This year we explore Experiments in Process.
"Before there is ever success or failure, there are experiments."
Photos by Rowen Bradley & Megan Gex
On Friday, Oct. 13, the WeMake team hosted our third conference – WeMake Celebrates – at The Armory in Portland's Pearl District. This year, we explored the experiments instrumental in the creative process.
On stage, six speakers told about their experiments and shared their successes and failures while the emcees Jolby (Josh Kenyon and Colby Nichols) guided the journey and recapped the day with cleverness.
Artist and author Adam J Kurtz (Toronto/Brooklyn) told us to feel all the feelings and not to be precious with anything.
New Portlander and illustrator and designer, Mauja Waldia (India/Portland) spoke about her young career on stage for the first time.
Brilliant designer and science lover Kelli Anderson (Brooklyn) showed us that experiments will lead you to new discoveries and ignite curiosity.
Nicholas Misani experiments with letters and type in his studio in Brooklyn and makes beautiful fauxsaics, which capture the spirit of cities around the world.
Experimental artist Craig Winslow makes everything an experiment - it's in his job description. He taught us that light can change everything and introduced us to lost history.
Australian graphic artist Luke Choice (aka Velvet Spectrum) bring motion and color to his visual experiments. He also weaves in generosity and positivity into the elements of his success.
"Nobody in the world ever wrote their own song. You have inspiration from all the people around you, from your life experiences, to a person next to you who cracked a joke."
Ural Thomas, musician & storyteller, has uplifted his audiences in Portland and all over the world.
B. Frayn Masters, writer, storyteller and producer, shared her wicked humor and love of the absurd. Catch more of her round Portland with Back Fence PDX and The Moth.
Helping Arts Education
From ticket sales, we raised $7000 to give to non-profits making a big difference on a small budget. Thanks to you, we helped:
- MARROW, a radical education, arts, and activism space, centering young people
- p:ear builds positive relationships with homeless and transitional youth through education, art and recreation to affirm personal worth and create more meaningful and healthier lives.
- Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls builds girls’ self-esteem through music creation and performance.
- Schoolhouse Supplies is an award-winning nonprofit that supports public education in Portland by giving students and teachers free classroom supplies.
Thank You to Our Community Partners
Wieden+Kennedy, Wacom, Aquent, The Study, Klum House, Widmer Brothers, Scout Books, HouseSpecial