A DESIGN CONFERENCE ABOUT THE PROCESS OF MAKING


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2ND / SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3RD 2015

Over the last three years, WeMake has given back to Portland’s aspiring young creatives (raising over $30,000 for arts and music education) through our community-driven project called Put A Bird In It, and our anniversary celebration—WeMake Celebrates. To continue with this tradition and to inspire design-in-action, WeMake has extended the platform into a full day of creative dialogue. We’ve brought together design thinkers known locally, nationally, and internationally. This curated group of diverse speakers has been chosen from the design and maker communities because they are forging their own creative paths and making a mark in their respective industries.

Day 1/ FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2ND
Creative Dialogue on the Process of Making
6 Keynote Speakers, Panels, Demos, and a Maker Market 

Gather at THE ARMORY 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. 

* We'll celebrate into the night with an after-party and paper show sponsored by West Coast Paper - WCP Solutions. 

GEMMA O'BRIEN / Sydney Typographer, Illustrator, Letterer

GEMMA O'BRIEN / Sydney
Typographer, Illustrator, Letterer

OMFGCO / Portland Graphic Designers , Makers

OMFGCO / Portland
Graphic Designers , Makers

PAUL OCTAVIOUS / Chicago Photographer, Designer

PAUL OCTAVIOUS / Chicago
Photographer, Designer

TIMOTHY GOODMAN / Brooklyn Designer, Illustrator, Art Director

TIMOTHY GOODMAN / Brooklyn
Designer, Illustrator,
Art Director

VERONICA CORZO-DUCHARDT / Chicago Artist, Designer, Printmaker

VERONICA CORZO-DUCHARDT / Chicago
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rtist, Designer, Printmaker

LEAH NOBLE DAVIDSON / Portland Design Researcher, Author, Poet +

LEAH NOBLE DAVIDSON / Portland
Design Researcher, Author, Poet +

SAM HUFF / Portland Creative Director

SAM HUFF / Portland
Creative Director

BEN KLEBBA / Portland Furniture Maker, Designer, Craftsman

BEN KLEBBA / Portland
Furniture Maker, Designer, Craftsman

LISA JONES, Portland Ceramist, Designer

LISA JONES, Portland
Ceramist, Designer

JOLBY & FRIENDS / Portland Graphic Designers, Illustrators

JOLBY & FRIENDS / Portland
Graphic Designers, Illustrators

BETSY CROSS / Portland Jewelry Designer

BETSY CROSS / Portland
Jewelry Designer

APRIL BAER / Portland Host of OPB State of Wonder Panel Moderator

APRIL BAER / Portland
Host of OPB State of Wonder
Panel Moderator

IAN COYLE / Portland Creative Director, Interaction Developer

IAN COYLE / Portland
Creative Director, Interaction Developer

ADAM GARCIA / Portland Creative Director, Designer, Illustrator

ADAM GARCIA / Portland
Creative Director, Designer, Illustrator

PATRICK TRIATO / Portland Product Designer, Mechanical Engineer

PATRICK TRIATO / Portland
Product Designer, Mechanical Engineer


Day 2/ SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3RD
WORKSHOPS

  • Lettering workshop with Gemma O'Brien 10-1pm
  • Adobe Shapes workshop with Jolby & Friends 2:30-4pm
    *Separate tickets are required for workshops and space will be limited.

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2ND

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.

GEMMA O’BRIEN / Sydney Typographer, Letterer, Illustrator

GEMMA O’BRIEN / Sydney
Typographer, Letterer, Illustrator

KEYNOTE / GEMMA O'BRIEN

Gemma O’Brien is an Australian artist specializing in lettering, illustration and typography. After studying design at the College of Fine Arts in Sydney, Gemma worked as an art director at Animal Logic, Fuel VFX and Toby and Pete before deciding to fly solo as a commercial illustrator in 2012. She is currently represented by the Jacky Winter Group and splits her time between advertising commissions, gallery shows, speaking engagements and hosting hand-lettering workshops around the world.
 
