Kate Pocrass is an artist, illustrator and surface designer working from her studio in San Francisco, CA. She received her BFA from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and her MFA from the California College of the Arts.

Kate is the founding editor of Average, a magazine about average things & averages and has self published the books Mundane Journeys and Mundane Field Guide to Color. Her work was included in Bay Area Now 4 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco & the 2006 California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art. Kate was a 2011 Artist in Residence at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, CA, and is the recipient of a Fleishhacker Foundation Eureka Fellowship. Her work has been exhibited internationally and is often encountered outside the gallery via hotlines, books, magazines, printed ephemera, bus tours, and participatory websites.

She is the author and illustrator of three guided travel journals entitled I Was Here Side Walksand En Route, each published by Chronicle Books, and is already hard at work on the 4th title coming out in Spring 2013. She has been doing textile pattern, surface design and illustration work for clients in the apparel and publishing industries since 2001.

Kate is an avid traveler and much of her work stems from reminiscing about the minutia of excursions abroad or contemplating frequent visits to her corner store. No matter what the destination, she is a firm believer that the time en route to a destination and interactions along the way are usually much more memorable than the stopping place.

You can read more about Kate’s travels in this interview by Anne Ditmeyer of Pret a Voyager. To hear her talk about her work, watch this Spark broadcast of Kate being interviewed about her eight year project Mundane Journeys.