Mary Kate McDevitt

Book Release & Workshop with Mary Kate McDevitt

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We are so happy to welcome the talented Miss Mary Kate McDevitt back to Portland to celebrate the release of her new book, “Hand Lettering Ledger— A Practical Guide to Creating, Serif, Script, Illustrative, and Other Totally Original Hand-Drawn Styles”.

We hope you will join us for a night of inspiration and lettering workshop with Mary Kate as we learn a little bit about her process to create and get a chance to play with type through lessons directly from the book.

When: Saturday Night, April 26th, 2014

Time: 6pm-9pm

Door’s open at 5:00pm and workshop will begin promptly at 6:00pm

Where:Tillamook Station 665 N. Tillamook Street, PDX 97227

Cost: $25 Each attendee will receive a copy of the book.

Registration is NOW OPEN, as always space is limited. Don’t forget to bring your favorite pen’s!

Book Release and Workshop with Mary Kate McDevitt
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Find Your Inspiration

"This hands-on workbook is the ultimate tool for designers and creatives looking to tap into the trend of hand-drawn typography. Master letterer Mary Kate McDevitt lends her expertise with tips (which pens to try, what styles are best for which applications), technical guidance (typographical terminology, stroke order), and tons of style examples to emulate from swooping scripts to distinctive drop caps. Dozens of practice sheets offer aspiring letterers plenty of space to learn and master a range of type treatments and flourishes."

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Mary Kate McDevitt is an illustrator and graphic designer known for her text-based prints and Mini Goal Chalkboard designs. Her work has been praised by SwissMiss, Print, Poppytalk, Apartment Therapy, Design*Sponge, and more. Mary Kate lives in Brooklyn, NY.     

Hope to see you there!

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When: Saturday Night, April 26th, 2014

Time: 6pm-9pm

Door’s open at 5:00pm and workshop will begin promptly at 6:00pm

Where:Tillamook Station 665 N. Tillamook Street, PDX 97227

Cost: $25 Each attendee will receive a copy of the book.

Registration is NOW OPEN, as always space is limited. Don’t forget to bring your favorite pen’s!

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WeMake Screensaver by Mary Kate McDevitt

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I made this illustration for a screenprinting workshop we had at Magnetic North with We Make. We printed it on t-shirts and koozies. I’ll tell you more about the amazing event we had later but for now, enjoy this desktop wallpaper. 

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Holiday Shopping with Magnetic North

We’re gearing up for our workshop with Magnetic North this Friday at 6pm. In addition to the collaborative screen printing project we’ll be working on, we wanted to let you know that the retail store will be open for business as well.

Squeeze in some early holiday shopping and support local makers!

Magnetic North has an awesome array of handmade goods, t-shirts, prints, and other goodies that will make perfect gifts this holiday season. One of the reasons we love Portland is that the community celebrates each other in so many ways, and the holiday season is the perfect opportunity to support local artists. If you’re looking to cross a few names off your shopping list this year, be ready to find some unique treasures on Friday night.

To get a taste of what you’ll find in the store, you can check out the online stores of Mary Kate McDevitt, Man vs. Ink, and Man’s Face Stuff.  

Even if you’re not able to make it to the workshop on Friday, the Magnetic North store is open Tuesday-Saturday from 11-6pm (or by appointment). Be sure to drop in and say hello! 

WeMake Screen Printing Workshop with Magnetic North

WeMake is teaming up with the talented folks at Magnetic North to bring you our final discovery workshop of 2012. Mark your calendars for Friday, November 9th and join us in making a collective screen-printed poster! There will be a studio tour, hand lettering demos, and you will learn how to create a silkscreen project from start to finish. 

Magnetic North is the studio and gallery space of Mary Kate McDevitt, Fred DiMeglio, K.B. Sawyer, Lacey Van Nortwick, BT Livermore, and Man’s Face Stuff. They make magic in the form of handmade goods, silkscreen tees, hand lettering and signs, letterpress, and woodcuts. 

