featured artist of the month for December is Judith Ball of
did you get started in Bear-Making?
Serendipity...! Five years ago I went to a woodworking
show with my husband in Massachusetes. In the next pavillon there
was a Teddy Bear Show. I'd never heard of a collectible mohair
bear as my back ground was in graphic design & children's
clothing design. Curiousity got the best of me and we went in
and had a look around, the bears "spoke" to me and I
What Unique Quality's do your bears have?
put hours of attention into the detail work in my bears, especially
their noses. Each of my bears is a completely unique but nontheless
very traditional teddy bear, nothing else, but then that's saying
a lot! You see, I think there is something so intrinsicaly special
about Teddy Bears that they don't need a lot of imbellishment.
My bears are made to be hugged, like Teddy bears were originally
intended for, not simply to be looked at & admired.
Your Opinions on bear-making today?
have for centuries spent thier lives working with textiles &
nurturing thier families. Making teddy bears is a wonderful way
to fill both these roles, even if our "families" now
extend out to include collectors & other bear lovers !! It
is understandable that so many people are getting into the business
now. This industry has definately changed even in the few years
since I became involved. There are more & more shows, collectors
& artists entering it all the time. This is challenging us
to become better at our craft all the time & it demands that
we find new ways to market our work. The internet is the logical
next step, Teddies in Cyberspace! Quite the concept, but it seems
to be working!
you have any Feedback?
bears "speak" to collectors all over the world now.
Now ..just what they're saying, is quite another matter! I simply
love my work! I especially love all those people out there who
have made it possible for me to continue doing it. Thank you...!!
of Judith's Bears
- Judith's Donation to Bear Relief
Bears above in feature:
see more of Judith's Bears please visit her website at:
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Den chooses a new Artist as their Artist of the Month. We choose
artists who offer quality products, have a unique story to tell
and have an interested opinion or viewpoint on the hobby of bear
making. If you feel you would like to submit yourself to this
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