Pumpernickel Palace - Artful Animal

I first met artist Frankie Martin in the early aughts. I don’t remember exactly who introduced us but we had...
I first met artist Frankie Martin in the early aughts. I don’t remember exactly who introduced us but we had mutual friends and quickly got to working together. At the time I was the buyer for a store in Tokyo and Frankie made colorful, happy, and humor-filled one-of-a-kind wearables for me to ship over. I also had an apartment gallery in NYC called Little Cakes. Frankie had a show there called Airbrains in 2004. I was recently trying to describe...
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A Slice of Dog Heaven - Artful Animal

Heather of Fit for a Pit and I met online several years ago, bonding through our mutual interest in pit...
Heather of Fit for a Pit and I met online several years ago, bonding through our mutual interest in pit bulls, animal sheltering and rescue, dog training, and art and music. Her online store is an amazing labor of love that rounds up everything a pet parent in-the-know would want for their dog. In thinking about talking to people who live nurturing, unique lives, I thought of Heather immediately. Q : What is your background and how did you come...
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Home

I grew up in “Mitchell-Lama Housing” in the 70’s and early 80’s in New York City. It’s a New York...
I grew up in “Mitchell-Lama Housing” in the 70’s and early 80’s in New York City. It’s a New York City and State program for affordable housing for middle-income families. At the time, our apartment was a rental. It was very spacious and felt safe, there was a doorman and you had to get buzzed in through doors to get to the elevators. My school for a time, was in the same building. I just took the elevator down and...
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Death

I suppose it may be strange starting this blog talking about “the end”? My father, my dog, and one of...
I suppose it may be strange starting this blog talking about “the end”? My father, my dog, and one of my cats passed away all within 16 months of each other. Some people might think it odd for me to put my pets in the same category as my father, but they are all family. My cat Spidey and I lived together longer than I had with any other living being including my parents and my husband. When my father...
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The Beginning of Artful Animal

I used to be a clothing buyer, or at least that is what my title was. I was responsible for...
I used to be a clothing buyer, or at least that is what my title was. I was responsible for filling a small store in Tokyo with artist-made clothing, accessories, printed matter, music, etc. and for a short time there was also an art gallery within the same space so that we could blur the dividing lines in the conversation about “What is art?” Fast forward to now and I spend much of my days dog training; well, teaching people...
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