn To Sew a Portsmith Waxed Canvas + Leather Tote Bag
No prior sewing experience needed. 

Make a durable everyday tote with rugged waxed canvas and timeless leather straps. This beginner-friendly sewing workshop has an amazing pay-off. In just 3 hours, not only will you go home with a tote that you made, you'll also learn indispensable bag sewing tips for handling heavy-weight fabric & learn how to attach leather handles! All materials and instruction included.

sign ups will be announced for conference attendees in August.


ABOUT ELLI/ Ellie Lume is a maker & a teacher and owner of Klum House, a collaborative sewing studio & creative education space in Portland. Ellie been a professional bag maker for 18 years originally with RE Load Bags, a custom messenger bag brand she co-founded in 1998. From RE bloomed the idea for Klum where Ellie curates fun, educational, and empowering experiences that encourage people to be adventurous with their creativity. Through hands-on skill-building workshops, she encourages and inspires people to make their ideas a reality, whether that takes the form of handmade products or a creative business. We are also super thrilled to have Klum as our bag maker for this years conference!

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KELLI ANDERSON / Brooklyn Interaction Designer, Artist, Tinkerer

KELLI ANDERSON / Brooklyn
Interaction Designer, Artist, Tinkerer

WORKSHOP / CAMERA POP-UP BOOK

Make a Functional Camera Pop-Up Book with Kelli Anderson. Transform a flat piece of paper into a functional pinhole camera, while learning how light works. You can then use your camera with photo paper (provided) to take large-format pictures—which you can develop in instant coffee and baking soda.

Kelli Anderson is a designer/paper engineer who uses humble materials to expose invisible forces at play in the world. Obsessed with the transparency and intimacy offered by “lo-fi magic,” she believes that handheld experiences can effectively challenge our expectations about how the larger world works.

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Our goal is to inspire, inform, and celebrate our creative community through diverse speakers representing an array of creative industries and disciplines.
 

WeMake is a non-profit 501 C(3) that helps to foster art and design in Portland’s creative community through hands-on experiences, creative dialogue, and design-in-action initiatives. WeMake Celebrates is an evolution of our yearly anniversary event that started with Put a Bird In It, and has now grown into a full-blown conference.

FORMER BENEFICIARIES OF WEMAKE CELEBRATES

  • All Hands Raised
  • Ethos Music
  • Literary Arts
  • PROWUS
  • PSU’s Friendtorship
  • Right Brain Initiative
  • School of Rock
  • Schoolhouse Supplies
 

JOLBY & FRIENDS / Portland Co-Founders / Creative Directors

JOLBY & FRIENDS / Portland
Co-Founders / Creative Directors

EMCEES / JOLBY

Jolby & Friends co-founders Josh Kenyon & Colby Nichols (“Jolby”) began their creative partnership in 2005 wanting to tell stories through design and illustration without letting ego get in the way of honest, hard work. In 2010, they opened their own studio that quickly grew in size and talent. The team that emerged works each day to put oneself aside in order to create the best and most collaborative work possible. Jolby & Friends is an award winning, multi-disciplinary creative studio building meaningful and thoughtful experiences through collaboration. Some of their clients include Nike, Disney, Patagonia, The Nature Conservancy, Sanuk, and locally Hopworks, Barista, Roseline, Bitterman Salt Co., and XOXO.

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TICKETS /

WeMake is fueled by the passion for learning, sharing, and creating. With this in mind, a portion of sales from the event will go towards the continued support of art, design, and making.


grab your tickets early

Ticket Schedule:

  • April 19 - Super Early Bird $100
  • July 1 - Early Bird $150
  • August 30 - Last Call General Admission $175

* If you are a student or educator, contact us for discounted tickets. 

Ticket Price Includes:

  • Entry to Friday’s talks
  • Entry to Friday’s After Part 

If you would like to order 10 or more tickets, give us a shout out for a discount code!


VENUE /  THE ARMORY

Widely noted as the “crown jewel” of the Brewery Blocks, The Armory is a historic building built in 1891 by Multnomah County to once house the Oregon National Guard. Since then, the Armory became the first building in the Cascadia region – and the first historical renovation of a performing arts venue in the world – to achieve a Platinum LEED certification. It has drawn groups of people interested in sustainable design from across the country, as well as international delegations from Russia, Belgium, and Hungary.

Recognized by:

  • Forbes Magazine as one of the greenest buildings in America
  • The Urban Land Institute as one of the eleven developments chosen from among 167 nominees to receive the Award for Excellence in the Americas.
  • The American Council of Engineering Companies Oregon as the recipient of their Grand Award for Engineering Excellence.

 

 

COMMITTEE /

WeMake runs year round with the help of committed volunteers. This year, a special committee was formed to bring WeMake Celebrates to life. We want to thank the following for contributing and helping us make it happen:

Yvonne Perez Emerson—WeMake Creative Director & Founder / The Study / Tillamook Station
Alise Munson—WeMake President / HouseSpecial
Melissa Delzio—Independent Designer and Creative Entrepreneur 


CODE OF CONDUCT /

All WeMake Celebrates attendees, speakers, makers and volunteers must to agree with the following code of conduct. We will enforce this code throughout the event. Cooperation from all participants is required to ensure a safe experience for everybody.

WeMake Celebrates will provide a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion (or lack thereof). We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate anytime during the event, including talks, events, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and other online media. Participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled immediately from WeMake Celebrates without a refund or explain at discretion of the organizers and designated organizer representatives.

 


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THANK YOU TO OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS 

If your brand is interested in being part of the WeMake Celebrates experience, please contact us by email for our sponsor's package.

 
 
 
 

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