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An arctophile is a person who collects teddy bears. The fun fact is courtesy of Heather Kenny’s 2006 profile of Patricia Li Klayman, the former frontwoman for the punk band Grand Theft Auto (and member of the Reader ad sales team) who forged a new career for herself as an artist specializing in teddy bears and sock monkeys.
Under the name Peng Peng, Klayman had become a quasi-celebrity in arctophile circles. She designed her bears to look old and loved. “Fans in the UK have started a Yahoo discussion group devoted to her work,” Kenny reported, “and at least one has a Peng Peng tattoo.”
In the dozen years since Kenny’s profile was written, Klayman has left Chicago for Connecticut and shifted her focus exclusively to sock monkeys.