Why we make
Make and Mary was founded in the Spring of 2016 as way to create community and to merge design, making, and craft with cannabis. Everyday people enjoy the many benefits of Mary Jane and we wanted to make space for the two to exist side-by-side. It’s our small way of normalizing and honoring this sacred plant.
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 curates and leads many of these easy-to-do workshops at a pace that makes making with cannabis seam like second nature.
Yvonne is the owner of the brand design studio, The Study, an award-winning design boutique that specializes in creating smart experiences and comprehensive design solutions targeted towards the individual brand.
She is also 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.