When I first began to make bears, for some unfathomable reason, I was always drawn to design new patterns in BIG, then gradually scale them down to more manageable proportions. I'm not sure how other bearcrafters went about designing their bears back in the mid 90's, but for me, big was and still is, always best.
Monty is a magnificent 25" in height!
There's something immensely satisfying about designing an enormous teddy bear. A bear to sit proudly, confident of his place in the world and not afraid to make a statement.
Over the years I have found myself reluctantly reducing the stature of my biggest bears to fit with many collectors' requirements for less space hungry teddys, but no more! Now it's time to bring back my BIG, 'Big 'uns'!
And on that rather defiant note in these space dictated times, I would like to introduce 'Monty', an unashamedly area consuming 25" alpaca teddy bear (shown with Max, an 8" Tiddler bear). I am happy to tell you 'Monty' was adopted straightaway upon completion, thanks to a keen Twitter follower who had been closely watching work-in-progress pictures published daily from my workroom table, directly to my Twitter feed:
I firmly believe we should take care not to lose our big bears in favour of more clinical, minimalist homes. Big bears are such an important element of the teddy bear's heritage and I for one, am proud to do my bit to help keep his heritage secure ...
Long live the BIG BEAR!!!!