Pin That Shit

RECAP: Design Week Portland 2017

It's seams like forever ago that we were in full Design Week mode. We of course went a little over board again with two awesome events. Our first event was a collaboration with the Portland Art Museum. We hosted the bad ass designer and illustrator, Tuesday Bassen for a super sketchXchange, moderated by Lisa Congdon and had over 200 people in for the talk. Tuesday spoke about when she first realized she was not content on doing work in other styles for jobs she didn't care much for, and how out of her frustration she drew up a little piece that basically said, Fuck it, and then posted it to Instagram. Turns out she was on to something and her audience loved it. From there she developed a rebel style that resonated with many people, and caught the attention of fashion giant Zara who plagiarized 15 pieces of her trademarked work and created replicas of her pins and patches to sell worldwide. When Tuesday became aware of the Zara fakes, she stood up for herself and fought them. She's still in the battle, but Zara has since pulled the merchandise from their shelves.

What I respect about Tuesday is her tenacity, and her go-for-it attitude. She is a young woman that knows what she wants. From opening her own shop to developing a line of clothing. Her newest venture is creating jeans for women from a size 3-33, an undertaking that takes a lot of courage and moxie. At the age of age of 26, Tuesday is still finding out what she wants, but she's doing so with style.

Two days later we paid tribute to the pin game game community with a gallery and fundraiser called, Pin That Shit! We knew that enamel pins were a craze, but we really had no idea that we would have over 60 artists participate and 600 pins for sale. The turnout across the board, from talent to the amount of people that showed up and bought pins was awesome! After lots of rain, the clouds parted and we even had some sun!

Pin That Shit! was a sweet event of small wonders. We raised over $3500 towards arts education and awarded our neighborhood school Boise Elliot $1500 to help fund their arts and music programs. We could not have done it without the help of the community, far and wide. All of the pin designs were amazing but we awarded a few stand outs for fun.

Above photos by WeMake photographer Alyse Gilbert

  • The Best in Show Award went to Figure 8 Creative  for their collection of feminism pins. The concepts were cheeky, relevant, and fun. And they really took the time to design the packaging in an elegant way. 
  • The Punch Pin Award went to Mike Aknin of the Good Hustle Company for his hip-hop urban style that sang proud and powerful all over.
  • The Fun Flair Award went to Indonesian artists Martcellia Liunic of Liunic On Things She submitted 20 handmade pins that were mind blowing, each one a small piece of art carefully designed and showcasing an array of style.
  • The Pinography Award went to local designer Danielle McCoy for her typographic driven pin that also sent a message of unity. It was clever and spot on.
  • Lastly, The Pintastic Award went to Bill Bubenik of Westpark Creative. His pins were cute as a button with a bite. They were also displayed on beautiful letterpress cards that simple balanced each pin design.

Above Photos by Brian McDonnell

I want to also give a shout out to The Taco Peddlar for making some awesome street tacos, Design Week Portland for putting together a platform where we could participate once again, and our amazing WeMake Team for really rallying to make both events a huge success.

See more photos here and here!

Pin That Shit!— With Makers From Around The World

Flair, we just LOVE it.
— WeMake

We can’t be more excited for this!
Thursday, April 27, Design Week at Tillamook Station

Pin That Shit is not your typical gallery show, but these small creations make big on their statements and style. We've asked over 60 artists from across the globe to participate in our Design Week gala for the sake of arts education. All of the pins will be up for sale with funds going towards our efforts to support this cause. The coolest thing about the show is that so many of the artists submitted 10 of their best pins from their collections. That means we will have over 600 unique pins from some of your favorite designers all in one room!

The Makers

The pins below are not necessarily the pins in the showcase, but a very good chance they could be. 

Images with Work in Progress, will be brand new pins and are in development!

be sure to follow along on Instagram at #pinthatshit


Aaron Draplin  Graphic designer, author and founder of Draplin Design Co. (DDC) and co-founder of Field Notes. Born in Detroit, Michigan, he is now based in Portland, Oregon. @draplin

Always With Honor is a Portland, Oregon-based design, branding and illustration studio. We believe in the power of visual systems, examined through icon sets, brand identities, signage, and illustration. We place value in sharp and clear messaging that maintains a level of warmth and personality. @alwayswithhonor


Adam Trabold  Lead Product Designer at Flywheel obsessed with design-as-thought-process, music, film, technology, and storytelling. @adamtrabold

Adam J. Kurtz is a designer, artist and the author of 1 Page at a Time and Pick Me Up, which have been translated into over a dozen languages. In addition to his “very personal” personal work, he’s collaborated with brands and cultural institutions like Urban Outfitters, the Brooklyn Public Library, Fishs Eddy and Strand Bookstore. @adamjk


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Allison Bamcat is a contemporary illustrator who creates lumpy props and characters suspended in a candy-coated universe. Her illustrations collide with her concentration in surface design, resulting in an array of bouncing conversational repeat prints. She resides in Malden, Mass. with her husband and two cats.

