Katherine Streeter's Sketchbooks

By Peggy Roalf   Thursday July 30, 2015

The 2015 Summer Invitational: Pimp Your Sketchbooks, continues with Katherine Streeter, who lives and works in New York City.

I keep many sketchbooks that are always in various stages of completion. Some of them are filled from first page to last, in that order, while others are a timeline zig-zag, with random pages chosen without sequence. 

I feel compelled to use collage, even when using a sketchbook, but sometimes if I don't have materials with me, I end up sketching or writing without adding other elements. 

Some of my oversized sketchbooks have become solely painting and collage books. The smaller books occasionally get carried around in my travels, so they have more line drawings, doodles, and written ideas. 

I have never really been one who carries a sketchbook everywhere, but I've always encouraged that for students, and I appreciate when I see others doing that—they are always ready to draw when the inspiration strikes, which is great. 

I think I'm more like a sponge; I absorb things I see and experience, and then go to the studio to pour it all into my pages.


Katherine Streeter is a collage artist and illustrator based in New York City. Her commercial work appears in the New York Times, PlanSponsor, NPR, and Harpers, among others. 

She was included in Cutting Edges; Contemporary Collage, published by Gestalten, and was recently profiled Creative Quarterly Journal vol36. Her work has been selected for many American Illustration annuals, including the current volume, AI33. She is currently on the board of ICON9, The Illustration Conference.








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