fall 2013

RECAP—WeMake Celebrates 2013

The party was awesome, the people were awesome, we raised the roof and $11K for arts & music education, plus we had a wonderful sketchXchange guest—Nelson Lowry of LAIKA.

It was great listening to and being inspired by the personal work of Nelson for our Design Week Portland sXc. Nelson shared his thoughts, inspirations, and career highlights. Having LAIKA there with their puppets was an extra treat, and a perfect closing to the year for sXc. 

See more photos here.

Join us after the holidays on January 3rd with the talented Maryanna Hoggatt.

RECAP—Butchery Demystified

Thanks to everyone that joined us for our Butchery Demystified Workshop presented by Camas Davis of the Portland Meat Collective! Many thanks to Camas for organizing the workshop and reminding us about the importance of understanding what we are eating, how the animals are raised and teaching us a few delicious simple dishes using all parts of the animal!

Warning, may not be for the faint of heart.

Also, a special thanks to our talented media men and Zenger Farms.

Photos by Ethan Allen Smith

Video by Robert Woodward

Check out more of the photos at:

Flickr or on Facebook

Designing Dreams—Portland's Creative Community Helps Donate $11K

WeMake and All Hands Raised CEO, Dan Ryan.

The power of community was evident earlier this month during WeMake Celebrates, and its impact will be felt long after the party has ended. We officially donated $10,000 to All Hands Raised to fund the First Octave Grant. This grant will directly support art and music education programs in Portland’s public schools. 

Rock On! $1000 to PROWUS

Because of your generous donations, we were also able to make an additional donation of $1000 to PROWUS in honor of the amazing kids from School of Rock who performed at our event.

PROWUSPortland Rock on With Us – is a non-profit organization that provides grants for music students ages 8 to 18 and supports the childrens’ rock and roll performance community. They provide grants and tuition help for students in music programs like School of Rock Portland, The Portland Cello Project, and Rock and Roll Camp for Girls.

Thank you, Portland! Together we’ve given our young people a chance to explore new creative possibilities and be part of this amazing community for years to come.

Design in Action Inspires

Someone told me the other day that WeMake was in the business of holding events. I was surprised, I guess because I never really look at it that way. Yes, we do put on events, but it goes much deeper. Whether you attend a sketchXchange, a discovery workshop, or participate in our design in action initiative we are in the business of inspiring. Inspiring creative, inspiring community and inspiring design in action.

Last Saturday, we celebrated our two-year anniversary with a big ol’ party and which may become an annual event, WeMake Celebrates. We were celebrating Portland’s design, art, and maker community and creating a platform for us as a team and as a design community to give back to something we hold dear to us—arts and music education. Portland, you did not let us down!

One of our mottos is “Make Believing” because we need to think that way. We need to believe in possibilities. It’s possible for a community to come together and collectively make a difference—even on a shoestring budget and without all the fancy bells and whistles. I’m thrilled to say we (and by ‘we’ I mean all of you, the makers, the artists, the attendees, and our awesome sponsors) raised $11,0000 to support arts and music education. Hi-five, hot damn, and f*ck yeah! Thank you so much for supporting our efforts to collectively make it happen. You’re awesome!

Overall, our small team of WeMake volunteers did an amazing job planning and executing this event and I couldn’t be more happy with the outcome. We almost doubled our efforts from last year and filled Sandbox Studio with over 1,200 happy people.

Our biggest thanks go to our Gold Sponsors: Vitamin T, Sandbox Studio, MC Laser Labs, and OrangePDX. Without their major support we could not have made it happen. I also want to thank Tiffany Jennings, Scott Baker, Emily Oliva, Jessica Caldwell, Ethan Allen Smith, Robert Woodward, and Annie Wilkins for their tireless work as WeMake team members who busted ass to make sure things ran smoothly (and who put up with me throughout the process)! A super shout out to LAIKA and Nelson Lowry for being our most excellent sketchXchange guests and supporters (Nelson was so inspiring)! Much LOVE to all the birdhouse makers and the awesome artists that donated a poster design.