Her typography work takes on a variety of forms, from calligraphic brushwork, illustrated letterforms and digital type to large scale hand-painted murals. In 2014 she was recognized by New York The Type Directors Club with an Award of Typographic Excellence. Her clients include Adobe, Volcom, Kirin Cider, QANTAS, Heinz, Smirnoff and The New York Times.

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OMFGCO / Portland Designers, Makers

OMFGCO / Portland
Designers, Makers

KEYNOTE / THE OFFICIAL
MANUFACTURING COMPANY

The Official Manufacturing Company (more affectionately known as OMFGCO) is a Portland-based creative agency that builds brands for visionaries. Founded in 2009, partners Jeremy Pelley and Fritz Mesenbrink have created brands that set themselves apart in the graphic design world. They feel it is easy to make things pretty, but hard to make them matter. They dig deep to find meaningful insights and explore unique ways to express them. Their client work includes Ace Hotel, Portland Meadows, Woodblock Chocolate, Portland General Electric, Google, Beam & Anchor, Gap, and Stumptown Coffee Roasters, to name a few.

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PAUL OCTAVIOUS / Chicago Photographer, Designer

PAUL OCTAVIOUS / Chicago
Photographer, Designer

KEYNOTE / PAUL OCTAVIOUS

Paul Octavious is a photographer & designer originating from Connecticut and currently residing in Chicago, IL. Recently he spent time behind the scenes with The Academy documenting this year's Oscar Awards.

His work has been featured by The New York Times, The Paris Review, Phoot Camp20x200 , Pictory, The New Yorker, Beautiful Decay, Huffington Post, The Fox Is Black, and Swiss Miss to name a few. Notable clients include: Nike, McDonalds, New Balance, Drift Eyewear, The Wallstreet Journal, NYTimes Magazine, Wired, Bloomberg Buisness, Crush Lovely, PRINT, Feelday, and Threadless.

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TIMOTHY GOODMAN / Brooklyn Designer, Illustrator, Art Director

TIMOTHY GOODMAN / Brooklyn
Designer, Illustrator, Art Director

KEYNOTE / TIMOTHY GOODMAN

Timothy Goodman is a designer, illustrator, and art director based in New York City. His clients include Airbnb, Google, Ford, J.Crew, MoMA, Target, The New Yorker, and The New York Times. Previously, Timothy worked in-house at Apple Inc., where he helped integrate Apple’s visual language across third party environments. He has received awards from most major design & illustration publications including The Art Directors Young Guns and Print magazine's New Visual Artist. Timothy graduated from the School of Visual Arts in NYC, where he now teaches. In conjunction with his client work, he spends a significant amount of time on personal projects and writing, such as his Instagram writing series Memories of a Girl I Never Knew, which was recently exhibited at Colette in Paris, France.
 

In 2013, Timothy and Jessica Walsh created a personal project called 40 Days of Dating. It has received over 10 million unique visitors, became a book, and they optioned the film rights of their story to Warner Bros. They are currently in the middle of another crazy experiment.

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VERONICA CORZO-DUCHARDT / Chicago Artist, Designer, Printmaker

VERONICA CORZO-DUCHARDT / Chicago
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rtist, Designer, Printmaker

KEYNOTE /
VERONICA CORZO-DUCHARDT

Veronica Corzo-Duchardt is a Cuban-American artist, designer, and printmaker. Fascinated by traces of history embedded in the objects we use, collect and leave behind, her practice is rooted in memory, heritage, and material culture. Corzo-Duchardt encourages us to think deeper about the things we surround ourselves with and the stories they tell. 

Her project, The Neche Collection is an example of this. It retells the story of her grandfather’s life across an archive of his possessions. Shaped both by his heritage as a Cuban exile of Lebanese descent and his painstaking work as an accountant, Neche instilled in his granddaughter a fascination with cultural artifacts as touchstones for personal history. Making use of abstracted color fields, re-contextualized language and representative graphic renderings, Corzo-Duchardt translates these material touchstones into a paper narrative of her familial history.

