Puzzles with KK

Puzzles with KK

What's your name?
Kayla Berkowitz

Where are you from?
Astoria, NY

When did you start puzzling?
I have been puzzling since I was young. I loved all kinds of puzzles: jigsaw, suduko, math puzzles, or really anything that challenged my brain. I specifically remember one Spanish class I took in high school, where my teacher had a puzzle out and the first five minutes of her classes, everyone got to participate in puzzling. Ever since then, I always wanted to have a puzzle table. We had a few out at my house growing up, but it wasn’t until after college at my own place where I began to consistently be working on a puzzle.

What is your favorite piece count and why?
I love 500 and 1000 pieces. I find 500 pieces perfect for after work, where I can finish the puzzle in one session and it’s really relaxing. On the weekends, I prefer 1000 pieces, so I can work through the puzzle in multiple sittings.

What is your favorite type of art?
Anything abstract and colorful! I’ve always been drawn to modern art (think: MOMA), and I can tell I’m drawn to similar puzzles as well.

What makes you keep puzzling and how often do you puzzle?
Puzzling is such a mindful activity for me. It’s been a great way for me to get off my phone and relax after a long day. If I’m not busy after work, you’ll likely find me puzzling, and similarly on the weekends I try to dedicate some time to puzzling.

What is your go to drink/snack when you puzzle?
If I puzzle in the morning, coffee, or if puzzling at night, I love to puzzle alongside a craft beer. I usually don’t snack too much while puzzling.

Tell us a little bit about your other joys.
DOGS! Specifically rescue dogs. I adopted my dog, Kona, three years ago and safe to say she absolutely changed my life. I now volunteer at the shelter ACC of NYC almost every weekend. I’m dedicated to advocating for rescue dogs, humane training, and fair treatment for animals. Kona also loves puzzles, I love creating new puzzles for her to solve and love watching her brain work to solve them.