Member Mentions

MEMBER MENTIONSlunch bunch makeshift societyWhat makes Makeshift, well Makeshift, is our members. They are the core of the society and our community is built around them so we like to share in their accomplishments! We will be featuring new and noteworthy things happening with our members through our Member Mentions. This is a great way for our members and the community to support one another and also for use to brag a little (our members are awesome!)

If you are a members, please email us at sanfrancisco@gmail.com with news worthy happenings, we’d love to feature them!

paper jam pressArianna of Paper Jam Press (who’s posters adorn our walls) recently collaborated with Blik! The line features new clocks, decals, and prints in her signature bold, black font and also feature different hues for the color lovers. These cheeky sayings would look perfect in a fun office or home.

lindsay collinsLindsey Collins’s company (lindseywcollins.com) just launched #Truthbombs, an app for and with Danielle LaPorte, for both iPhone and Android. It earned #1 status for its category in iTunes and was ranked in the top 60 overall. We love how Lindsey’s company focuses on apps for women by women!

creative liveA few of our members and Rena have taught for CreativeLive, online and in person classes you can watch in real time and interact with the instructor or return to at your own pace. This month they are rolling out a series for crafters to get ready for the holiday selling season.

The holidays are a crafter’s high season. Make bank in the fall and you are set for late winter’s inevitable slump. Which is why CreativeLive put together a free online conference that’ll ensure your next holiday sales cycle is a huge hit. Improve Your Holiday Sales, airing August 17-21, is a collection of five intensive classes, taught by the best experts in the field. RSVP for the class here.

 

SF Design Week with Guts & Glory

G&GEvent-27There were so many events during SF Design Week it wad hard to keep track of! A week chock full of amazing design events, talks, and parties. We were gracious to be able to host a talk featuring the rad ladies of Guts & Glory of our window instillation fame! There was wine, obscenities, cotton candy, emojis, and of course lots of design.

G&GEvent-40The event was kindly hosted at the magical tree house/offices of Social Print Studio. If you can not remember the last time your printed out any of your photos (guilty) or want a way to take your Instagram snaps analog, SPS is your go to. For the event, they printed cheeky swag bags with emojis on them to place on every chair. We think that people might have decided where to sit that evening based on which emoji they wanted!

G&GEvent-9G&GEvent-53 sG&GEvent-26Everyone seemed to be jovial and having fun, even before the witty presentations. It’s hard not to feel like a kid again when there is a cotton candy involved. We made sure to have an old school cotton candy machine at the event to not only guarantee sugar highs and nostalgia, but to go along with the cloud theme for the Mad Libs instillation on our windows! If you don’t get the reference, you should stop by the clubhouse and check out the window take over from Guts & Glory.

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We also had wine from Union Wine Co. to get the design conversation flowing. To make sure we stayed well hydrated, it was only a Tuesday after all, with all all of the cotton candy and wine consumption (there was a lot!) we had the new SOMA water pitchers at hand.

G&GEvent-38The designer of Social Print Studio and founder of Makeshift, Rena Tom, warmed up the mic and the cozy, bright chairs on the stage. G&GEvent-63 G&GEvent-59The ladies of Guts & Glory laid their knowledge on us. There were talks of haters, lovers, perfume, hiring employees and the fallacy of work life. balance. Really, it doesn’t exist!

G&GEvent-73With many in attendance running their own businesses or working for those that do, it was insightful to hear how they got to where they are today. They were completely honest, vulnerable, and humorous towards the road they took and how they are still learning and taking shots in the dark at running a small business. They depicted their journey in self employment and lady boss-dom as having their “pants down and lasers out!”

G&GEvent-99After the talk, there was time for questions. The ladies where more than happy to answer all the questions that were thrown at them. Following the talk, there was more wine and cotton candy floating around while attendees mingled and connected on design and other topics.

Thank you to everyone one who attended and a special thank you to Guts & Glory, SOMA water, Union Wine Co., and Social Print Studio for such a great evening!

All photos via the lovely Sarah Deragon

SF Window Takeover With Guts & Glory

GutsGlory window take overIf you have been to the clubhouse to work, play, or have walked by then you might have noticed the situation on our windows. And by situation we mean the coolest interactive art installation!GutsGlory-3GutsGlory-16We teamed up with Guts & Glory to come up with an epic art piece for our windows. Guts & Glory is a design studio founded by ginger partners in crime Faun Chapin & Meg Paradise that specializes in building well crafted brands. They seek to constantly push boundaries, provoke ideas, question forms, interrogate expectations, and generally meddle in creative mischief and what they come up with was no exception! We brainstormed a fun visual in our bay windows with vinyl. They came up with a brilliant design that our 10 year old selves would be proud of: mad libs! GutsGlory-20They covered our windows with the mad libs, creating a story titled Love Vortex Gone Awry that’s filled with adventure, mystery, and clouds! It becomes an interactive art piece as we change out the fill-in-the-blanks daily with submissions from members and those wishing to stop in and fill out a sheet. If you are interested in participating, come on by the clubhouse. We will share the ones we use on social media so you may just see your submission! GutsGlory-7We hosted a party sponsored by Mail Chimp to kick-off the installation. Mail Chimp is how we get out the word about all of our events and happenings so we felt this was fitting (if you are not subscribed to our mailing list, you can sign-up here.) Wine from Union Wine company was flowing all night and we had a baby pig keeping things cute and interesting. Yes a real pig! Guts & Glory brought along their office pig (!!!) you should check our her Instagram. We are starting to think Makeshift needs an office pig!guts & glory petunia the pigGuts & Glory provided sheets much like the mad lib pages from the days of yore. Everyone at the party got a chance to write down their answers to adjectives, colors, sounds, and types of alcohol, because lets face it, even though we felt like kids again, we had the benefits of still being adults! guts and glory mad lib GutsGlory-33They also created these nifty booklets filled with more mad lib style stories called the Adventure & Sleuthing Society (courage/vigor/character/oomph.) That sounds like a society we would like to be apart of! Their gold foiled post cards with vintage travel images were a hit at the party too.guts and glory bookletsWe love getting cozy in the window seats and watching the passers by slow down to take in the installation. They often have looks of wonder, excitement, and sometimes even confusion, but thats just how we like it!GutsGlory-44Thank you to Mail Chimp for sponsoring the installation and party and to Guts & Glory for designing the piece. Wine provided by Union Wine Company and flowers via Ampersand. Aaaaand one more of Petunia the Pig because cute! guts and glory petunia the pigMost images via the lovely Sarah Deragon and the rest are from our Instagram feed

