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

IAN WILLIAMS / Portland Designer, Coffee Shop Owner

IAN WILLIAMS / Portland
Designer, Coffee Shop Owner

NICHOLAS MISANI/ Milan/NYC Graphic Designer, Letterer

NICHOLAS MISANI/ Milan/NYC
Graphic Designer, Letterer

ANTHONY SCOTT / Portland Photographer, Enginenthusiast

ANTHONY SCOTT / Portland
Photographer, Enginenthusiast

EMCEES JOLBY/Portland Graphic Designers, Illustrators

EMCEES JOLBY/Portland
Graphic Designers, Illustrators

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

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

ASA BREE SIERACKI / Portland Nail Artist, Painter

ASA BREE SIERACKI / Portland
Nail Artist, Painter

MANUJA WALDIA / India/Portland Illustrator, Graphic Designer

MANUJA WALDIA / India/Portland
Illustrator, Graphic Designer

SAUL KOLL / Portland Guitar Maker, Musician

SAUL KOLL / Portland
Guitar Maker, Musician

more speakers and entertainment will be announced soon.


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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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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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 DESIGN
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.

BE SURE TO FOLLOW US AND STAY UP TO DATE AS WE
ADD MORE SPEAKERS AND HAPPENINGS.

 
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 / Portland Designers & Illustrators

JOLBY / Portland
Designers & Illustrators

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
Andrew Eastman—WeMake Community Outreach Coordinator / Account Executive at Creative Circle Portland
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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