1. Friendtorship posters!

    Nicole and Tana.

    Alex and Hatoon.

    Beautiful posters by Charlotte Hill, Sarah Jones, Rebekah Lee, and Samantha Sacomano as part of A+D Projects Thank you!

  2. Race, Class, Identity: Perception, Reaction, and Taking Control of our Image

    A workshop by Jen Delos Reyes for Friendtorship. Visiting artist Jen Delos Reyes started a conversation about difficult issues that many of us face every day. Race, class, and identity are big topics, but this workshop helped us unpack the ideas and relate them to our own lives. Check out the site designed by Michelle Lee.

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  3. In The Works! 2013 Annual Friendtorship Show

    Our annual show was held at Tillamook Station, WeMake’s new headquarters, thanks to the amazing Yvonne Perez. Thank you Yvonne! Special thanks to all the Fall Friendtorship students!
    Promotion concept and design by Cassandra Swan (with help from the Friendtorship students).

  4. I Am Here.

    Last year around this time, Friendtorship was gearing up to plan and execute our very first show and fundraiser (thank you Dawn Yanagihara + Erik at SoHiTek!). The Friendtorship students work uber hard creating an identity (thanks Cielle!) and theme for the show and workshops; then the identity, promotion, projects and mounted an exhibition in downtown Portland. The identity and theme for the term was designed by Cielle Charron. A lot of love, kindness, talent, generosity and elbow grease made this baby happen. Thank you to all the Friendtorship students that worked on this! The CLC students were so proud and grateful. Here’s some of what happened last fall.




    Posters by Corbin LaMont with illustration by Katie West.




    Small teams of students developed workshops to create the work for the show.


    Trent and Tom.


    The boys.



    Thank you Steve Ebert for the decals!


    Sean, Tom & Ciellen



    Justin, Dawn and Conrad.


    Trent, Sami, and Megan.

    Rebekah and Angela

    Bradley and Rebekah



    Thanks to Kengo for the photos and to Steve and Eric for documenting the projects.
    Ok, Friendtorship, here we go! Let’s do this!

  5. Lizzie & Sumi Ink Club

    Our very own lovely Lizzie Thompson brought the concept of the Sumi Ink Club to Friendtorship. Sumi Ink Club is a process for community-building through collaborative drawing. Thank you to the wonderful Cass Swan for the photographs! 

    sumi ink club is a participatory drawing project established in 2005 by los angeles-based artists sarah rara and luke fischbeck. the club produces work cooperatively in open-to-the-public meetings, which can be organized by anyone at any time. in each of its permutations, sumi ink club uses group drawing as a means to open and fortify social interactions that bleed into everyday life. sumi ink club is non-hierarchical: all ages, all humans, all styles. 

    • meetings are free and open to the public of all ages

    • everyone uses the same materials (brushes and ink, or equivalent)

    • everyone works on the same drawing

    • anyone can add to anyone else’s drawing

    • move around the drawing, don’t get stuck in one spot

    • don’t dilute the ink, blackest black is best

    • everyone agrees when the drawing is finished

    all images made by sumi ink club belong to the public domain, and can be freely used in any way. 

  6. A Little Encouragement. And A Little Advice.

  7. Ryan J. Bush and Allison Berg created this beautiful video as part of their creative work for Design and Social Change (aka Friendtoship) for Spring term 2012. THANK YOU!

  8. Shadow Character. A Collaborative Project.

    We love assignments that facilitate and encourage collaboration. High school student Savannah wanted us to reveal our shadow characters. Kate, Katie and Savannah photographed us and Savannah painted the characters, animals or objects that we stated best described our inner selves. They created a panel for each of us and the work was displayed at a local coffee shop.

    Katie & Tae.

    Sally & Erick.

    Ryan & Kathleen.

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  9. Self-Motivational Picket Signs.

    Facilitator: Ben Mulkey

    Introduction: Students create a picket sign featuring a unique self-motivational motto, devised to incite determination for the things they desire to accomplish. Active messages are developed during the workshop; using personal insight, provoking questions and design considerations. The picket sign are small in scale, built with a wooden stick and centered canvas.