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LEAH NOBLE DAVIDSON / Portland Design Researcher, Author, Poet +

LEAH NOBLE DAVIDSON / Portland
Design Researcher, Author, Poet +

KEYNOTE / LEAH NOBLE DAVIDSON

Leah Noble Davidson has delved into what trust means to teenagers, the significance of loyalty to hardcore gamers, the context of business relationships to product quality, and discovered the real definition of fit for custom bike users. As a strategist, she’s galvanized small business owners in cafes down the street and swayed corporate teams in the boardrooms of Microsoft, XBox, Intel, Cisco, Leatherman, Toyota, Jive, Puppet Labs, and others. She toured the US last fall with her bestselling book Poetic Scientifica,” produces Portland’s Moth StorySLAM, and leads the design research and strategy team at QVINQVE in Portland, Oregon.

Leah is also on the board of Tinker Camp and was once a medic in the Army, plus so much more.

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2ND
Maker Panel

Small Scale is a panel discussion featuring a dynamic group of local makers. We’ll explore how they have grown their businesses to national levels while still remaining the neighborhood shop around the corner— designing the products we love by hand.

BENJAMIN KLEBBA / Portland Furniture Maker, Designer, Craftsman

BENJAMIN KLEBBA / Portland
Furniture Maker, Designer, Craftsman

PANELIST / 
BEN KLEBBA, PHLOEM STUDIO

Phloem Studio was founded by designer/craftsman Benjamin Klebba in 2009. Ben grew up in the Great Lake state of Michigan, across the street from Lake Huron. Ben’s dad taught construction trades at an industrial arts center for 20 years. He built the house Ben grew up in, the furniture within it, and transitioned into building wooden sailboats. This left a lasting impression.

After spending time in Chicago working first for a luthier building acoustic guitars, and then for a custom furniture company, Ben moved to Oregon and Phloem Studio was born. Two years later, he moved into the Beam & Anchor building with a group of creative friends and their collaboration became a source of inspiration.

With an emphasis on natural materials and traditional joinery, Phloem is dedicated to living within the contemporary canon, but outside any trend or fad. Phloem creates timeless contemporary furniture influenced by the experiences gathered with family and friends.

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BETSY CROSS / Portland Jewelry Designer

BETSY CROSS / Portland
Jewelry Designer

PANELIST /
BETSY CROSS, BETSY & IYA

There is a magic moment that occurs when an idea has taken shape and the work becomes its own thing. If we force it, the thing falls apart. If we listen, it becomes wildly beautiful.

As the designer and creative voice of handcrafted jewelry line and retail shop betsy & iya, Betsy has dedicated her life to pursuing that moment. For Betsy, it is not just a connection to the product, the craft, and the move towards localism that has fueled the growth of betsy & iya, but the idea that the experience the brand offers can create a feeling of home, accessibility, and belonging. 

Founded as a solo project in 2008, betsy & iya has grown and evolved as Betsy continues to hone her craft. Her husband Will Cervarich joined her as a business partner in 2010, and together the two grew wholesale business organically by driving across the country and meeting with shop owners face-to-face. They opened a brick & mortar shop in 2011 and the same year created a city-wide local shopping event called Little Boxes. They have since grown the team to include 14 incredible people and 2 beloved dogs. They produce about 500 pieces of jewelry a week to sell to 150 independent retail boutiques around the country, including their flagship store in NW Portland, where the jewelry is also made.

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LISA JONES / Portland Ceramicist, Designer

LISA JONES / Portland
Ceramicist, Designer

PANELIST /
LISA JONES, PIGEON TOE CERAMICS

After settling on art as her life’s focus in first grade, designer Lisa Jones spent her adolescence exploring mediums as diverse as painting and video installation before settling into product design with the founding of Pigeon Toe in 2009. With an aversion to the excess of mass-produced goods, Lisa formed Pigeon Toe with a vision to create uniquely beautiful objects that incorporate and celebrate the extensive history of handcrafts.

