for those of you lucky enough to be in portland, oregon (and have tickets) tonight you can catch kate bingaman-burt (obsessive consumption) at the portland premiere of handmade nation at the museum of contemporary craft (she’s the one behind most of the film’s illustrations after all). for the rest of us, we’ll have to be content enough to have a sneak peek into her fun 600 sf south east portland home – a LEED certified live/work plus commercial space designed by landlord/portland architect kevin cavenaugh. kate and her husband – clifton burt (another talented graphic designer) – love the space that cavenaugh created, and quickly managed to fill it with their stuff (those are kate’s words ;) ). but it’s the stuff that continues to inspire and act as wonderful reminders of their friends and the supportive community they are a part of. [thanks kate and clifton!] CLICK HERE for the full feature, and don’t miss the great video featuring kate after the jump. –anne
[image above: I want an entire wall of books. I wish we had more.]
My workspace! I draw, prep for my classes, ship orders and make zines all in this corner. Someday I will have my own studio, but this works pretty well for now. I love piling layers of great visuals on my walls. Surrounding myself with stuff that hurts my gut because it is so good is so important to me. It keeps me working and inspired.
Even though our space is small, Kevin did a great job utilizing the space. Everything has its place and we find it incredibly efficient. We might think differently if we cooked 8 course meals and hosted dinner parties, but we don’t really do that. at all. ha!
Over our moves we have really scaled our collection of objects that we love down to our favorites. Vase was purchased at The Grass Hut and was made by Scott Barry aka sacred mountain. This was a Christmas present for Clifton this year. The wooden smile rattles are from the Moma store when I was in NYC earlier this year. Trophies and paperbacks are from SMUT down the street. Talking Paintings by Justin Richel (we have a thing for FACES). Caveman Video game was something that was once given to me by my Dad (my first video game when I was five) but lost long ago. I was talking about it during a lecture at Maine College of Art and an audience member later gave me his! People are amazing. LOVE IT. Lady pencil sharpener was my grandmother’s when she was in elementary school. The ceramic cupcakes were made by our friend Kari Radash. They held our wedding rings. Kari was also the other bride in our double wedding a few years ago. Bad Ass Zine by Mark Todd.
CLICK HERE for the rest of Kate’s peek and a fantastic video after the jump!
Again, we love faces. Newspaper clipping about my grandmother from the 1960s, found painting from SMUT, thrift store ceramic horse heads, Leg etching by Kristen Martincic and a Face etching by Kyle Olson.
Another collection of GOOD! some zines by:Soft Smooth Brain by Bwana Spoons, A4 by The Archivalist, Labs with Abs by Andrew Jeffery Wright, and Heavy Humans by Niles Armstrong. When we lived in Mississippi, my favorite place to purchase zines was online at Little Paper Planes. Now that we live in Portland, I can get my fix in several places like Reading Frenzy, Grass Hut and Tender Loving Empire just to name a few.