Andrew Lockhart is the one-man show behind Rockhart, a lifestyle brand that fuses the spirit of Rock with the iconography of retro video games. They create for the headbangers and button mashers and firmly believe that old school is the best school. @rockhart


Bill Bubenik, the simpleton behind West Park Creative, has been making letterpress stationery for years. His line of sweetly offensive letterpress greeting cards say what you really want to, but probably couldn’t get away with. with. @westparkcreativestl



Brett Stenson is a lettering designer and illustrator in Portland OR. Currently the art director at Jolby & Friends. @brettpstenson

+ Citizen is a design and technology company. We make digital experiences that work harder for people. @pluscitizen


Jenny Moede is CEO of Citizen and the amateur of this Pin That Shit! design team. She adds monsters into thrift-store paintings (preferably landscapes) in her off-hours and strong-armed the team into the monster theme.

Becca Charlier-Matthews is a designer, illustrator and animator working in Portland, OR. In her spare time she enjoys solo Ouija board sessions and going down dark hallways.

Ryan Mowery is an interaction designer and artist in Portland. He loves technology and ain't afraid of no ghosts.

Thane Lochtie is an interaction designer and illustrator in Portland, Oregon. He has a passion for simple and thoughtful design and a penchant for ghouls and spooks.


Bri Bulski is the owner of Little Arrow, an accessories brand based in Eugene, Oregon. Bri is the creative behind all of the products designed in the studio. She is heavily influenced by toys and memorabilia from her childhood and vintage clothing and accessories. @littlearrowshop

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Cate Anevski is an artist, illustrator, and maker extraordinaire living in the forests outside of Portland, Oregon. Her work is inspired by animals, books, dreams, nature, and a healthy splash of magic. She strives to create the sense of wonder and whimsy that resides in her imagination.

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Chad Landenberger was raised on 80’s cartoons, comic books and skateboarding—all of which influenced who he is today. Chad has worked as a graphic designer for nearly 10 years and he has worked with such local brands Intuition Ale Works and Green Room Brewing as well as international clients like Red Bull and Calvin Klein Golf.
Chad lives in Jacksonville, Florida @eyes_wide_awake


Chloe Ew was born and raised in Houston, TX, but has called Portland home since 2011. She is a passionate designer and illustrator, set on bringing happiness one lil' pin at a time. After searching high and low for the pin of her dreams, Chloe found that it was high time to make it herself. Thus her brand, Wizard Babe Co, was created. She never looked back. @wizardbabeco


Dan Christofferson aka BEETEETH is an illustrator and designer that draws on the abundant, religious heritage of his Utah upbringing to conceive a modern take on the symbols, icons, and emblems associated with generations of local customs.  @beeteeth

Dan Stiles Over the past twenty years, Dan has collaborated with everyone from indie bands to major corporations in creating posters, identities, advertising, custom packaging, and limited edition collectable art and merchandise. His clients range from Arctic Monkeys, Sonic Youth, and Wilco to the X Games, IBM, and Nickelodeon. He lives with his wife and daughters in Portland, Oregon. @danstiles

Danielle McCoy  is a PDX transplant originally from Antigua and Barbuda, twin islands in the Eastern Caribbean. She is an artist and designer, with a deep passion for social and racial justice advocacy. She is currently failing and learning and making and growing at Wieden+Kennedy.  @unlearnlimits


Dora Literell is a designer, illustrator, and a code lover. She’s endlessly enthusiastic, and uses bright color, a thoughtful approach, and humor to create work that is so happy it’s contagious. @computa.dora

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Emily McDowell is a writer, illustrator and entrepreneur who specializes in chronicling the human condition. Her work has been featured by The New York Times, Good Morning America, NBC Nightly News, BBC News, and NPR's All Things Considered and Morning Edition, among many others. In 2015, she was named one of Slate's 10 Designers Who Are Changing the World. @emilymcdowell_


Eric Reigert is currently working as a Studio Designer at W+K Portland. He's worked with a bevy of clients including, NIKE, Coca-Cola, Old Spice and Laika. He's recently had two illustrations featured in Belly Kids and Sugoi activity books. @eraeric

Evolve is a post-discipline design agency with a serious passion for collaboration and alway a little thinky thinky, makey makey. @evolvecollab

Designers —

Christian Freissler is one of the founding partners at Evolve. His upbringing in the world of impeccable German design shaped his love for Porsche and his obsession with perfect detail.

