WeMake Design Week Lettering Exploration

Yay! Design Week is rapidily approaching and we are bringing three amazing events to celebrate!


sketchXchange with Jordan Metcalf,
moderated by Erik Marinovich


South African (newly relocated to Portland) designer and illustrator Jordan Metcalf explains his creative process and shares the magic of his imagination during this inspiring talk. His breathtaking typography and lettering has appeared on the covers of National Geographic and Oprah Magazine and in The New York Times Magazine, plus on walls, editorial pages, packaging, book covers and apparel for Nike and Reebok. Jordan’s consistent mastery of emoting type is pushing boundaries in the design world, and this is a rare opportunity to meet and learn from Jordan himself.

We also welcome San Francisco based lettering artist and designer Erik Marinovich. Erik is also the co-founder of Friends of Type. Since 2009 he has drawn letters, logos and type for nice folks like: Nike, Target, Google, Hilton, Facebook, Sonos, Sharpie, The Criterion Collection, Air Canada, Gap, Ford Motor Company. In 2012 he co-founded Title Case, a creative work space that conducts workshops and lectures. Between client work, teaching and side-projects, you’ll find him on the road promoting Keep Fresh Stay Rad and Let’s Go Letter Hunting, two new releases from Friends of Type published by Princeton Architectural Press.

sXc with designer and illustrator Jordan Metcalf 
moderated by designer and letterer
Erik Marinovich.

Door open at 6 pm. The talk starts at 7 pm.

The first 100 people at the event will receive an exclusive 9" x 9" print designed by Jordan exclusively for DWP, and all proceeds benefit arts education in Portland.


Lettering Workshop with Jessica Hische


On Wednesday, April 18, lettering super star Jessica Hische (co-founder of Title Case in San Fransisco) will lead a 3-hour lettering workshop, guaranteed to inspire and leave you in awe. The class will work through a conceptual lettering project from starting idea to finished sketch, with plenty of tips, tricks, and helpful criticism along the way. If you can’t place her name, you already know her work: the USPS Love stamp, Mail Chimp’s logo and her title design for Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom. You won’t ever be the same.


26— A Lettering Show


Join 26 international, national, and local typographers and letterers as they display their exclusive 9x9 prints, created using only three colors — black, metallic gold, and WeMake orange. Each of the artist’s 40 limited-edition prints showcases a letter, word, or phrase, and will be available for purchase. Some of the letterers participating include Gemma O’Brien, Tobias Hall, Erik Marinovich, Maia Then, Nick Misani, Mary Kate McDermott, Masgrimes and Zach Yarrington. You’ll only be able to purchase these prints at this once-in-a-lifetime show, and 100% of the proceeds go towards funding arts education in Portland.

26—A Lettering Show

Participating Artists: 
Joseph Alessio, San Francisco
Craig Black, UK
Pies Brand, Portland
Thomas Bradley, Portland
Colt Bowden, McMinnville
Mark Caneso, Austin
Anna Drivis, Sweden
Martina Flor, Berlin
Tobias Hall, UK
Josh Higgins, San Francisco
Jessica Hische, San Francisco
Dani Loureiro, Portland
Shauna Lynn, Orlando
Erik Marinovich, San Francisco
Masgrimes, Portland
Mary Kate McDevitt, Philadelphia
Hope Meng, San Francisco
Jordan Metcalf, Portland
Nick Misani, New York City
Gemma O’Brien, Australia
Pascal "KKADE" Flühmann, Switzerland
Brett Stenson, Portland
Maia Then, British Columbia
Brian Patrick Todd, Louisville
Travis Wheeler, Portland
Zach Yarrington, Portland

The show is free and prints will be on sale $20 each, with 100% of the proceeds going towards arts education.

Food and drinks will be available for purchase, too.

Friday 4/20

Learn to Burn, A Woodburning Workshop with Make & Mary & Electric Lettuce

Although this is technically not a WeMake hosted event, it is happening in our headquarters at Tillamook Station. Use the discount code WeMakeMM for $10 off.  

Find out more at Make & Mary


Asa Bree Sieracki Nail Workshop

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Portland native Asa Bree Sieracki has always had a call for the wild creative. She started making jewelry and selling it online at the age of 14, and later worked as a make-up artist for MAC. Now her medium is of a smaller scale.

Asa is a nail art connoisseur at Fingerbang and she is in such high demand that many of her reservation books are closed. Elle Magazine named her a global influencer, and her work has been featured on MTV Australia, Nylon, Refinery29, and PopSugar. Her client list goes beyond her daily customers to include: Nike, Adidas, and Weiden + Kennedy. She is also a frequent contributor to industry standard magazines such as NailPro Magazine and Nails Magazine. When she is not painting small scale, she hand-paints leather jackets under the name Aces High Trading Company.

Asa took part in the WeMake Celebrates conference in October. She along with four other local entrepreneurs shared their story in a 5x5 format, five slides and five minutes. Of course she was amazing! As part of the conference Asa also had a workshop that brought attendees from all over the globe in to attend—from British Columbia, to New Orleans, Los Angeles, Florida and more. It was her first workshop, but she killed it!

Photos by Megan Gex. 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!

The Art of Fly fishing— A Workshop with Eric Hillerns

Photo by: Clifton Burt

Photo by: Clifton Burt

The beautiful and meditative sport of fly fishing has captured our hearts at WeMake and we are so excited to be hosting a fly fishing and tying workshop with the seemingly omnipresent Eric Hillerns

During this 3-hour workshop, Hillerns will teach you the basic components of the cast, a little about the equipment and more about the life in and of the rivers he fishes and how the craft of making artificial flies defines more than the aquatic insects they aim to represent. 

Together, we will tie a true fly box staple—the classic Wooly Bugger (best read in a British accent). While simple to tie, this classic pattern is both a great lesson for first-timers and a timeless go-to fly for seasoned pros. The Wooly Bugger is a little bit of everything and nothing in particular; active hatching insect or forage fish. Yet its proven design charms nearly every brand of Oregon's favorite game fish — from brown and rainbow trout to carp, and it's been known to rouse many a healthy steelhead or salmon. 

Plan to get heads-down in front of your vice and tie a Wooly Bugger and receive fundamentals that makes casting a fly rod and fishing with flies the ideal confluence of art, design and science. Not only is Hillerns an avid fly angler, he has also spearheaded several design initiatives, from Designspeaks with Ace Hotel, AIGA and The Long Table, to Design Week Portland. When he’s not on one of the great rivers of the Pacific Northwest, Hillerns is the senior brand strategist at OVO and a part-time river guide and host with Holm, his personal project dedicated to designing product, content and experience. 

Date: Saturday, March 5th
Place: Tillamook Station
Cost: $40
All Materials included. Continental breakfast and snacks provided!