Wemake Workshop

WeMake DISRUPTS, Workshop Recap

On our second day of the conference we hosted 5 workshops around town, two of them were in our headquarters at Tillamook Station and 2 were at other studios. It was a perfect way to end the weekend. Thank you to everyone who came out!

Workshop Highlights

Papercrafting and Stop Motion Animation with Tommy Perez


Resistance Art with Lisa Congdon


Photos by Alex Cooper + The WeMake Team

Risograph Printing with Kate Bingamon-Burt


Photos by Susie Morris

Sign Painting with Travis Wheeler


Photos by Susie Morris

Elli Lume— Klume House Workshop

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Ellie Lume is a maker and a teacher. She started Klum House studio because teaching is fulfilling, and she loves curating fun, educational, and empowering experiences that encourage people to be adventurous with their own creativity. She encourages and inspires people to make their ideas a reality, whether that takes the form of handmade products or a creative business.  We were not only beyond thrilled to have Ellie and her team make our custom conference bags, but also host a workshop so attendees could make their very own bag, in three hours no less!

Photos by Rowan Bradley. See more here!

Nick Misani Art Deco Workshop

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As part of WeMake Celebrates 2017 we hosted a few workshops, and was thrilled to have keynote speaker Nick Misani in for a lettering workshop. Nick shared his process and a little about his story into the world of hand lettering. He made a beautiful workbook and sketchbook for each attendee, and guided them into the world of art deco type. 

Photos by Rowan Bradley. See more here!

betsy & iya: The Beauty Behind the Brand

betsy & iya describes their customers as “the woman who laughs a little too loud in the fancy restaurant, talks her way out of speeding tickets, and watches strangers kiss.” On May 7, we're calling all bold and bright individuals to join us for a Discover Workshop with the gifted and gracious mind behind this brand, Betsy Cross. This is a rare opportunity for jewelry makers and design enthusiasts to hear and learn first hand from one of our city’s most successful makers. Not only will you leave the workshop with a personally crafted cuff, you will also gain a greater sense of how to approach jewelry design from the mastermind of betsy & iya herself. Click here to sign up (seats are going fast)!

Beyond the gorgeous pendants, cut-out cuffs, and bold earrings is a brand that defines every meaning of success in our local maker scene. They have the right materials, an esteemed mix of craftsmanship, an arsenal of fantastic jewelry lines, and a heartfelt company culture. Betsy and her husband and partner Will Cervarich are the beating center of this thriving brand, and they aren’t afraid to be transparent and genuine.

Betsy’s interest in jewelry began at a bead shop where she worked during graduate school and blossomed during her time abroad in Mexico City. When she found her career at a crossroad, she decided to devote herself to her passion. “I was pretty broke at the time and felt like I didn’t have anything to lose. I put everything into it then opened up a really small studio,” she said in an interview with us in 2014. “No good things come from timid steps.” Today, they have a bustling brick and mortar where Bety’s ideas turn into wearable works of art, handcrafted by nine in-house makers. 

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At our WeMake Celebrates Conference last year, Betsy sat on our "Small Scale" panel and discussed she balances national success while still remaining the neighborhood shop around the corner that makes everything by hand. "I have the most success as a designer when I make mistakes and let those mistakes show me where to go," she said during the event.

Betsy is a great resource for the makers in our city. She is a brimming well of inspiration and positive thinking. Whether you follow betsy & iya on instagram or peruse their Youtube channel, there is so much to glean from this great brand. Whether you are a budding jewelry maker, or just want to get your hands dirty, we hope you will join us on Saturday, May 7 for a great day of making with Betsy Cross.

betsy & iya Jewelry Workshop
Saturday, May 7 from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Place: Tillamook Station
Click here for more information and to reserve your seat!

Recap: The Art Of Fly Fishing— A Workshop With Eric Hillerns

“Overcast days like this are the best for casting on the river,” said Eric Hillerns as he flicked a fishing rod back and forth across NE TIllamook Street. A group of twenty fly fishing novices had gathered for a workshop on the sport and a lesson on tying flies by hand. Eric HIllerns, a brand strategist at Ovo, shared over 30-years of fishing experience with the group over the three-hour workshop held on Saturday, March 5.

The morning session started with a thorough overview of the sport’s nearly 2,000 year-old-history. Hillerns shared Claudius Aelians writing from 175 AD, which touched on the Ancient Greek’s use of red wool lures. Next we heard about Izaak Walton’s The Compleat Angler, which was updated over a 25-year stretch as the sport quickly evolved in 15th century England. Finally, Hillerns shared modern wisdom from Bernard ‘Lefty’ Kreh, the American fisherman who took the sport into saltwater in the 1950s.

Using flies instead of bait helps anglers catch as many different species as possible with a beautiful artificial lure. Dry flies appeared in the 18th century, and drastically changed the game. Unlike baited hooks, the fly sits on top of the water, allowing the fisherman to see the line at all times. It allows them to focus on the fish that prey on winged insects by presenting and imitating a meal right where the fish expects it.

Oregon is a mecca for the fly fisherman, and the spring season marks the hatchings of insects such as the stonefly, mayfly, caddisfly, and an assortment of midges. Hatches will ignite on the surface waters of the rivers across the state, attracting fish as well as anglers. Hillerns noted that the Deschutes River in Central Oregon is good for catching trout and steelhead. Around the same area, the Metolius is known for rainbow and brown trout alike. The McKenzie River near Eugene is where hatching mayflies attract local trout. Springing down from Mt. Hood, the Sandy River also has trout and steelhead that feed on surface-grazing stoneflies. On the Clackamas River, closest to Portland, you may find salmon and steelhead.

After understanding the duties of a fly, Hillerns showed us the art of tying one by hand. Selecting a fly depends on your location and target fish. These animals are use to seeing particular bugs on their waters, and Hillerns pointed out particular tools and resources to help ensure you come to the waters equipped with what the fish are hungry for. Just like any art form, HIllerns suggested focusing perfecting a few patterns first. The Woolly Bugger is a classic catch-all type of fly. Participants hunkered down on their vices, threaded their bobbins, and within 25 minutes had tied their very first fly.

Check out more photos here. All photos by Daniel Cole.