Welcome to WeMakeStuff

Welcome to WeMakeStuff! We are a community of artists and innovators, rallying together to document what God the Creator is doing through creative people in Canada. In November 2012 we published a book featuring 100 such mavericks from the Vancouver area. This is a bit of our story–a story we hope you’ll find yourself a part of too.

Between the pages of WeMakeStuff there is something scandalous.  An attitude of insubordination to the status quo of keeping our vulnerable parts to ourselves. Artists have a unique way of bearing the nerve endings of their inner most struggles and joys. Public vulnerability as a career—an artist. The truth in art, is that when the focus is greater than self indulgent release, that is where it means something. To be vulnerable is, most often, an ugly thing. The one hundred artists featured in our first volume are honoured as brave enough to create in a world where many things just seem to die. To make stuff is not terribly terrifying; but to trust that the things you make actually have little to do with you, humility is terror.

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Faith makes all things possible. This book was not a short labour, rather a heavy idea rolling around in someone’s head. David Vandas, our publisher, was the carrier of this vision for quite some time. After nearly 8 years he has seen this project come to life. It is more than a book. It is a tangible monument to the collision of faith and art, artist and spectator.

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Upon completion of design and printing of the book, we honoured our artists at a book launch party, gathering them into a supernova of brilliant creativity. At the Vancouver Olympic Village, artists met and honoured one another. Many smiles, handshakes and hugs were shared and God smiled along with us.

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We toured with the book to many Lower Mainland communities (New Westminster, Coquitlam, Langley, Abbotsford, UBC) and proudly presented event after event. It was like a travelling art exhibit, with many of the featured artists making appearances. Our initial run of 1,000 books was nearly depleted by the end of the short tour!

That was our beginning, and here we are, still far from the end! Whether you experience our website or book, please consider yourself invited to partake in this unfolding project with us.

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