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!

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!

Woodworking Workshop with Annie Beedy

After an 18-hour drive from the City of Angels to the City of Roses, the beautiful and bright Annie Beedy stepped into the Wemake space on Saturday, May 6 for a day of making. With her pup Pinto in tow, Annie was happy to be back in Portland where she had spent the last decade as a photographer-turned-woodworker. With the help of WeMake volunteers, we set the workshop tables with gouges, knives, and slabs of wood before twenty of Annie’s biggest fans and newest admirers began to fill the workshop.


Annie began a 3-hour workshop on whittling a large-size spoon out of a slab of poplar. This wood is soft and easy for beginners to manipulate. First, we clamped the wood onto the table in order to dig out the head of the spoon. Even though poplar is the most workable of woods, it takes a bit of elbow grease to get into the groove. After a few scrapes and experimenting with the tools, students were digging away. Annie was available to offer guidance and tips on how to use each unique tool.

Once we were satisfied with the bowl of the spoon, it was time to carve out the handle. Students were able to add flair by cutting the handles into different widths and sizes. Some even added holes and adornments. We refined our carvings with different grits of sandpaper, moving from rough to fine. The grain of the wood rose to the surface as we sanded our spoons. The last step of the process was conditioning our spoons with handmade wood butter Annie made out of beeswax and coconut oil. At the end of the day, each student left with a handmade spoon, a jar of wood butter, and the inspiration to keep carving away.

What I enjoy most about WeMake workshops is the way participants jump right into the craft, even if they have no experience with the tools or trade. I am always blown away by the results and can’t wait to see what else we can make together this year.

Above photos by Daniel Cole. Checkout more photos here!


The greatest marks are built as good as the look. Solid, logical, geometry, and precise math and spacing.
— Draplin
Goodies from the workshop

Goodies from the workshop

A DDC Workshop

Last month we had the pleasure to host a local favorite, Aaron Draplin . If you have ever had the opportunity to hear Aaron speak, you know that he is full of inspiration and design knowledge. We got this in the workshop, and so much more. Aaron not only dropped insights, he also opened up his files to share, and created a special syllabus for each attendee. Needless to say, it was pretty epic.

The five hour workshop was filled with creative goodness. Attendees sketched, refined, and learned a few DDC tips & tricks including: keeping things live, dupe, revise, and repeat, and why documenting your thought process along the way is so important.

The best thing about the workshop was Aaron.

He's a kind man, full of character, and his passion for design radiates through in life-sized proportions. Aaron is also a quite natural at teaching, it was a great experience to learn from such a design icon.

We will be collaborating with Aaron in the future for another logo workshop. I guarantee you'll won't want to miss it!