What if you could work under the trees rather than florescent lights? Come escape to Camp Make Effect for learning, relaxation, creativity and camaraderie. By day get messy making and trying out new processes and by night get silly around the campfire. The lines need not be straight, and the ink will look better blotchy as you discover new ways to face design challenges.

Make Effect is an intimate three and a half day workshop where professionals from all creative disciplines come together to collaborate, learn and create new work and ideas in the woods of Northern Michigan. Participants are challenged to explore their individual creativity and critical-thinking skills while exploring a range of techniques and media.

Through play and process we find the magically unexpected. Many hands-on techniques are taught and experimented with: silkscreen, letterpress, gelatin prints, relief printing, lettering, book-binding, papermaking, cyanotypes, transfers, stenciling, etc. We explore typography, design, and form making as kinds of drawing, photography, sculpture, and installation. We investigate what it means to investigate, to experiment, to try things where the outcomes are uncertain.

Traditional camp activities such as: capture the flag, canoe decorating, sand castles, erecting a native American Teepee, star gazing, swimming, boating, hiking, biking, kayaking, fishing, ghost stories around the campfire and the awarding of badges will all be part of the fun. Evenings we will gather for dinner and discussion while poking at the campfire or flying kites on the shore of Lake Michigan.

For more info check out >>> Design Bureau article and video by Liz Gilmore


Michelle Bowers (Founder and Director)

Michelle Bowers is an educator, artist and designer from the great lake state of Michigan. She specializes in multi-disciplinary work that includes conceptual typography, illustration, photography and design. She currently teaches design and typography at The University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. She studied design at Cranbrook Academy of Art and The University of Arizona and has recently taught at the Rhode Island School of Design and University of Connecticut.

Amelia Irwin (Co-Conspirator)

Amelia Irwin comes from the majestic Appalachia where she grew up rolling down hills of awesome and splashing in mud puddles of fantastic. When she decided to not be a coal miner, Amelia turned to thing making. And she’s pretty good at it too. This took her to the wonder laboratory of Cranbrook where she practiced more awesome and got really good at inserting absurdity into everything she touched. After getting a MFA in breaking the rules, Amelia turned to the big apple where she’s been taking a bite ever since. She sparkles when she walks and really likes her cat, Cookie.


Wednesday, June 10
Welcome Campers!
Campers arrive and check in anytime after 4 pm
Campfire and S’mores
Medallion Ceremony

Thursday, June 11
8 – 9:30am Continental Breakfast
9:30am – 10am Group Discussion
10am  –  Noon Printing workshop
Noon – 1pm Lunch
1 pm – 5pm Printing workshop
5 – 7pm Break or Outdoor play
7 pm Dinner
Campfire and Ghost Stories

Friday Morning, June 12
8 – 9:30am Continental Breakfast
9:30am – Noon Book Binding workshop
Noon – 1pm Lunch

Friday Afternoon, June 12
1pm – 5pm Work time
5 – 7pm Break or Outdoor play
7 pm Dinner
Hot Dog cookout
Campfire on Lake Michigan

Saturday, June 13
8 – 9:30am Hangover Cure Breakfast
9:30 – Noon Hybrid processes
Noon – 1pm Lunch
1pm – 5pm Work time
5 – 7pm Group Discussion
7 pm Dinner
Badge Ceremony

Sunday, June 14
9 – 10am Continental Breakfast
10am Group Pics and Print Trade
Campers check out by Noon




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Camp Tosebo – Manistee, Michigan
Camp Tosebo was formerly a camp for boys established in 1912. (History) The camp is situated on the beautiful shore of Portage lake, which connects to Lake Michigan. Onekama is the nearest town; Nordhouse Dunes and Manistee are just south. It is a beautiful spot nestled in the woods, sandy beach, lake access, large camp fire pit, basketball court, biking, trails, boats, fishing, kayaks, etc. Workshop attendees stay in the Club House, which is fully furnished and sleeps 17 people (9 rooms 7 bathrooms). Attendees also stay in the Bunk House if a more rustic experience is desired. Wireless access is provided and free. Art/printing supplies are provided however you may want to bring your own basic tools, such as scissors, x-acto, cutting mat, etc. and any materials you are specifically interested in working with. You may also want to bring a coat and hat (it can get chilly at night on the beach), flashlight, bicycle, yoga mat and in an effort to reduce waste please bring a coffee and/or water bottle.





LOCATION: Camp Tosebo is located in Manistee, Michigan on the south side of Portage Lake. There is jet service to Manistee, Traverse City and Grand Rapids. By car the Camp is about an hour south from Traverse City and two and a half hours north from Grand Rapids.

DRIVING: From Manistee, take US-31 North to M-22, turn left (just past Little River Casino) and drive 3 miles. As the road curves right, (forks) continue straight onto Miller Road and continue down the hill until you see the big chartreuse house on the left. You may park directly next to the Club House.

From Onekama, take M-22 South approximately 1 1/2 miles to Crescent Beach Road, turn right and drive about a mile to Miller Road, turn left and you’ll see the big chartreuse house.

FLYING: If you are flying in from out of state it is recommended that you fly into the Manistee or Traverse City airports. If you are flying please let Michelle know, arrangements can be made for someone to pick you up from the airport and carpool to camp. Or if you are willing to rent a car and drive, Camp Tosebo is roughly a 2 and a half hours drive north from Grand Rapids and an hour south from Traverse City.

Camp Tosebo
7228 Miller Road
Manistee, Michigan 49660


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This includes lodging, food and studio supplies.

Candidates are asked to submit the following application materials to: makeeffect@gmail.com with the subject heading “Make Effect Application”. Your e-mail should include your name, phone number, and e-mail address.

Please include these materials:
/ a link to your website
/ a single print-quality PDF file, no larger than 20 megabytes. Six samples of your work (no more than 10 total, please).
/ a supporting résumé with any further information, which might be considered relevant.

Application Deadline: April 1, 2015

The workshop fee includes breakfasts, lunches and dinners throughout the workshop. Please let us know if you have any food allergies or dietary needs. Assorted beverages will be provided during meals however we ask that you purchase/bring your own alcoholic beverages.

Questions or concerns, please contact Michelle at: makeeffect@gmail.com

Cancellation: please contact Michelle ASAP if you need to cancel. There will be a partial refund. Please be courteous and timely with notification, so that others may attend.