Lastly, thank you Woodcrafters, Muse, The Study, School of Rock, Tanner Goods, Adam Porterfield of Golden Rule Design, Wacom,  Print GraphicsNick Stokes Design, Eric Trine & Team, Tiny Creative, Con Cor Design, Transport, DJ Coast2c, Ninkasi Brewing, The Wine Nomad, the PSU graphic design student volunteers, the awesome Put A Bird In It judges, Nancy Levenson, and Design Week Portland.

To everyone who attended, bought a house or a poster, or just showed up to support and cap off the festivities of Design Week, thank you. You inspire me.

Most photos courtesy of Ethan Allen Smith. Some were nabbed from our #tagboard feed. See more here,here, here, and here!

We still have limited-edition posters available from the event. Find out more here!

Celebrate Making Posters Available Now!

We have some posters left over from our event and would love for you to have them! These are all limited-edition prints based on the theme "Celebrate Making." Each 18”x 24” print was silkscreened by Seizure Palace and uses only three colors. They look fabulous next to each other and you should totally buy two (or more)! 

Cost: $20 plus shipping and handling. If you’re in Portland send us an email and you can pick them up at our headquarters!

All funds go towards our efforts in supporting arts and music education.

Get them here!


Dan Christofferson is an illustrator, painter, and designer from Salt Lake City, Utah. His art illustrates stories of exile, industry, and the parched, sunburnt west. Printed on thick white stock.

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Alberto Cerriteño

Alberto Cerriteño is an illustrator & designer who has developed his own very personal technique and style, having always present a delicate hints of traditional Mexican artistic influences. Printed on thick white stock.

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Blaine Fontana

Blaine Fontana currently lives and works in Portland, Oregon. Imbuing his vision with the divine symbolism of religious myths, worldly folklore and current social dynamics, his works contain a kind of shamanic exploration of meaning that recognizes the totemic quality and power of the image. Printed on thick natural stock.

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Adam Garcia

Creative director, designer, and illustrator Adam R. Garcia’s work spans aesthetic in the fields of design, identities, direction, illustration, event coordination, gallery exhibits and packaging design.Printed on thick natural stock.

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Maryanna Hoggatt

Maryanna Hoggatt was born in the Philippines in 1981, raised in the dusty deserts of Arizona, and moved to the lush forests of Portland, Oregon in 2007. She created her own self-published comic mini-series, and regularly shows new work in galleries. Clients include Willamette Week, Nike, Skullcandy, Microsoft, & Redbull.  Printed on thick natural stock.

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Meg Hunt

Meg Hunt is an illustrator, educator and maker of things. She lives and work in the wooded city of Portland, OR. Her goal is to fill the world with her creations, and make people happy in the process by creating charming and colorful character-based illustrations, lettering, and patterns for visual development and the editorial/publishing markets.  Printed on thick natural stock.

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Jolby & Friends is a collaborative creative studio based in Portland, Oregon. Founders Josh Kenyon & Colby Nichols combine their talents as Art Directors, Designers and Illustrators, utilizing their experience from working within agencies over the course of their careers. They try to achieve two goals within the work they create: “Tell a memorable story” and “make people smile”.  Printed on thick natural stock.

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Mary Kate McDevitt

Mary Kate McDevitt is a letterer and illustrator living and working in Brooklyn, NY. Mary Kate graduated from Tyler School of Art in 2007 with a degree in Graphic Design and Illustration. Her clients include Sesame Street, Fast Company, and Nintendo.  Printed on thick natural stock.

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Dan Stiles

Based in Portland, Oregon Dan Stiles creates work for everyone from indie bands to major corporations. His work has won numerous awards and has been reproduced in a wide variety of books and magazines. He draws from a broad swath of influences from comics, skateboard graphics and punk album covers to modern art, japanese design, and vintage packaging. Printed on thick natural stock.

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Keegan Wenkman

Keeganmeegan & Co. is an artistic design, illustration and printing company that provides creative in house solutions to local and national businesses and individuals.  Printed on thick natural stock.

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Cost: $20 plus shipping and handling. If you’re in Portland send us an email and you can pick them up at our headquarters!

All funds go towards our efforts in supporting arts and music education.

Get them all here!