Wes Hare is a product designer that finds deep satisfaction in balancing visual as well as functional problem solving with product design.

Ute Peppersack is evolve’s dedicated, curious and skillful intern from University of Wuppertal.


Erik Buikema is a graphic designer and illustrator living in the Netherlands. His work focuses on translating everyday life into cheerful imagery. Preferably working with digital media, Erik likes to experiment with different styles that focus on creating bright images with a sense of humor.  @erikbuikema

Figure 8 Creative is a brand-building design and advertising agency in Portland, Oregon, that connects sharp design sensibility with remarkable storytelling.  

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Gemma O’Brien is an Australian artist and designer specializing in lettering, typography and illustration. Her work takes on a variety of forms, from calligraphic brushwork, illustrated letterforms and digital type, to large scale hand-painted murals. A number of her projects have been recognized by the New York Type Directors Club with Awards of Typographic Excellence.  @mrseaves101


Halle Cisco an illustrator, designer and educator. She has taken an art class here and there, but she is mostly self-taught. Halle prefers working with pen and ink, letterpress and screen printing but also uses the computer to add color and words to her drawings. She likes drawing animals, objects and random people. @hallecisco


Hayden Walker is a graphic designer and illustrator originally from Bridgeport, Texas but calls Portland home.  @haydenwalker10


Jason Sturgill is an artist based in Portland, Oregon specializing in conceptual work with a focus on character based illustration. Previously he was a graphic designer for Nike SB and Nike 6.0 in both apparel and brand design. He also spent several years at Wieden+Kennedy and Dark Horse Comics. @jdxpdx


Jean Jullien is a French graphic artist. His practice ranges from illustration to photography, video, costumes, installations, books, posters and clothing to create a coherent yet eclectic body of work. @jean_jullien


Jeff Immer is the founder of BIKLOPS, a branding agency in Portland Oregon. He loves cocktails, video games, his girlfriend, his cats and a pug, and he fucking loves design.  @biklops


Jillian Barthold is an illustrator and printmaker originally from nowhere. Jillian’s work is heavily inspired by the Japanese world view or aesthetic of wabi-sabi, travel, and child-like wonder. Her work acts as a magnifying glass to explore the everyday objects that surround us. @monstersongs


Julia Lopez-Mobilia  is a designer, Illustrator, and cat enthusiast from Austin, Texas. She is currently living in Portland, Oregon and designing fun stuff for The Brigade.  @juliachirps

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Little Friends of Printmaking Husband-and-wife team JW & Melissa Buchanan first made a name for themselves by designing and printing silkscreened concert posters, but soon branched out into further fields, designing fancy junk for whoever would pay them money. In addition to their work as illustrators and designers, they continue their fine art pursuits through exhibitions, lectures, and artists' residencies worldwide, spreading the gospel of silkscreen to anyone inclined to listen. The Little Friends currently live in Los Angeles with two very round cats. @littlefriendsof


Mean Folk is goods for people with bad attitudes, and run by Jon Testa. Jon is a designer and artist based
in Burlington, Vermont.  @meanfolk

His submitted collection also  includes the following artists—

Jeremy Dan Fish Fish’s education and work experience has led to a successful career as a fine artist and commercial illustrator. Finding a balance between exhibiting his work both across the US, and internationally in galleries and museums. While producing commercial illustration projects for a wide range of corporate and independent clients all around the world.  @mrjeremyfish

Tony Riff is a London based illustrator heavily influenced by pop culture, cartoons, and the weird and wonderful, with a habit for creating characters that tread the fine line between being sweet and innocent or dark and sinister.  @tonyriff

 Keenan Bouchard is a native Vermonter currently residing in Austin, Texas making marks at Rock of Ages Tattooing.  @keenanbouchardtattoo


Kate Bingaman-Burt is an illustrator and educator. Her work orbits around the objects in our lives: the things we buy, the things we discard, and the collectivity and social interaction that can arise from cycles of consumption. Some recent clients include IDEO, Uniqlo, Chipotle and Oprah Magazine. @katebingburt

HERENOW Creative is a creative and project management agency located in the Hollywood district in Portland. We specialize in 2D & 3D design and project management. Our have clients included Nike, Converse, Columbia, and Lyft. @herenowcreative


Logan Robert Kornhauser is an Art Director currently living in Portland and working with R/GA. He draws on things, hunts for good bagels, and can't believe it actually rains this much in Oregon. @voidofcourse


Liunic On Things is a Jakarta, Indonesia based illustration studio focusing on wearable drawings with honest and relatable art featuring cute graphic doodles and animals.

