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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.
—Jen Bekman, gallerist and 20x200 CEO & founder
Kate makes piles of work about the things that we BUY (and want) and the emotions attached to our STUFF. She also happily thinks and draws for good people and companies. 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. She has since collaborated with them to produce two more titles about documentation and consumption in 2012 and 2014.
Her design clients include New York Times, MoMa, Hallmark, IDEO, VH1, Girl Scouts of America and the Gap as well as locally loved institutions like the Museum of Contemporary Craft, Reading Frenzy and Know Your City. She is also actively involved in the organization of Design Week Portland.
For her, teaching and making go hand in hand. Without one, the other wouldn’t exist.
Kate is the recipient of the 2013 College of the Arts Kamelia Massih Outstanding Faculty Prize and a 2013 TEDXPortland Speaker. She is the faculty advisor of the PSU.GD student design group Friends of Graphic Design (FoGD), coordinates the Show & Tell Lecture Series and also coordinates the in house student design studio A+D Projects.
M.F.A. University of Nebraska, 2004
B.A. College of the Ozarks, 2000
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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.
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.
Selected Client List:
Car2Go, Bedsider, Typhoon, Chipotle, Google, IDEO, ASA Salt 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.
Communication Arts, Buy Olympia, 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!