Supporting the IPRC with $12,000 donation

Print is not dead and storytelling is a vital element of creative expression.

During the month of love, we are so excited to announce WeMake’s $12,000 donation to the Independent Publishing Resource Center (IPRC), a Portland non-profit providing invaluable resources and tool to our amazing maker community. Our donation builds on the generosity of many IPRC supports who have donated to a recent Kickstarter campaign to fund the organization’s move into a new space this summer.

"I am absolutely thrilled to be working with the fine folks at WeMake and to have them supporting our mission at the IPRC!"
-- Brian Tibbetts, Interim Executive Director Independent Publishing Resource Center

This is one of WeMake’s largest contributions in its seven-year history. Over the non-profit’s existence, we have donated about $95,000 raised through community design-in-action initiatives.

"We need organizations like IPRC to flourish and I am thrilled that WeMake can help to that happen. Congratulations on your twentieth anniversary, you are amazing!”
- Yvonne Perez Emerson, WeMake founder

None of this would be possible without the support of Portland’s maker community, artists and volunteers who have donated their time and talent at sketchXchanges, workshops and our WeMake Celebrates conference since 2012. 

This year, we will continue to support local arts education by donating all the proceeds from our 2018 events.

Thank you, everyone! 

About the IPRC
Now in its 20th year of operation the IPRC’s mission is to provide affordable access to self-publishing resources and outreach programs serving Portland’s marginalized communities including those experiencing incarceration and home-/houseless-ness; at-risk youth, vulnerable adults and LGBTQ community members.


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!