Realizing that understanding materials on an intimate level leads to refined and imaginative objects, Lisa’s work under Pigeon Toe has evolved with her own artistic enrichment and hands-on study of new techniques and mediums. This growth is fostered through relationships with other esteemed craftspeople, with a focus on building community through shared learning opportunities and love of making. Lisa aspires to find fresh perspective through innovative material combinations, harking back to an era where artisans not only create, but inspire.

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SAM HUFF / Portland Creative Director

SAM HUFF / Portland
Creative Director

PANELIST /
SAM HUFF, TANNER GOODS

The comments section of Sam’s fourth grade report card state simply, “Inquisitive and engaged.  Slightly disruptive.  Sam often asks an endless string of questions, unhappy with the answers he is given.”  That assessment still rings true all these years later.

A native Oregonian, Sam is equal parts city slicker and country bumpkin.  He spent much of his youth kicking up dust in the backwoods of Central Oregon; in the early 2000’s, Sam relocated to Portland to pursue a career in design focusing on product, branding and domestic manufacturing.

Over the past decade, Sam has co-founded the brands Tanner Goods and Mazama Wares, both of which have become recognized internationally as leaders in the modern craft movement.   His interests both professionally and personally are closely tied to his small-town artisan roots, his love of well-made objects people interact with on a daily basis and his love of the outdoors.  He is a firm believer in the Eames motto, “the best for the most for the least.”  His favorite book is Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.  He still very much enjoys being overly inquisitive and slightly disruptive.

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PANEL MODERATOR / APRIL BAER, STATE OF WONDER

April Baer grew up in the Midwest and came to Oregon Public Broadcasting in 2004. Prior to creating State of Wonder, OPB's weekly journal of arts and creative work, she reported on government, politics, crime and courts, military affairs and other subjects, and spent five years hosting OPB's Morning Edition. Before coming to Oregon, she'd worked as a studio engineer, host, reporter, and occasional music host at several stations in Ohio.

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DAY 1 / FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2ND
Demos

Launching new ideas and products, whether an app or a toothbrush, is both exciting and scary. These folks will share their design process and experiences in a quick demo format.

IAN COYLE  / Portland  Creative Director, Interaction Developer

IAN COYLE  / Portland 
Creative Director, Interaction Developer

DEMO / APP DESIGN
IAN COYLE, HUGE-KING COYLE

Ian Coyle is a creative director, designer, and interaction developer. Over the last ten years, he has continually devised new interaction models and led creative teams to bridge design and technology. In 2012, Huge and Portland-based creative studio King/Coyle merged to create Huge/KingCoyle, an innovation lab focused on design, culture, and craft. 

Ian started his career in northern Italy, and since 2001, he has partnered with clients and agencies to bring unique digital experiences to life. Notable collaborations and clients include Nike, Anthropologie, Wieden+Kennedy, Google, Toyota, Saatchi & Saatchi, and FX Networks.

He is inspired by typography, photojournalism, newspapers, and vintage motorcycles.

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PATRICK TRIATO / Portland Product Designer, Mechanical Engineer

PATRICK TRIATO / Portland
Product Designer, Mechanical Engineer

DEMO / PRODUCT DESIGN
PATRICK TRIATO, GOODWELL

Patrick graduated from Case Western University with a degree in Product Design and Mechanical Engineering. He later worked as an independent contractor for local design firms in Cleveland OH, Chicago, IL, and Portland OR. He has over 15 years professional experience working with clients overseas, and domestic manufacturers in tooling, molding processes, and materials choices and ergonomics. His client work includes: Rubbermaid, Amana, Kraftmaid, Masco, Black and Decker, Little Tikes, Fisher Price, P+G, Jaguar, Spectrum, Wacom, Simple Shoes, Logitech, Trek and Nike. Patrick runs 6 miles every day, has been a vegetarian since the age of 15, and plays in the band Bears.