Year One

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One year ago today, after some long nights, Rena and I threw open the doors of Makeshift Society Brooklyn on Hope street—and then we collapsed onto the sofa.

We propped the door open and let the breeze blow in. We chatted with people who dropped by to peek in. We enticed passers-by to say hello. And we ended the day with a bottle of prosecco in the company of Hardhat, who did our branding, and Dash Marshall, who designed the space. May 1, 2014 was great.

But May 1, 2015 is even better! One year older, we’re now a community of about 100 creatives who are making shift happen. The front door is still propped open when the weather’s nice, and you’re still welcome to peek in and have a look around or quiz us about what exactly is going on here. You’re likely to meet Cait and Emma at the front desk, keeping things running with aplomb and charm, as they have from day one.

One year zipped by. We…

…received rad gifts from friends

…waved at friendly kids

…thew some fun events (including one that involved ice cream sandwiches)

…drank a lot of coffee with our neighbors Frankie and Lee at 66 Hope Cafe

…got a super futuristic wall installation

…watched some movies

…printed some newspapers and a zine

…were featured in newspapers and magazines

…held some special classes

drew some stuff

…got tired

…got excited

…ate some donuts!

OK, that last one is a lie. We ate a lot of donuts.

Thanks to all of our members, friends, backers, and that one guy who rollerbladed right through our open doors in a single smooth arc to ask, “what’s going on in here?” Makeshift Society wouldn’t be what it is without all of you.

Soon we’ll settle our plans for an official party. Until then!

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Meet The Resident: Deland Chan

Meet Our First Quarter Resident: Deland Chan- Makeshift Society We are welcoming the first resident of 2015, Deland Chan to our community!Deland is a Lecturer in Urban Studies at Stanford, where she teaches Sustainable Cities, a project-based service learning class where students collaborate with Bay Area government agencies and non-profit organizations on sustainability projects. In addition, she founded the International Urbanization initiative, which offers students a comparative approach to sustainable development in the world’s most rapidly urbanizing countries, with a particular focus on China. It’s only natural for her to continue her focus on the community and urban planning during her residency project.

For her time here at Makeshift, she is pursuing two projects. First, she is working with an elementary school teacher in San Francisco and plan to co-facilitate my first design thinking workshop with a first grade classroom later this month. This is to build off of the existing design thinking that she teaches at the Stanford Institute of Design, or d.school, exploring the intersection of design thinking,  placemaking, and community building in urban environments. Most recently, I taught Design for Everyday Social GoodDesigning for Communities at Play, and will be offering Creative Tools for Urban Spaces in the Spring.

Meet Our First Quarter Resident: Deland ChanDuring the process, youth will be exposed to concepts of creating to form tangible, positive outcomes with their own hands. Youth WPA nurtures early successes to inspire self-confidence, a greater sense of self-efficacy and engagement, and acts as a catalyst to encourage youth to reach for bigger future opportunities. She has had experience with older students in college level. She has traveled with students abroad to China to tackle some of the infrastructures in public spaces there. For her project she is bringing it a little closer to home with a different age set, but many of the same principles remain with design thinking and planning.

For her second project, she is working with the Chinatown Community Development Center to lead an experiential learning trip for Chinatown high school youth to travel to Vancouver later this Spring to learn about innovative urban planning policies.

 

Meet Our First Quarter Resident: Deland Chan Deland has been working on improving many aspects of our city that extends beyond public structures. Recently she has been involved in a project to improve the immensely dense Chinatown neighborhood. The teams goal was to create a community vision to improve pedestrian conditions and safety conditions along a major four-lane road. During the project, Deland wrote as well as executed the public engagement strategy and coordinated translation of all outreach, workshop, and presentation materials. She also organized and led community meetings, one-on-one interviews, and focus groups while working with the San Francisco Planning Department to host the community outreach workshops.  Meet Our First Quarter Resident: Deland Chan She previously became acquainted and worked with young members of our community when she came helped in developing The Safe Walks to School project. They aimed to create a series of workshops and curriculum in order to encourage walking and bicycling with the 5th graders attending Jean Parker Elementary School in San Francisco’s Chinatown. Urban planning concepts were introduced to the students to help them understand how and why transportation planners create streets and implement design changes to make the streets safer for pedestrians and cyclists. The workshops were designed and led by TRIP members with Deland’s guidance. Deland developed the leadership potential of young members of the Chinatown Transportation Research Improvement Project (TRIP), a 35-year old grassroots transportation advocacy group committed to improving transportation issues in San Francisco’s Chinatown.The workshops enabled TRIP members to build stronger relationships with one another and solidify their understanding of Chinatown transportation planning concepts in order to teach the younger participants. You can find out more on all of the projects Deland has been involved in here. Be sure to say hello if you see her around the clubhouse or the city! We are excited to see what she accomplishes during her residency at Makeshift!