A wish list?? Wellll, I would have to agree with Brenda (thumperantiques), I would love a Forget Me Not bear by the Wiltshire sisters, also a Wee Scone by Diane - (a black and white panda with red pads) and I also admire Aerlinn bears by Esther Pepper to name a few.
There are just sooo many wonderful artists to choose from.
As for making a bear, I can hardly sit still, while I wait for my new fabric to arrive. I'm working on a design/style that's entirely new to me - how exciting. It's like re-descovering Teddy Bear artistry for the first time (but with a little more expertiste under my belt). I'm so anxious to start these bears, I'm having a little difficulty focusing on the bears I presently have on the go!
Dream Teddy Bears!!! Good idea Paula!
I really would have a tough call coming up with a favorite artist bear, since I love so many. ( :crackup: There is no short list! )
But years ago I read about this famous fellow in TB&F--Alfonzo!
I am a sucker for a bear with a story, and when steiff made the first replica, I thought I might like him, but he looked too new really be Alfonzo. Then they came out with this guy...If I had money to buy a bear right now today. Steiff Centenary Alfonzo would be it.
OMG The list would go on for days!
I think it would be absolutly wonderful to have at least one bear/dog/critter from every single Teddy talk artist!!! How's that for a wish list?
As far as making one--My dream projects are making my own two dogs. I so want to make my mutt Wookie as a pirate. He would then be Captain Wook. here is a picture I took of him as a pirate pup.
There are many bears on here that I would love to have since they are all so beautiful and well crafted. But as we know there is always that one bear that "speaks to you" every time you see it. It's not to say the others aren't gorgeous, but there is the one bear that calls to you...
Boot Button Bear- reminds me of the bears I saw and wanted as a child. I love love love these bears.
Would also love to have...
Humble Crumble-drool, every last one of them.
LoraBears- by Lora Soling, gorgeous. http://www.lorabears.com/
These dream bears are certainly inspirational! I'm even finding artists' listed who are new to me, so it's fun to take a peek at their work ... you guys have great taste!
Tami, isn't that Alfonzo wonderful?! I love the notion of a bear with a story, it's so romantic! Beth, if ever you make Cap'n Wookie you must share him here with us ... such a handsome dog must surely provide the impetus for a fabulous creation!
I'd loooooove to own a big Steiff bear, myself, one you can really hug. Like a 15-18" bear. The small ones are adorable though, so maybe one of those! There's some Steiff bears lined up at FAO Shwartz I'd die to have.
I'd also love to own a Kelly Dean Trashcan Ted (they're my favorites - in particular Tina Ballerina, she's faaaabulous and her story is SUPER sweet), and I'd also loooove to adopt a Bootbutton Bear.
As for making a dream bear, I'm on my way to making one. Unfortunately the intention was to sell it. ....which may not happen. I get too attached to the bears I make! Anyone else have that problem? XD
At the moment I would love:
A Bear By Kim
A Dusty Attic Bear - moon cat
A Bear Treasures bear - I fell in love with Tia
One of Terries bears
Another Beatrix Bear, I saw a really cute panda in a bear shop in Leeds.
A mohair Charlie Bear
Someone to make me a kitty (as if I didn't have enough real ones!)
I don't collect bears but always loved Paddington. When I was pregnant I saw one of the Gabrielle ones while on holiday. I'd wanted one when I was little, but they were too expensive then. So I treated myself, excuse, 'for the baby'. Now I'd love to get a little flock, plastic one that was out in the late 70's. Again something I always wanted, never had. Not expensive but.....I'll keep looking on ebay.
As to making the dream bear. It would be, daft as it seems, a bear so special, I'd keep it! It would have to be very, very special as I don't collect them. Does that make sense?
I am happy to say that irecieved my dream creation just before Christmas...all be it secondhand, but I bought a Kelly Dean wild gosling.... There are many more artists that I collect and plan to collect, but I don't want to hurt any feelings in listing them
What a super Christmas gift Krista, you must be thrilled!
As for hurt feelings, I really don't think that is likely to happen because everyone has such diverse tastes ... I certainly wouldn't be offended by anyone preferring another artists' work, the diversity of talent is part of the beauty of the bear industry ... I find it fascinating to discover what people enjoy the most and must say, it's been a pleasure to hearing of artists' work I have yet to discover for myself.
Oh don't get me wrong Paula, I totally agree with you regarding diverse tastes. Where I don't want to cause hurt feelings is that there are many artists creating similar things, some well know, and some just up and coming. I wouldn't want to single one out and cause another to think why theirs and not mine.
So for that reason alone I don't want to list, it would need to be a mile long and I worry I would miss someone
Oh gosh, artists bears...way too many to mention lol, but retail I would love a R John Wright but affording one is another story and a nice Steiff bear mainly coz I love the story how Margarete started the company so long ago, she was a woman and she was in a wheelchair with Polio in the early 1900's, a great inspiration for everyone....and Tami me too, I looove the Alfonso story, I'm half russian and am sure I was a princess in a former life lol Isn't he a darling bear :love:
edited to add, I'm with you Judi, I'd build an extra house to hold all the bears and collectables "toys" I want lol