Although this is all drawings and no (traditional) text, Obsessive Consumption by Kate Bingaman-Burt reads like a book. Part journal, part diary, part sketchbook, Obsessive Consumption is a glimpse into a life of an indie craftsperson and artist and a tidy bit of social commentary to boot. For years, the artist has been drawing a picture every day of something that she has purchased. It can be a big-ticket item or a can of pop, but something must be recorded on a daily basis. Are patterns revealed? You bet. Bingaman-Burt, an assistant professor of graphic design and much involved in craftivism, has provided a wonderful slice of life in this pictorial biography. The book is beautifully designed and just plain feels good: best read sprawled across a bed after a long day of deskwork and no shopping whatsoever.
Paperback, 206 pages. Princeton Architectural Press, 2010. $13.57 at Amazon.