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!