fall 2014

RECAP—Zine Workshop with Kate Bingaman-Burt at IPRC

We had a great time learning all about zine making with Kate Bingaman-Burt last month. This was a community workshop in partnership with the Independent Publishing Resource Center (IPRC). Not only did we learn all about the history of zines and how to make them, Kate shared her huge zine library with us, and lot's, and lot's of books on typography. There was about 36 of us that made zines on the topic of our favorite snacks, then we traded with everyone who attended. It was a great start to my new zine collection!

IPRC was the perfect place for the workshop. If you haven't been there you need to go! They had everything we needed to stamp, xerox, draw, and assemble. Beyond what we used to make our zines,  the place is a publishing play house with an assortment of letterpress machines, typewriters, and other other book binding equipment.

Of course Kate was an awesome teacher, and as always a pleasure to learn from!

Check out more photos from the workshop here!

Discovery Workshop—Making Zines with Kate Bingaman-Burt & IPRC

Written by Chloe Miller

An affable, colorful and hardworking force in Portland’s design community, Kate Bingaman-Burt needs little introduction. In addition to her work as a graphic design instructor at Portland State University and an integral member of Design Week Portland, she also finds time for client work and personal projects. Her daily drawing project, which ran from 2003-2013 resulted in the book Obsessive Consumption, and she is most recently drawing other people’s plants. Kate’s illustrations have been commissioned by Chipotle, Bedsider, car2go, Good magazine, and The New York Times Book Review.

We are thrilled to have Kate lead us in our final workshop of the year, with our community partner the Independent Publishing Resource Center (IPRC). Come spend a Saturday morning exploring zines as a medium and create your own using IPRC’s tools and resources. Kate will also be bringing a selection from her personal zine collection, and we will be able to peruse the extensive zine library of IPRC as well. If you are a designer, illustrator, doodler, writer, printer or otherwise, this workshop will be a great opportunity to explore how you can print and publish your work in this small, easily shareable format.

When: Saturday, November 15th, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Where: Independent Publishing Resource Center, 1001 SE Division Street

Price: $20, includes supplies, a zine from Kate and coffee (generously donated by Stumptown)

Registration is open now.

Kate answered some questions about zines:

Wikipedia describes a zine as “small circulation self-published work of original or appropriated texts and images usually reproduced via photocopier”. What would you add to that?

Zines give you a platform for your ideas. You are the author, editor, art director and publisher. BOOM! the power! (use it for good, not evil, please).

What sparked your interest in zines?

I have been a paper hoarder from WAY back. I grew up in a super small town, but I traveled quite a bit with my parents. When I was 13 I visited my first independent record store in Ann Arbor, Michigan. There had a rack of zines and I was hooked. I don’t think I knew they were zines though…they were just really interesting and super affordable books and I wanted to buy them all. I didn’t make my first zine until my second year of college, however. I started making zines on the regular when I started my Daily Drawing project in 2006 and I haven’t stopped. I am planning a big monthly zine project for 2015. I AM ADDICTED!

Why is a zine a great platform for an illustrator or designer? What makes them accessible?

It’s an excellent way to share your visual work, writing, fully formed drawings, beginnings of ideas, half baked ideas and possibly even BRILLIANT ideas. I hand out zines instead of business cards…more fun to share and less awkward than being like, OH, can I give you my card? It’s more like: OH, hey! I would love to give you my zine. Everyone wins.

Our partners at the IPRC answered some questions about their space.

What makes the IPRC a great resource for illustrators and designers who want to print/publish their work?

The IPRC is a truly unique organization in that we provide all the resources, tools and materials for making print media. We have a letterpress print shop, a screenprinting shop, a bindery and a Mac computer lab with all of the latest Creative Suites Design software. We are also a 501(c)3 nonprofit so we are accessible in terms of pricing and offer outreach to various groups.

Tell me about the IPRC’s zine library.

Our zine library was started in 1998 and we have over 10,000 catalogued and circulating. We have another 15-20k zines that are not yet catalogued. Our library is the largest zine library in North America and second largest in the world (there is one larger in France)

The IPRC maintains a library of self-published and independently produced materials. Items are available to the public for circulation and for reference use. The library contains materials that are not otherwise represented in public libraries and that may be lost forever without our efforts. Located on the shelves are comics, chap books, novels, catalogs, zines, artists’ books, and more. A comprehensive reference section includes artists books, guides, criticism, history and how-to information available to examine and use in the library. Additionally, all materials produced in whole or part at the IPRC are archived as part of this collection.

