Gathered in the cafe on the first Friday of each month is a small group of Portland creatives waiting patiently to ascend upstairs, pen and sketchbook in one hand and a #6 in the other. They are the lucky few who received an invite to attend a monthly sketchXchange happening here at the Leftbank Project. sketchXchange is just one part of WeMake, a community design initiative that helps to organize inspiring events, workshops and discovery field trips around Portland. Founded by Yvonne Perez Emerson of Creativegirl WeMake was born from the idea of creating a platform that fosters art and design within our community through hands-on experiences, workshops and design in action.
What is sketchXchange?
sketchXchange is a chance to peep into the sketchbooks of some of our favorite local illustrators. Hear what inspires their work and learn about the process they use to create. You’ll bring your own sketchbook and mingle with other participants, have a beverage, and draw in a few sketchbooks. There are no rules, no themes (unless you have one for your book) just pens, pencils, sketchbooks, and friends. This isn’t a slide show event, guest illustrators will be sharing their actual sketchbooks and you’ll have an opportunity to purchase some of their work.
So far there have been two sketchXchange’s, the first one was held in the studio of Sockeye with the dynamic duo of Jolby and the second one in the conference room on the second floor with the talented Mary Kate McDevitt. Both events were a huge success and have the design and illustration community excited to attend the next one. Just a note though: Space is limited to 25 people!
WeMake organizes creative workshops +. Recently WeMake collaborated with Tanner Goods (Cascade Fabrication) to provide a night of discovery and craft. Participants had a chance to learn about the art of hand crafted leather goods and the opportunity to create their own leather Key Lanyard’s and custom sketchbooks. Check a few event photos here. More workshops with Tanner Goods are on the horizon, plus a few others like: visiting a vintage sign maker, learning to letterpress and participating in design in action opportunities.
Stay informed. To learn more about WeMake or to secure an invite to an event visit their website and sign up for the newsletter. They do most of their communicating via twitter , Facebook and their blog which happens to have a great video featuring the Leftbank and sketchXchange right now.