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Kate's work, and her approach to its distribution, embodies a wide range of contemporary ethos and practices. She is incredibly versatile as a visual artist, employing drawing, typography, painting, photography, crafts and graphic design in service to a central theme. Using social media as a means for commerce and commentary, she participates cheerfully and critically in consumerism's new frontier.
Kate Bingaman-Burt is an illustrator and educator. She has been making work about consumption since 2002, teaching since 2004 and drawing until her hand cramps since 2006. Her first book, Obsessive Consumption: What Did You Buy Today?, was published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2010 and her second book, What Did I Buy Today?, was released from Princeton Architectural Press in December of 2012.
She lives in Portland, Oregon, where, along with being an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at Portland State University, she also makes piles of work about consumerism: zines! pillows! dresses! drawings! paper chains! photos!
Starting in 2002, she photographed everything she purchased (finished in 2004). In 2004, she started drawing all of her credit card statements until they were paid off (finished in 2010). In 2006, she started drawing something she purchased everyday (still drawing!). She also is drawing your passwords, mix tapes, stolen goods and yard sale signs. Watch out. Ongoing photo projects include documenting sad, discarded thrift store crafts and Portland free boxes. She will also take a picture of the back of your head if you sit in front of her on the bus.
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Past projects have included the following services (with a smile!): handdrawn type, editorial illustration, animation, packaging, book illustration, surface design, installation, curation, information design, strategy, brand development, High Fives and LOLS.
Selected Client List:
IDEO, Hallmark, Poketo, Etsy, New York Times, Creative Mornings, Museum of Modern Art, Tattly, Vh1, Girl Scouts of America, Knock Knock, Gap, Madewell, Municipal Winemakers, Real Simple, Target, Expedia, Microsoft, Photojojo, Readymade Magazine, Princeton Architectural Press, Sasquatch Books, Webby Awards, Fred Flare, Nature's Path, Newsweek, Pinball Publishing, Wilamette Week, Hour Detroit, The Morning News and Ginza Magazine.
Selected Interviews & Talks:
I have been super fortunate to have been featured in multiple media outlets both online and off. Some of my favorite interviews, talks and podcasts are highlighted below.
Herman Miller, The Great Discontent, TEDxPortland, Print Magazine, Knock Knock, Creative Mornings, Design Matters, Virb Showcase, Handmade Nation & Museum of Contemporary Craft, Work.Place, New York Times and others!