Ava Goldberg is an artist that currently resides in Denver, Colorado. She found her love for working with leather by accident while going to college in Portland. Ava received very positive reception after making several bags for family and friends. This inspired her to combine her formal education in printmaking and informal education from her parents who owned a print factory. The result was an art career in leather and textiles.
After a few years of exploration, growth, and honing her craft, she created the brand Animal Handmade. She describes Animal as a story of light and dark. “These creations are an attempt to explore the unknown potential in all things and to feed this curious beast. Owning a bag is to understand what it’s like to be stuck on the sharp tooth of understanding, and to wear it proudly.”