I have been focused on re-working the smaller classic bears, I suppose each and every vintage bear was different and I find endless possibilities for small changes in proportion and shape. Recently I have focused on the little signs of age, tufts of hair, crushed hair and light fading to capture some of the charms which I enjoy. So the latest two bears Lewis (13 ") and William (15") have been made from the same piece of fabric which was organically hand dyed then faded and gently fatigued: My ideal was to make them look older without adding too much in the way of worn patches and staining... these are just supposed to look well loved but not worn. Each is an individual bear. Both bears are available now on my website www.hugoshouse.com - my webmail account provider has been a little unreliable but it seems to be working at the moment.
I have been designing and making Teddy bears since 1992. My original inspiration was the classic German Teddy with long elegantly tapered arms, a humped back and pronounced snout. Through the years I evolved different styles and enjoy the challenge of making a bear with a strong scuptural shape and substance, sometimes with bold colours and contrasts. Whatever the style of bear I make it is important to me to recall the origin of the Teddy Bear as a gentle creature of cloth and felt and needlework, so even a large grisly bear will always be a Teddy Bear at heart. I still very much enjoy the challenge of capturing the spirit and style of those early bears too and constantly revise patterns and details as an ongoing creative process.