2 gen 2013

What Did I Buy Today? A journal about Obsessive Consumption.

Kate Bingaman-Burt’s artful new mini-ledger, invites readers to answer that question every day, promoting frugality. Kate Bingaman-Burt is an illustrator and educator. She has been making work about consumption since 2002. Her first book, ObsessiveConsumption, was published, by Princeton Architectural Press in 2010. The new pubblication What did I buy today. Obsessive consumption introduces new charts, graphs and illustrations of items worth saving for.

“Obsessive Consumption is repulsed and grossly fascinated by the branding of consumer culture,” her site explains. “It wants to eat the entire bag of candy and enjoy the sickness that it feels an hour later. It doesn’t want to be an outside critical observer. It wants to be an active participant.” Her hope, she says, is to engage an audience on a more conceptual level, inviting them to think about consumption and obsession.
Bingaman-Burt has famously hand-drawn her daily purchases for years. The daily drawings were born out from drawing her credit card statements in 2004. Today she is in the seventh year of that. Soon she started collecting those images on a Web site. And this turned out to be the first iteration of something that continues to this day: “I basically built a brand out of Obsessive Consumption,” she says, “and ran with it.” It behooves us all to monitor our spending.
She started drawing something that she had purchased each day on February 5th, 2006, and of course she still drawing, "until the hand cramps!".

Kate Bingaman-Burt is an assistant professor of graphic design at Portland State University. She is a founding partner of the Public Design Center. Her work has been featured in the New York Times; in numerous magazines, including Print, Adorn, Dwell, and How; and in books including Hand Job and Handmade Nation.

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