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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

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

Featuring Pins from some of our favorite designers, Like this one from  Dan Christofferson  (Beeteeth)

Featuring Pins from some of our favorite designers, Like this one from Dan Christofferson (Beeteeth)

You're invited to share your flair!


“Pin That Shit—A Creative Affair to Show Off Your Flair.

WeMake is seeking artists, designers, and makers of all sorts to share your flair. Participate among artists like, Dan Christofferson , Adam Kurtz, Emily McDowell, and Tuesday Bassen, and join us in a fun filled evening and gallery show to raise money for arts education.

“Pin That Shit” — A creative affair to show off your flair. The curated show will feature local, national, and international makers and be held at Tillamook Station during Design Week Portland on Thursday, April 27, 2017 from 4-7pm. Artists and/or team entries will be chosen to participate in the project and asked to donate 10 custom pins which will be sold at the event with profits going towards funding arts education in Portland.

How to get your pin to stick in the showcase!
• Submit a pin(s)- with a creative message, or ones that you just think are really awesome!
• Create a new pin design or use an existing one.

What you will get in return
• A feature write up in our blog, and promoted through social media
• A chance to win a sweet award
• A super HIGH FIVE! for being the rock star that you are
• A warm fuzzy heart for helping us grow aspiring artists

• January 30, 2017 Call for artists sent
• February 20, 2017 Selected participants announced
• April 13, 2017 Final Pin (s) dropped off to WeMake
• April 27, 2017 Pin Showcase Event


OPEN HOUSE- For birds and people

We had a great time at our Open House and appreciated everyone who came out to celebrate with us—eat taco’s, make prints, drink pints, and buy a birdhouse!

If you missed the event there was a nice right up in the Oregonian about the event. Plus you can check them all out here, along with information about the makers and their inspirations.

Thank you to all of the makers who participated this year! During the night, 36 custom birdhouses crafted by local artists, makers and designers were auctioned off with proceeds benefiting The Right Brain Initiative, a Portland-based arts education advocacy program supporting K-8 students. $2500 was raised. Whoot!

And the winners are...

This year we let the people vote on a winner and Highrise by Emmanuel Carrillo won, he also won the Bird Brain Award (Most Original Concept).

Other winners included:

Home Sweet Home (Most Functional/Best Place to Live) - by Elizabeth Goss

Most Fly Crib (The Over-the-Top Award) - by Rory Phillips

Cuckoo Award (Craziest Contraption) - by Dave Selden & Thom Schoenborn

Peacock Award (The Best Use of Color/Illustration) - by Keith Carter

See birdhouses from years past here, here, and here

A big thank you!

To the Judges:

Rilla Alexander, Designer, Illustrator, Author

Eric Hillerns, Designer, Advocate, Author, Angler

Rebecca Burrell, The Right Brain Initiative: Outreach Specialist

Joseph Blanchette, Contemporary Fine Art Painter, Art activist

Ann Takamoto, Development Director: Portland Audubon Society

And these rad guys:

 Jeremy Pair Photography & Golden Rule Design.





A Special sketchXchange with designer, letterer, and creative director Josh Higgins, moderated by Aaron Draplin

WeMake presents sketchXchange with creative director, typographer, and designer Josh Higgins. Josh will showcase a multitude of original silkscreen art, talk about his work with type legend Doyald Young, what it was like working with President Obama, and how he leads the brand team of Facebook. The conversation will be moderated by friend and local favorite Aaron Draplin.

Currently a creative director in The Factory at Facebook, Josh leads a multidisciplinary team of art directors and designers focused on brand communication for the company. In 2013, Josh concluded his role as Design Director for President Obama's 2012 campaign where Josh built and led the design team for the historic 2012 political campaign in which the web, design, and technology played a pivotal role. Josh and the team were tasked with designing the Obama 2012 campaign both online and offline. With roots in both advertising and graphic design, Josh's work has earned him national honors.

He has done extensive work for brands including Asics Footwear, HP, Yamaha, Fender Guitars, Tony Hawk Foundation, Perry Ellis International, Kyocera, Bolle & Serengeti Eyewear, Newcastle Brown Ale, and Life Technologies.


Date: April 21st, Thursday
Time: 7-9PM
Place: The Portland Art Museum, Sunken Ballroom
Cost: $15
BONUS! The first 100 attendees will receive a special limited edition Field Notes with artwork by Josh Higgins, courtesy of Draplin.

WeMake is happy to collaborate with the
Portland Art Museum for this event. 
Founded in late 1892, the Portland Art Museum is the seventh oldest museum in the United States and the oldest in the Pacific Northwest. The Museum is internationally recognized for its permanent collection and ambitious special exhibitions, drawn from the Museum’s holdings and the world’s finest public and private collections.