Fueled by the passion for learning, sharing, and creating.
This is the foundation of WeMake.

We are a local, non-profit 501(c)(3)  that helps to foster art and design in Portland, Oregon's creative community through hands-on experiences, creative dialogue, and design-in-action initiatives. All of our events are focused on the process of making and the spirit of community.


Nikki McClure with Mary Kate McDevit

Nikki McClure with Mary Kate McDevit


sketchXchange is a night of inspiration and drawing. It’s a chance to peek into the sketchbooks of some of our favorite illustrators and learn about their process. Meet our latest guest.

Hand Lettering with BT Livermore

Hand Lettering with BT Livermore


We coordinate discovery workshops within Portland’s craftsmen community. If you're interested in collaborating with us, or have an idea for a workshop, drop us a line.

WeMake Celebrates

WeMake Celebrates

design in action

We like to give back. In the last three years, with the help of the Portland community we have donated more than $60,000 to arts and music education.


For 2018, each of our sXc artists will be creating a limited edition 9x9 silk screened print, screened by Seizure Palace. All attendees will receive the print as part of their entry. 

sXc with Nick Stokes, moderated by Becca Wadlinger

DATE: february 2nd, 2018

Nick Stokes is an illustrator and art director at Portland’s Wieden + Kennedy agency.

His sketchy and colorful illustration style is bold, fun, often character based, and provocative in manner.  It’s not unlikely to see rainbows, naked parts, and humor woven into his personal work. 

Nick has designed for an array of clients including: NIKE, Habitat Skateboards , Coca-Cola, Patagonia, Microsoft, KFC, Travel Portland, Adidas, Columbia Pictures, and more.

Nick will be joined by moderator, Becca Wadlinger. Becca is a writer at W+K, the author of Terror/Terrible/Terrific and the translator of Gro Dahle's A Hundred Thousand Hours. She is a graduate of the Michener Center for Writers and the University of Houston's PhD program in poetry. Her work has appeared in Best New Poets, Tin House, Ploughshares, and elsewhere. 


FEATURING 26 international, national and local letterers in a curated show, presented by WeMake for the 2018 Portland Design Week. 

RECAP: sketchXchange with Eric Nyffeler

Designer and illustrator Eric Nyffeler joined WeMake for our first sketchXchange of 2018. The walls were covered in a cascade of his colorfully textured music posters and illustrations, covering nearly every inch of white space there was to offer.  The moderator for the evening was Eric’s long-time friend and fellow Midwesterner, Brett Stenson.

Proudly sponsoring WeMake by supporting the process of making and the spirit of community.