Workshop Details

DATE OF THE EVENT: Friday, November 9, 2012

TIME: 6 - 9pm 

PLACE: Magnetic North, 5120 NE 42nd Ave Portland, OR 97218

COST: $20 (materials included)

REGISTRATION BEGINS: Friday, November 2nd at 9am

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Magnetic North has a really creative idea for this workshop. Everyone who comes will get to help create a collaborative silkscreened poster based on the theme, “What inspires you to create?” 

We’ll each make a small drawing (it can be hand-lettered, an illustration, doodles, almost anything!) about what inspires us. Each person’s artwork will be combined into one collective poster design. The Magnetic North team will walk us through the silkscreen process using this design as a demo.

We’ll learn about exposing an image onto a screen, the type of equipment and ink being used, and then finally the actual printing process. At the end of the night you’ll have a one-of-a-kind poster to take home created by you and your fellow makers.

There will also be screens set up for you to get hands-on and print an item of your own. Bring a cotton t-shirt, tote bag, or any small item you’d like to print on.

About Magnetic North

Magnetic North has been actively involved with the design community since their grand opening in May. You may have seen some of their work recently with Design Week Portland and our Put a Bird In It auction. Paul Searle had a chance to film the team working on their birdhouses last month.

I had the opportunity to speak with Mary Kate, Fred, and BT recently and I was curious about the people and ideas behind Magnetic North.

What is Magnetic North? 

Fred: 

It is a studio where we can make our work, but this space has also created its own identity that really explored in our retail shop. We’re new, but we’re looking forward into the future. We want to develop a line of products and art that is Magnetic North.

How many people work here?

BT:

There are five of us, and the mustache wax company works out of here as well.

Fred:

Mary Kate and I were actually looking to expand. We had our basement up and running as our print shop and then BT and Karen, who is our studio mate, were looking for a new place and it just seemed like the right time to do it. We looked at probably eight or nine other spaces in different parts of the city but we were looking for something that had character. Something that had been used as a different space like an old gas station.

Mary Kate:

This used to be an old auto body shop. We have a tiny retail space and we get people who come in who are doing really cool things. They’re so excited that we’re here.

What is it about Portland that you find exciting as far as the design community, and how do you see yourselves fitting in there?

BT:

I think what’s exciting to me is that it is so much of a community. In other places people are doing their own thing. But here there’s so much collaboration, or at least friendly vibes amongst the people. Everyone’s so excited to share what they’re working on and you can’t help but be inspired.

Fred:

People get excited about it. That’s the whole reason we came out here. It seems like the place to be creative in the US right now. I think coming from the east coast it was sort of night and day the way that people look at creatives and artists. Here people respect you and they see the value of art. In addition to the community of great makers and artists, there is also a buying community that supports and values the creatives and allows them to thrive.

What inspires you? What are your sources of inspiration for design?

Mary Kate:

I always like vintage design. Vintage advertising, the overly decorative lettering and things like that.

BT:

I’ve been working a lot as a sign painter these days. My inspiration is similar to Mary Kate’s but I focus on a lot more on incredibly simple, almost industrial typography. That works well with sign painting.

Fred: 

I’m inspired by the vintage, the industrial, and the same as these guys which is why we found ourselves here. That’s really what Magnetic North is. We kicked around about 30 different names. We were talking about signs and the idea of direction and guiding, as well as this old-world craftsman field. BT said “Magnetic North” we were like “That’s it!” The revival of hand-craftsmanship is what inspires me. 

Our workshop this fall is about screen printing. What is it about printing that gets you excited and that you want people to take away from the workshop?

Fred: 

It is a skill that you can learn quickly and inexpensively on a really small scale. I started out in my parent’s garage and then I when we moved to Portland we were living in a one-bedroom apartment and I was working out of a closet.

Teaching people and getting them excited about starting a small-scale operation is really liberating, really empowering. You can do it with little start-up money and space. 

Save the Date: November 9th

Keep an eye out for more details and info about registration. Thanks for making this such an amazing year to be a Portland designer/maker/artist/person. We can’t wait to wrap up the year with this exciting workshop. See you there!