wayyyyy back in March of this year, i took a roadtrip down to Huntington, West Virginia to take a weekend workshop with artist/illustrator/educator extraordinaire Kate Bingaman-Burt. Kate is primarily known for her body of work depicting her daily purchases called Obsessive Consumption. the series began as a series of daily drawings, morphed into a monthly zine, and has since become a published book. if you check out her website, you can see that she has a whole slew of documentary projects running simultaneously.
the workshop was held at the Huntington Museum of Art, a hidden southern gem steps away from Marshall University and the Kentucky border. the premise was to spend the weekend creating original zines and was in conjunction with Kate’s first solo show. on Friday, the first day of the workshop, we spent some time learning about her, her projects, and zines in general. we also created a simple individual zine from one piece of copy paper.
that Friday night, Kate gave a lecture about her work and what drives her creativity. i took some random notes in my sketchbook- here are a couple of brief thoughts she mentioned that i scribbled down:
“more is more.”
“constraint leads to creativity.”
“doing what you love leads to people asking you to do what you love for them.”
the next day, we headed into the town of Huntington to peruse some antique stores and a Goodwill for our next zine project- imagined stories. i struck gold with a yearbook from the 90s with scribbled graffiti all over the exterior and interior:
it took until the next day to put the zine together. we simultaneously put together a collaborative zine- we partnered up and put together a page for our partner:
this was our whole class:
the final day (sunday) was my birthday! the aid to the class and a fellow printmaker named Sam was so nice to bring in cupcakes for everyone to celebrate! it was such a kind gesture. be sure to check out her work– she does really cool confection related prints. Kate also signed my copy of her book, which was so cool of her. in all, it was an awesome experience and i’m so glad i got to attend! it was great to meet some printmakers and creatives from the area and explore Huntington.