When: Saturday, November 15th, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Where: Independent Publishing Resource Center, 1001 SE Division Street

Price: $20, includes supplies, a zine from Kate and coffee (generously donated by Stumptown)

Registration is now open.

RECAP—sXc with Dan Christofferson aka Beeteeth

We kicked off the fall with the talented Dan Christofferson aka Beeteeth. Dan was extra special guest as Big Cartel was gracious to fly him in from Salt Lake City, Utah to share his work—both personal and commercial.

Dan is an artist to the core. His work is often inspired by his heritage and growing up in Utah. It’s the story telling the audience had the pleasure of listening to that night. Dan shared his inspirations of growing up in a Mormon family but also his personal relationship with his father. He took us through a tale of childhood memories and like a book leading up to the crowning point, his story left us in a contemplative mood. It was a great night. And the work, well it speaks for itself.  

RECAP—sXc with Pizza Friday

We had a very busy late summer and just in the middle of it was our sketchXchange with two talented dudes, TOM O’TOOLE and THOMAS BRADLEY of PIZZA FRIDAY. The night came on the heals of the ICON8 illustration conference that was in town. It was a hot July day and the sunshine, popsicle’s and pizza were quintessential compliments to the witty and light hearted duo of this talented team.

The Toms, as I like to call them shared their work in multitudes! The covered every inch of the walls we gave them with sketches, drawings, and finished pieces. The orange tape brought back memories for me of our first sketchXchanges, it felt right, like it was part of the show. And when I say show, that’s what I mean. Yes, they shared their process, but they also were themselves, a couple of dudes who work hard and play hard, and who will get you thinking and laughing all night long.

Make Believing with WeMake Celebrates and Put A Bird In It

Portland’s Creative Community Raises $13K for Arts and Music Education.

As we helped wrap up the festivities of Design Week Portland last Friday night, Portland’s creative community came together to celebrate with us for the third year in a row. We filled a packed house at LeftBank Annex with well over 800 people, and showcased 78 birdhouses with an eclectic mix of style. What I love about this event is that it brings together communities to support each other. The design community, the art community, and the maker community intersect for one night to make it all happen. Building a birdhouse might be the catalyst, but giving back and raising money for Portland’s aspiring designers, artists, makers, and creative thinkers was our main goal.

Every year this event keeps getting better. We started early in the evening with our final sketchXchange of the year featuring Lisa Congdon as our guest artist. Lisa was the perfect speaker to wrap up the year, particularly because she encompasses so many things we love. She’s an illustrator, she’s an artist, and she’s a maker. She spoke to a sold out crowd of 200+ people and inspired and delighted us all. After sXc, we switched gears and the party really got started.

The night’s success goes out foremost to our WeMake team: Scott Baker, Tiffany Jennings,  Emily Oliva, Jessica Caldwell, Celestia Grace, Susie MorrisRachel Coddington, Robert Woodward, Megan Gex, Daniel Cole, Lea Loo, Chloe Miller, and Spencer Groshing for the many, many hours of work needed to pull the day off. Also, a big high five to Nathan Emerson, Jeremy Pair and Alise Munson for their contributions. Plus, a big thanks to the handful of volunteers who worked the night.

The night could not have been possible without the generous support of our main sponsors. THANK YOU! Vitamin T, Big Cartel, LAIKA, Campaign Monitor, and The Study. A special thank you to in-kind donations from Rose Bean Events, Scout Books, Jill Dryer, PrintGraphics, and Jeremy Pair. Lastly, thank you Adam Porterfield of Golden Rule Design,  School of Rock, Tanner Goods, DJ Coast2c, The Wine Nomad, LoveBomb Go-Go, the PSU graphic design student volunteers, the awesome Put A Bird In It judges and Design Week Portland.

For me, this year was especially close to my heart because of the organizations we are giving back to. As a kid growing up without much, I coveted my sketchbooks and guitar. It took me a while to discover that if I wasn’t making art, I was sad. I was classified as at-risk of not succeeding all through school because of race and economic status—much like the kids benefiting from Friendtership. I remember the day when I understood the path I should be on and I remembered the people that helped me to discover it within myself—people like you who care and believe in dreams.

For everyone who made a house and attended the event, thank you for coming out and celebrating with us. You’re super awesome!

Thank you to Daniel Cole,Susie Morris, and Jeremy Pair taking some great photos! Check out more photos herehere, and here