The first time art ever got me into trouble was in kindergarten when my teacher scolded me for spending too much time in the arts and crafts corner, instead of interacting with the other children in a more direct way. What I knew then, and what my teacher clearly did not understand, was that my attachment to pipe cleaners, construction paper and markers, was not an expression of anti-social tendencies but instead a manifestation of my preference for artistically driven communication. Growing up, I have consistently defied all cautionary advice against the pursuit of art and have turned my love of kindergarten crafts into a creative career in the fashion industry and the contemporary art world.  I currently live and work in Montreal, Canada.


natalie finkelstein