    Goals: Create a motivational message that holds personal significance but still appeals to a broad audience. Students increase their understanding of communication and voice as well as symbol making and typography.

    “Demand resolve, protest yourself!” —Ben Mulkey

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  10. “During the fall term of 2011 I was lucky enough to participate in a mentorship program called The Friendtorship. Portland State Students served as friends and mentors to high school students from Centennial Learning Center. We hung out, made art, and ate peanut butter sandwiches. This package was my holiday gift to the class and each bag included a sketchbook, a sticker, and a temporary tattoo. Some of the pieces actually got used in a feature on the PSU website…so cool!”Murphy Phelan, Portland State graphic design student. This work was Murphy’s independent creative project for Design & Social Change (aka Friendtorship).

  11. Mary.





    Design & Social Change (*AKA Friendtorship) students develop curriculum and creative projects. Whitney Owen's creative project was inspired by a favorite artist and included interviewing us and creating layered silhouettes based on our responses. In turn we, the faculty, interview each college student asking them about their experiences. Below are some of Whitney's answers.

    How is this education as it should or should not be? I think that balanced with other types of structured classes, that this is most definitely a valuable form of education. It seems that most of the students enjoy themselves during our meetings, and hidden beneath the relaxed environment, are important skills being learned (i.e. learning to build a concept and see it through from start to finish, collaboration/teamwork, social skills, etc.)

    Chose one thing about Friendtorship that you are really passionate about or a concern you have.I am most passionate about being a part of a group and a space that provides comfort and encouragement for adolescents. Surviving through high school can be hard enough, and considering college on top of that might be a scary thought. My hope is that the students who have been involved with Friendtorship will realize that higher education is something that they are capable and worthy of. Hopefully, their experiences at PSU will have eliminated any fears they might have had about college, and will help them to realize the immense amount of resources and support they have.

    — Whitney Owen, Portland State graphic design student

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  13. Something I Learned When I Was Thirteen: Don’t Pierce Your Lip With A Crochet Needle. A collaboration between Alex, Jenny & Becca.

    "Of all the stages of life, adolescence is the most volatile – full of promise, energy, and because of newly achieved freedom and potency, substantial peril. In its freshness, adolescence is attractive. In its enthusiasms, it can be exhausting. For most people, it is pivotal: it is the time of life when we find out who we are becoming, what we are good at, what and whom we like. What happens in these years profoundly affects what follows.”  — Theodore Sizer

  14. Something I Learned When I Was Thirteen: BOYS ARE STUPID, GIRLS ARE MEAN. A collaboration between Ethan Allen Smith and Ben Hazard.

    Thirty college students, fifteen high school students, three faculty members and one teaching assistant began this project searching our memories for stories of who we were when we were thirteen. What did we learn? What was good, bad, ugly? In sharing our failures, frustrations as well as our triumphs we realized that those experiences lay the foundation for our understandings and the life we are living today.

  15. Put It On Paper

    Project Title: Put It On Paper
    Facilitator: Tina Snow Le
    Participants/Collaborators: AmbroseLloyd Winter, Megabolt, Scout Books

    To emphasize the importance of putting ideas on paper. To expose students to the magic of screen printing and the power of note taking as active components of the creative process.

    “I was a part of the Friendtorship course during fall of 2011, and was inspired to help sustain the program because I too, was an at-risk youth during my high school years. If it weren’t for a few influential people in my life at the time, I wouldn’t be where I am today. Through design and art education, I want to be able to inspire someone else, to give them the opportunity to make a change for the better, to bring someone to happiness because of projects like these. After learning about Ambrose through my own Friendtor, Lloyd Winter, I was inspired to make a workshop with the Ambrose business model here in Portland. I see this as an amazing opportunity to bring the creative community together for a great cause, from organizations both inside and outside of our classroom.” —Tina Le

    To read the lesson plan, materials needed, process and more after the jump.

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