Adam came across the Obsessive Consumption project recently on Twitter. Kate Bingaman-Burt has been documenting her personal consumption habits for years by drawing everything she buys. Over time, this self-processed obsession has become an entire line of graphic work that is now shown in galleries as fine art, published in books and even printed on pillows. Her drawing work is sought after by companies such as IDEO, ReadyMade Magazing and the New York Times. All this by drawing everyday.
Now mind you, she is a working artist, and many of you may not consider yourselves to be artists. But the exercise of drawing daily can still be a valuable tool to tapping into your very own brand of creativity. There is a wealth of research available out there about tapping into the right side of the brain which houses the more creative, holistic thinking processes. Listening to music, going for a scenic drive or a long run, and of course, drawing, are all ways to tap the less used hemisphere of the brain. Have a look at Bingaman-Burt’s work and be inspired to try documenting something in your own life. You could doodle what you buy like she did, or the dogs you meet, like I often do. Currently I am spending quite a bit of time in the garden trying to figure out if certain plants are flowers or weeds. I was recently informed that the thistle-like flower I have been so keen on is actually a weed that will quickly push out all of my other plants. So I pulled it up… but not before I did a quick sketch of it!
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