Monday, January 18, 2016

Every Now and Then

Every now and then I reveal another side to the things that I do, its not just painting, there are the long Cornish winter evenings to fill and even I find that painting for every hour that I am awake a bit difficult so I need something to do that is relaxing but still creative...
So I make bears, I design them, make the patterns and then find beautiful materials and construct them.  Each one is a unique creation, completely hand made and as traditional in construction as I can make them.  They have English glass boot button eyes, they are fully jointed with cotter pins and stuffed with wood wool which is a traditional teddy bear stuffing and gives them a lovely scrunch.  They are made of mohair or vintage faux fur.  The ears and pads are either faux leather, raw silk,wool felt or silk velvet.  I am trying to use lovely materials throughout.

 Some of them have musical insides, this hairy fellow, who is called Withell ( a Cornish name) and he plays the Teddy Bears Picnic.  I am making little cloth signature tags and they will have calico storage bags because...

They are "Collectors" bears.  They are not allowed to be sold as toys as very small people love to eat glass eyes and apparently will chomp right through to the metal cotter pins, because of that unfortunate tendency of small people I am designing a "dangle" or "walking" bear, one that can be eaten, sucked, sicked upon and put into the washing machine.
Because everyone must want a very special handmade, unique, one of a kind bear for the newest tiny person in their lives...dont they?
I have started an ETSY shop for this kind of thing so please encourage your friends to buy a bear or order one, I will make commission bears.

4 comments:

David Blanning said...

There so cool

David Blanning said...

there so cool ... XXX

Suzanne McDermott said...

Oh, Sarah! These are lovely. I'm a life long Teddy Bear fan. I'm looking at three (one from childhood) on my bed now. Looking forward to exploring your Etsy shop. Wondering when you sleep... ;-)

Wilfred said...

Can't imagine how you can let go of these after you've made them!