Kate Bingaman-Burt | Educator & Illustrator

Kate is the excitable mind behind long-term documentation art projects like What Did I Buy Today?, approachable yet challenging design classes, and personality-filled illustrations in books, textiles, ads and more.

Your manifesto / rules to live by / motto:

Thinking through Making / Make Piles of Work / Constraint Yields Creation / BE AWARE/MINDFUL/THOUGHTFUL/PRESENT/HUMAN

How would you describe your work if you left out all the boring parts?

This is my work summed up as a TWEET: I mostly teach, organize, draw, document, collect and share but I also do a lot of other things that involve energy, conversation and exchange.

Pen, pencil or stylus?


Be honest: how often do you clean your desk?

I only clean my desk as a procrastination method from tackling my to-do list. It's called Procrasticleaning. I Procrasticlean whenever I am either stuck on a project or avoiding something I don't really want to tackle. Cleaning a desk, vacuuming a room, organizing a book shelf are all tasks that are VERY satisfying to me.


Kaweco AL-Sport Aluminum Fountain Pen

Kaweco has been making quality writing equipment since 1883. The Kaweco Al-Sport is one of their most practical, convenient and beautiful fountain pens. Designed to be used on the go, the pen is a very pocketable 10.5cm long when closed, and when open reaches 13.5cm. The AL-Sport fountain pen has a durable Medium steel nib and iridium tip and takes easy to install cartridges. The solid hand-polished aluminum body has good weight and warms nicely in your hand. Available in four stately finishes - blue, black, high shine silver, and raw. Reconnect with your writing with a pen that looks good, and feels great to use.

The AL-Sport is an update on the original Kaweco Classic Sport, an identical design within an injected molded plastic body.