Last week was the first installment of our new collaboration, A Conversation With, a curated lecture series in which we talk to creative individuals about their process and passion. Last week's event featured the extremely talented Ian Coyle of Huge/King Coyle.
This was our first event, so we were unsure of exactly what to expect, how many would show up and how the conversation would proceed. Our normal role is to stand behind the camera rather than in front of it, so to speak. Hey, new territory is unsettling. Thankfully, our co-host, and WeMake collaborator, Yvonne Perez Emerson, was aces and put our concerns to rest.
We hosted the event at WeMake's beautiful new hq at Tillamook Station. The space had been converted into a large gallery the previous day to showcase a selection of Ian's photography and design work. We had a total of 45 on the books for the event, which proved to be a perfect number — creating an intimate feel that was not too crowded or too empty.
The event started with an hour for attendees to make the rounds and take in all the work, after which we proceeded to launch into the conversation with Ian. The format of the event is a bit different. While there are two hosts facilitating and directing the conversation (Erin Lynch and Yvonne Perez Emerson), the floor is also open to audience questions throughout the entire event. This establishes a very intimate, open discussion that can grow and develop organically. We threw everything but the kitchen sink at Ian, and thankfully, he was kind enough to thoughtfully respond to all of our inquiries. The talk proceeded for a little longer than an hour before we stopped, and overall, the response was impressive. We had many people who commented about how much they liked this new, low key format.
The small success of this event has spurred us on. We are deep in the throes of planning the second event, and we're extremely excited to share some info on our next participant, but that will have to wait for just a bit longer while we iron out some details.
A huge thanks go out to Yvonne and the entire WeMake staff, in addition to all of those who took the time to be a part of the first event.