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Why we make

Make and Mary was founded in the Spring of 2016 as way to create community and to merge design and craft with plant medicine.


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Founded by a community builder.

Owner, Yvonne Perez Emerson is a thinker, maker, and educator who has been creating community most of her adult life, and often speaks on process and the parallel worlds of cannabis and making. She formulates all of the natural Make & Mary products in small batches in her Portland studio. She also curates and leads many of the easy-to-do workshops.

Yvonne is the owner of the brand design studio, The Study, an award-winning design boutique.

She is the founder and creative director of WeMake, a non-profit 501(c)(3) that helps to foster art and design in Portland, Oregon’s creative community through hands-on experiences, creative dialogue, and design-in-action initiatives.  Since it's inception WeMake has awarded over $100,000 to arts education for Portland’s under-served youth.

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