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Obsessing Over Kate Bingaman Burt

Poketo collaborator and friend Kate Bingaman Burt kindly took some time out of her hectic schedule to answer some of our burning questions. To introduce Kate very briefly, she has been making art about consumerism since 2002. Her efforts culminated in the 2010 release of Obsessive Consumption: What Did You Buy Today?, a book that meticulously documents all of her purchases through daily drawings. Kate, now quite the busy bee in Portland, is an active member of the DIY community and craftivism movement, teaches at Portland State University, and is of course a prolific art-maker.

What inspired you to begin documenting your purchases? Could you explain to our unfamiliar readers what the Daily Drawing project is?

I have been documenting my consumption in many different ways over many years…photographs, installations, zines and the Daily Drawing Project started in 2006 when I decided to draw something that I had purchased each day. (Readers, click here to watch a movie that shows Kate’s daily drawings)

Could you draw some of your Poketo for Target creations in the spirit of your Daily Drawing Project?

Has drawing your purchases everyday curbed your consumption?

Drawing hasn’t curbed my consumption…photo documenting EVERYTHING that I purchased from 2002-2004 and then drawing all of my credit card statements from 2004-2010 helped me become a bit more aware of what I was purchasing.

Do you have an emotional connection with each drawing?

Not with each drawing…but as a whole, I am connected to the visual journal that has happened over the years. A lot of the time, the drawings remind me of stories, memories and events that happened along side the object that was purchased. These are the things that are important to me.

What does “craftivism” mean to you?

Short answer: Making with meaning.


How do you envision your Daily Drawing Project evolving?

February 2011 will mark the 5th year of my daily drawings…I am pretty happy with how it evolved. It started small and then grew pretty rapidly over the years. The book with Princeton Architectural Press was a pleasant surprise that I am very thankful for. I will probably continue these daily drawings. I enjoy it. Who knows where it will go?

What the next big project you’re working on?

I just finished curating a show at the Museum of Contemporary Craft with my husband Clifton Burt called Collateral Matters. We have been busy giving talks and scheduling programming to coincide with our show.

Kate’s bright, playful artwork made for some fantastic Poketo for Target accessories! You saw her drawings of her pouch design, and her luggage tag above. The real things below are not to be missed!

You can keep up with her many projects at

If you still can’t get enough of Kate’s fantastic art, you can purchase a fine, letterpressed edition of Kate’s Chase Credit Card from Poketo!


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