fall 2016

Is it time you got involved?

WeMake, a 501(C)(3) nonprofit arts organization based in Portland, OR is seeking a creative professional to join our Executive Board as the Treasurer. The Treasurer is assigned the primary responsibility of overseeing the management and reporting of WeMake's finances. 

The ideal candidate comes from a creative background. You don't have to be an accountant, however good project or account managing and producer skills is a plus. As a board member you have vital input in strategizing the planning of our yearly events with the executive team. You'll also have opportunities to share your skills in other capacities if you would like to, however you would not be committed to working on sub-teams, planning for events, or attending all of the events. WeMake plans a total of 8-10 events a year, including our annual fundraiser and design conference WeMake Celebrates.

Your role- To keep WeMake's finances in order, pay bills, manage budgets, provide regular profit and loss reports, stay on top of our bank account, provide financial transaction oversight, and be the main liaison between WeMake and our contract accountant who manages our tax preparations and nonprofit status. Monthly board meeting attendance will be required, along with providing a short treasurer’s report. Position starts January 3rd, 2016, and the commitment is two years minimum. 

Benefits to the position- WeMake is a respected leader in the Portland design community. We are a grassroots organization, that is process and community-first driven. There is no membership fees to attend our happenings, and our team, including the executive team are non-paid volunteers. We are passionate about supporting the design and art community and giving back through design-in-action. Over the last five years WeMake has featured over 500 makers and raised over $50,000 to support the mission of arts education. What started as a passion project remains so today. Being a part of the WeMake team gives you a platform to make a difference in your community. It also gives you up-close access to inspirational workshops, speakers, and a collaborative team that cultivates creativity and encourages making the things we want to be making.

To apply, please send your resume to hi@wemakepdx.com. We want to know why you are interested in applying, and what are your passions. 

Thank you!

RECAP: Adobe Resident, Christine Herrin/ Storytelling & Book Making Workshop

In this workshop, graphic designer, letterer and Adobe Creative Resident Christine Herrin guided attendees through her process of working from analog to digital. Each participant used a favorite phrase or bit of inspiration from the WeMake conference the day before as a starting point to create their own unique page in a collaborative book. 

Participants incorporated original handmade elements using brushes, markers, and paint. The fun started when they took their illustrations and transformed them digitally with the Adobe Apps: Adobe Capture and Adobe Draw.  Using iPads, their illustrations were photographed with Adobe Capture, and then transformed into instantly editable vector art in Adobe Draw. Color and other digital details we added with Apple Pens, and the final pieces were bound together in a book for each to take home.

For a full photo recap of the workshop, click here


RECAP—Playing with type, A workshop with Mark Caneso

We like letters and words, and words that go both ways that make us laugh and go wow! That's what type designer and letterer Mark Caneso does so flawlessly. We were so excited to have Mark teach a lettering class with us at WeMake Celebrates, especially since he also designed the Process is Golden type that helped to set the vibe for this years conference, and is totally awesome!

A few examples of Mark's ambigrams.

About 40 people attended the workshop on late Saturday afternoon. The class was focused on exercises to get everyone's brains thinking about the process of working with the letterform.  There was introduction to parameter based drawing and how to look at words from all angles. Attendees took part in drawing over other peoples work where they set rules for how they wanted things done.  This was a challenge but also created a fun collaborative experience.

In the end people where introduced to working with Ambigrams. There were some fun results. I still don't know how he makes it seem so easy, but he does!

Check out more photos from the workshop here. 

Behind the Scenes—WeMake Celebrates 2016, Process is Golden

Every attendee received this  golden pin  attached to their conference badge. Type design: Mark Caneso

Every attendee received this golden pin attached to their conference badge. Type design: Mark Caneso

Making requires a process. A commitment to the art is a journey, a rhythmic dance that plays out over time. Sometimes you need a friend to help take you there. Sometimes you have to take risks and walk on the wild side. It’s the steady pulse of the beat that pushes you towards the end result, and the golden process that transforms thoughtful movements to create a final score. 

We're still coming down from last Friday's conference WeMake Celebrates— a gathering of creative makers whose stories of process unfolded on the stage throughout the day. For us it was huge process to get there, and worth every minute. Putting on a conference is not only an adrenaline high, but also a journey that begins with commitment, strategy, and a lot of elbow grease. WeMake Celebrates has always been a big celebration of our work and our community. It's a platform to fundraise for arts education and to keep us sustainable. We couldn't do it without the support of so many people and the community of awesome collaborators! 

Just getting started. Thanks to all the volunteers for making it look good inside!

Just getting started. Thanks to all the volunteers for making it look good inside!

This year's theme, Process is Golden reminded us to keep it old school, and to always remember to take the necessary steps towards the end goal. Because it is about the journey, and the journey can be messy, it can be frustrating, and testing. But it's also the place where we can discover different ways of thinking, new ways of making, and be delighted by the simplest moments and outcomes. For those of you who attended, we thank you for your support and we hope you left feeling as inspired as we did. 

Lisa Congdon, our Emcee preparing notes back stage.

Lisa Congdon, our Emcee preparing notes back stage.

As mentioned before, there are a lot of moving pieces and people behind the scenes that helped to make this year a success and a day full of inspiration. I want to thank these amazing makers for making it happen, and for celebrating Portland's creative community with us. 

The WeMake Crew: Alise Munson, Clay Walsh, Amy Frazer, Celestia Grace, Megan Gex, Susie Morris, Daniel Cole, and Andrew Eastman. A special thank you to all of the volunteers who helped day of too!

Our Emcee: Lisa Congdon

All the folks who helped us Play in the Mezzanine: 
The Artists Drawing Booth— Kinoko EvansAlex Despain, Maggie WauklynNicole AndrijauskasDominic Devenuta, Adrienne VitaViolet ReedGuy BurwellKaralie Juraska, and Amy Kuttab

Interactive fun with: Mike Orhan Silkscreening, Jeremy Pair Photography, and Instrument

The Event Logo Type: Mark Caneso

The Graphics: The Study crew who designed all of the event graphics, and videos for social media.

Our recycled pencil cases!: Jessica Caldwell of Make/Mend

Our Sponsors: Adobe, Weiden+Kennedy, The Study, Swift CollectiveCreative CircleScout BooksSokol Blosser, and Widmer Brothers

Our in-kind sponsors that hooked us up with swag and other elements: AxiomAlexandria Cummings CeramicsKINDKirikoNorth DrinkwareOmero CellarsPortland Monthly MagazineRed BullTanner Goods, West Coast Papers, Mohawk Papers, and The Goodwell Company.

Swag bag love for our speakers!

Swag bag love for our speakers!

We hope to see you all next year for another amazing day where we play, learn, and make. Be sure to check out the formal recap coming soon!

Stay Golden Maker!