a letter from our founder

As a first generation Mexican American I believe in the beautiful and the functional and approach life with this in mind. I am drawn to the ancestral world of medicine making and crafting with the herbs that was inspired by my grandmothers & abuelitas, who were curanderas (or healers) so long ago. For as long as I can remember, I have been a creative person with an infinity to make with my hands and embrace what nature has to offer. As a kid I was always drawing, playing music and concocting potions. As a young mother I was called on to learn more about the plant world and became the healer of my family, much like the women before me.

I have been crafting folk remedies for over 20 years and raised my family with tinctures, salves and natural beauty products we made at home.

I am a dreamer….. When I got a little older I followed the path of the artist and became a graphic designer. I went on to lead huge teams in the agency world, open my own studio, start a non-profit, host international design conferences and create community through public art and giving back. I have always been lead by my dreams.

Having Make & Mary has given me the opportunity to share the love I have for holistic living, creativity, and community. In 2016, I opened up my studio and started Make & Mary with our workshop series. I wanted to create a safe place to explore the world of cannabis through heritage craft making, with self-care at its root.

When I started our product line in 2017, I was using CBD for low back pain and as a way to balance out my energy. I knew the power that it held. Adding it to my formulations was a natural move. With the discovery of CBD, I became even closer to the plant. For me, it addressed my growing concerns about aging and the effects it had on my skin and well being. Since then I couldn’t imagine a day without. Plant medicine and creative self-care is a necessity, and I believe in the synergy and magic there.

I am so happy that I have an opportunity to share it with you.
Thank you for visiting, and always be making!

Yvonne Perez Emerson

Make & Mary® is a mother & daughter team. Out of 10 people we employ or contract, 9 identify as women, and 6 as BIPOC. We also have a shop dog named Honey.

giving back

It takes a community to make change. Though we are not a big organization, we think BIG and have made an effort to give back to our community over the years, in Portland and beyond. Here are just a few organizations we’ve donated to:

Brown Hope – For The Black Resistance Fund— Since June 1st, the Black Resilience Fund has provided $704,969.81 in immediate support for Black Portlanders, including a warm meal, groceries, and unpaid bills.

Equitable Giving CircleEGC’s work aims to build immediate and increased equity throughout Portland’s BIPOC communities through a combination of fund development and network building opportunities that center economic equity.

The Floret CoalitionAn anti-racist cannabis collective supporting Black, Latinx and Indigenous Communities. Each month we donate to this cause and collectively as a group we give over $10,000 to a charity in need. Please view the 2021 Annual Report to see all of the awesome organizations we donated to in 2021.

The Oregon Justice Center—A holistic approach to criminal justice reform.

The Q Center— As the largest LGBTQ+ community center in the Pacific Northwest, Q Center proudly serves the LGBTQ2SIA+ communities of Portland Metro and Southwest Washington.

p:ear—p:ear builds positive relationships with homeless youth through education, art and recreation to affirm personal worth and create more meaningful and healthier lives.


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