Art Director & Illustrator, Martcellia Liunic found her joy in sharing her feelings and experience through wearable drawings that people can relate to. With the help of her sister, Owi Liunic, they are continually inspired by their feelings, animals, japan and sometimes apathy towards the world around them.  @liunic


Mark Caneso is a type designer and lettering artist whose work ranges from custom type design to visual identity. His client base spans across the globe with international recognition in publications such as: Communication Arts, Print Magazine & the Type Directors Club.  @markcaneso

Mette Hornung Rankin is a designer and illustrator with a focus on packaging, books, branding and finding interesting interpretations of everyday life as the design studio Bureau of Betterment. Her approach is a hybrid of minimalistic Scandinavian influence and roughly optimistic pioneer spirit, combining functionality and efficiency with personality and verve.  @fromthebureau


Michael Possert, Jr has a passion to convey ideas and storytelling effectively through visual and handmade means. Starting at the age of five he made his first model kit, a battleship that promptly took to the lake and sank. At age eight, he started using models, miniature sets and basic visual effects in Super-8 movies with the neighborhood kids. Having worked on a variety of movies since then, he has been exposed to many materials and techniques in the art and craft of fabrication. He currently works in stop motion at Laika Studios. @circa1964

Mike Aknin founded Good Hustle Company in 2016 as an urban lifestyle brand. Their current focus is on on enamel pins and patches with plans to expand to t-shirts and limited prints soon. Good hustle's brand and art is greatly influenced by the golden era hip hop era. @goodhustlecompany

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Morgan Braaten is a Portland based graphic designer and illustrator who works as the product designer for Nutcase Helmets. Her favorite part of the job is working on their line of children's helmets, where she gets to draw plenty of robots, pirates and even the occasional cat. @mbraat


Natelle Quek is an illustrator currently based in Gainesville, Florida. She runs her small business Natelle Draws Stuff full time, designing flair and accessories for fun people who love fun things. When she's not hunched over her laptop drawing animals, Natelle likes to go on hikes, collect succulents, and visit the local animal shelter to give the cats and pups lots of cuddles.  @natelledrawsstuff

Nick Misani is the senior designer at Louise Fili Ltd, Nicholas creates quintessentially Italian, historically-inspired design and lettering every day. Born in Milan into a family of jewelry designers, with formal training in architecture and industrial design. He is a part of the ADC Young Guns, and has been featured in Print Magazine, Fast Company, The Dieline, The Type Director’s Club, Quipsologies/UnderConsideration, Novum, and AIGA. @nickmisani


Official Mfg. Co., a multidisciplinary creative studio based in Portland, believes it's easy to make things pretty, but hard to make them matter. Regardless of the type of client, or the project at hand, they search for meaningful insights and then set out to express them in the best way possible. @omfgco


Rambling Hands is the collective efforts of artists, Andreia Claro and Patrick Egan. A creative vessel for which we can bring forth our passions, along with those of like minded individuals.  @ramblinghands


Robert Hernandaz of  The Lighter Type which was created out of a desire to make and design awesome stuff with a focus on typography. And we mean great stuff. Stuff to be proud of. Stuff you could wear. Stuff you could decorate your home with. Stuff you want to show off. Because what’s the point of having cool stuff if you don’t share it with the world? @thelightertype


Rory Phillips is a freelance graphic designer and illustrator. He is originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland but currently lives and works in Portland, Oregon. Rory has been lucky enough to work on a wide range of different projects; from animation and storyboarding, to papercraft and game design (plus just about everything in-between). He loves making things and hates writing about himself. RoryPhillips


Sarah Anderson founded City of Industry by in July 2013. Raised in Utah, Sarah named the shop after her home state's motto, Industry, and after her second home, New York City, where she found an inspiring community of creative people. The pins are created for makers and hobbyists: they are badges of honor for the people with specific passions, especially those who make things with their hands. Over the years, this one-woman company's product line has expanded to include a variety of accessories, gifts, and home goods. @cityindustry


Sara Lyons is a PROFESSIONAL WEIRDO,  artist, illustrator, and product designer from Anaheim, California. Whatever Forever.  @saramlyons


Samantha Leung owns Handmade Sam Made. Sam is a designer & maker of pins & mobiles. Sam loves plants & making things by hand. @handmadesammade

Scout Books are custom notebooks made with love in Portland, OR using recycled materials and vegetable-based inks. Our small team of makers prints and binds them in our shop, using equipment that runs on renewable energy. We work with a diverse range of clients and collaborators, including creative agencies, innovative brands, nonprofits, and educational institutions. We're proud to have partnered with WeMake on many collaborations and events over the years! @scoutbooks