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DAY 2 / SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3RD
Workshops

GEMMA O’BRIEN / Sydney Typographer, Letterer, Illustrator

GEMMA O’BRIEN / Sydney
Typographer, Letterer, Illustrator

WORKSHOP / Sponsored by Campaign Monitor
GEMMA O'BRIEN

 Join Sydney-based hand-letterer/illustrator, Gemma O’Brien, for an exclusive and intimate hand-lettering workshop. This workshop is created for participants who have an existing art, advertising or design background who are interested in refining their hand-lettering skills to use in their own professional or personal practice. The workshop is designed to give participants an understanding of the principles of letterform creation through demonstrations of techniques by Gemma, hands-on participation, one-on-one guidance, and critical discussion among peers.

This intimate workshop will be available to 30 conference attendees on Saturday from 10am-1pm. Registration will go live closer to the event.

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JOLBY & FRIENDS / Portland Graphic Designers, Illustrators

JOLBY & FRIENDS / Portland
Graphic Designers, Illustrators

WORKSHOP/ ”Adobe Shape Battle“ with JOLBY and FRIENDS

This workshop is actually an exciting hands-on design competition! You’ll team up to collaborate and battle others to create graphic assets live, in order to create the best pieces and wow the judges. From doodling and sketching, to vectors and screen, this will be a fun and fast paced creative collaboration. We’ll even have tacos from the Taco Pedaler!

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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 (which raised over $30K for arts and music education in three years), and has now grown into a full-blown conference. Our goal is to inspire, inform, and celebrate our creative community through diverse speakers representing an array of creative industries and disciplines.  

ADAM GARCIA  / Portland Creative Director, Designer, Illustrator

ADAM GARCIA  / Portland
Creative Director, Designer, Illustrator

MASTER OF CEREMONIES / 
ADAM GARCIA

Adam R Garcia runs The Pressure, a multidisciplinary creative studio based in Portland, Oregon. The studio's work focuses on exploration and surprise, and spans genres, from identities, typography, environmental design and motion to illustration, gallery shows and events. Clients include Nike, Nickelodeon, Intel, Fader, Wired Magazine, Rhymesayers, Kanye West, Bloomberg Business Week, and the NSA, which is a long story that he can't talk about.

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TICKETS /

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


HERE'S HOW IT WORKS.

As a block of tickets sells out, a new block at a higher price point will be offered. Seating is limited and tickets will go fast, so keep an eye on the count down so you don't miss out on the best available price. A limited number of tickets at various discount levels will be available. 

Ticket Schedule:

  • April 20 - Super Early Bird $195
  • May 25 - Early Bird $210
  • June 25 - General Admission $230
  • July 25 - Last Call General Admission $250

Ticket Price Includes:

  • Entry to Friday's talks
  • Entry to Maker Market
  • Entry to Friday's After Party and Paper Show sponsored by West Coast Paper - WCP Solutions.

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.

 

 

AFTER PARTY WITH WEST COAST PAPER SOLUTIONS

Please join us at Urban Studios for a Paper show brought to you by West Coast Paper Solutions. There will be all new swatch paper books by some of the most cutting-edge printed samples. Including papers for letterpress, screen printing, and digital printing. This is a great opportunity to be inspired by colors and textures and get new ideas for your next project! All food and beverages will be hosted!

MUSIC BY DJ ANTON!

Anton Pearson is a designer who spins. When not working at The Pressure you can hear his mixes throughout the city.  



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
Jessica Caldwell—WeMake Content Director / Machine Apparel
Alise Munson—WeMake Social Media Coordinator / HouseSpecial
Clay Walsh—Head of Marketing & Operations at Lisa Congdon Art & Illustration           
Tara Moss—Partner at JumpTank, a Dentsu-Aegis Company


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.

 


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 Sponsors package.

 
Donation for Sponsorship

Interested in Volunteering? We will need Friday Volunteers only. Call backs will happen in late August.

 
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