To become a respected teddy bear artist takes years of dedication, to become a respected teddy bear advocate takes even longer ...
I first fell in love with teddy bears as a little girl and my passion for these silent friends has remained true for half a century. As a teddy bear maker, I'm not the kind of person to make demands of the wider 'bear industry', in fact a quiet corner in which to stuff and sew, welcoming faces at shows and of course, kind words, are all I ever ask of my creative life.
Years of trial and error have taught me that knowledge shared not only cements progress in a broader sense, it also helps creative people to grow. Bear makers are usually isolated in their work and welcome opportunities to share creativity and encourage one another ... it helps drive us. Throughout my twenty years of bear crafting, I believe I have learned a few things worth sharing, so enjoy helping other bear makers find their way too.
Today I was saddened to see my reputation slandered for no other reason than that of self gain.
Thank heavens, after many privileged years working with warm, honest teddy bear folk, I am confident that such wilfully destructive people are an extremely rare breed in our teddy bear kingdom.