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Superduper was started in 2015 by Danny Rutledge, a designer and artist living and working in Seattle, WA. Our goal is to add some fun and flair to your everyday and to stand as a reminder that you're freaking awesome and doing a Superduper job at being you. @danny_rutledge


Super Team Deluxe is a collaborative funhouse churning out products we like for other people that might like them too. @superteamdeluxe


Sean McMahon owns Brewery Outfitters in Portland, Oregon. He makes custom merch for your brewery, agency, band or brand. @breweryoutfitters


Sean Walsh is Secret Society Goods, an amalgamation of scab dust, deep shadows, and the feeling that you are being watched while you sleep. Sean has been making art and design through both traditional and digital mediums for the better part of his existence, but more recently has begun channeling these efforts into a line of wearable accessories and art prints. Proudly hailing from swamplands of Orlando, Florida, he has shown work at Redefine Gallery Orlando, MOCA Miami and Helium Creative Fort Lauderdale.  @secretsocietygoods

Studio Mega is a dynamic creative team based in Portland, Oregon. We think big for partners of all sizes who believe in the power of design to move hearts and minds and achieve something better. @_studiomega


Pinroll Press was started by three friends in Chicago looking for an excuse to create some happy in the world. Our enamel pins not only add flair to any outfit, but they also spark conversations about long forgotten treasures of the past. Or maybe just about what color blow-up chair you had.  @pinrollpress

Thomas Le Dluz is a French Illustrator that moved to Portland on a visa 3 years ago, and currently is a graphic designer at Nemo Design. @thomasledluz


Tuesday Bassen is an award winning illustrator and designer living in Los Angeles, CA. She lives with three dachshunds named Gus, Scully, and Baby. She works with clients ranging from The New Yorker to Fuck Yeah Fest. To see more of Tuesday's illustration work, check out Want to know more? Read Tuesday's interview with The Great Discontent.  @tuesdaybassen

Hey, like Tuesday? Join us on Tuesday, April 25 at the Portland Art Museum for a special sXc for more Tuesday.

Theatre of the Absurd is an ongoing exploration and collection of all that is absurd. @theatre.of.the.absurd

Uncorked Studios is a product design and development company focused on the relationship between digital environments and the physical world.  @uncorkedstudios


Jessica Hische is a world-famous letterer, illustrator, type designer, and relentless procrastiworker since 2009 and have worked for (and continue to work for) a lot of wonderful clients like Wes Anderson and Penguin Books. @jessicahische

Badge Bomb works with inspiring artists to design smart gifts from ideas they believe in.  They sell buttons, magnets, enamel pins, patches, stickers, art prints, and more. All buttons and magnets are manufactured in Portland. @badge_bomb

Pin That Shit! A Creative Affair to Show Off Your Flair

Please join WeMake in an open house and fundraiser for arts education. 


Pin that Shit! A Creative Affair to Show Off Your Flair is a gallery showcase of enamel pins from across the globe. The collection of pins will be up for sale to help support our mission of design-in-action and giving back to the community. Collector items, a pin swap, and hands-on making will take place.

We encourage attendees to Show Off Your Flair at the event!


More Details Coming Soon!

A Special Design Week Portland sketchXchange with Tuesday Bassen

My childhood was spent building up this idea of womanhood through the women in my life, so it’s not a struggle to come up with artwork about that. It’s so much a part of me, and it makes me sad that it’s not for some other women. That’s why it’s exciting that my work can be that for them.

WeMake is proud to host the award winning illustrator, designer, and rebel Tuesday Bassen for a night of process, inspiration, and fun. The talk will be moderated by local illustrator and fine artist Lisa Congdon, and will take place at The Portland Art Museum.

When: Tuesday evening, april 25th from 7-9pm
Cost: $15
Register below!

All attendees will receive a special Scout Book as well as other fun surprises!

Tuesday Bassen’s carefree-girl-gang-pop-style is fun, rebellious, and bold. (We love that about her.) Her clients include Lucky Peach, Playboy, The New Yorker, United Nations, Nike, Adidas, and more. Tuesday also owns an online store where she sells illustrated wares and has a brick and mortar shop called Friend Mart in Los Angeles.

We are stoked to have her as our guest along with long-time friend Lisa Congdon. It will be great to have Lisa on the other end of the mic asking questions and digging deep into what inspire Tuesday's work.

We couldn't ask for a better venue and supporter than The Portland Art Museum. We hope to see you there!

A Special DWPDX sketchXchange with Tuesday Bassen