Kate Bingaman-Burt is probably feeling a strong breeze on her face these days—and it's likely from the whirlwind of deserved attention spinning 'round the release of her forthcoming book from Princeton Architectural Press, Obsessive Consumption: What Did You Buy Today?. Full of witty annotated illustrations documenting years of daily purchases, Kate comes forward not-so-guiltily revealing that yes, she too splurges on an occasional new dress. Through her drawings, and her long-running blog of the same name, Kate—without reprimand—asks us to think about how much we really consume and how many dollars we spend. While most of us would probably avoid long afternoons staring at our credit card debt, Kate takes on the challenge of first looking, then drawing, forcing herself to confront any buyers' remorse she might feel head-on.
Unsurprisingly, a few little publications have picked up on Kate's collection of consumables, and offered their own thoughts and inquiries on this delightful new book:
Untitled by Kate Bingaman-Burt
CH: What or who inspires you?
KBB: Big permission-givers to me have been: David Byrne, Tibor Kalman, M. Sasek, Saul Steinburg, Ray and Charles Eames, Joseph Beuys, Walls of Sound (Galaxie 500, Deerhunter – music that fills up and overwhelms and how to translate that into artwork), Fluxus and Zine Culture to name a few. Also: yard sales, thrift stores, objects that look like a designer didn’t design them and teaching my rad students.
Read the full interview over on the HM Blog.
You can buy your own copy of Kate's book directly from her website, which comes signed and with a random daily drawing for a limited period of time. Stay tuned for more news to consume as the book hits the shelves, and make sure you're signed up for the 20x200 mailing list: there's more from Kate headed your way.