Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Five Featured Artists

Five more of our fabulous featured artists presented for your enjoyment!

Benji by Margaret Burke AUSTRALIA

Pedro by Irma Papeikaite LITHUANIA

Rene by Daniela Meszaros AUSTRIA

Rosie by Sandra Hobbs UNITED KINGDOM

Pitty Kitty by Sharie Reetz USA

Talent from around the world, a fascinating range of techniques and outstanding workmanship, that's what the Guild of Master Bearcrafters is all about!

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Mireille Begijn creator of Bearytale Teddies

A word from Mireille Begijn
Creator of
'Bearytale Teddies'
Bearcrafter since 2006

BELGIUM

Mireille Begijn

Hello dear Bear Friends, 
My name is Mireille Begijn from Belgium and I am a professional teddy bear maker. Bear making is my lifestyle and I couldn’t live without creating my little wonders.  I started in 2006, making my little Anime bears after a successful career as a doll maker.

Liseltoje

As a child I was inspired by fairy tale figures such as elves, gnomes, witches and even fantasy creatures and I am always working out new ideas. Since I am not very mobile due to my handicap, it is difficult for me to go to bookstores or visit trade fairs, so most of the time I find my inspiration in a small piece of fur, original old lace or even any picture that appeals to me. 

Fairy Nerida

My favourite way to work, is with a good cup of tea and my favorite music playing the background. The songs of Adele, Michael Bublé, Sarah Brightman, Ozark Henry, Cirque Du Soleil, or Celine Dion, fill me with more power and the spirit to make wonderful bears.

Miss Harmony

Every creation I make is one of a kind and ‘bears’ both a name I personally invented and an original ‘character’. My creations are between 13 and 23 centimetres and all 'Bearytale Teddies' and matching accessories, are unique and entirely handmade using durable materials.  My little ‘wonders’ as I always call my creations, can be identified by their roguish little faces and broad smile.

Isabella

Years ago, I was inspired by the funny little Japanese ‘Anime’ bears, which gave me a fantasy free rein to create my teddies. The results are my original ‘little wonders‘.  Today, I am especially known by collectors for my so called butterfly bears, which are very unique with hand-made ‘Fimo clay’ flower wreaths, abundantly supplied with hundreds of Swarovski-crystals. That’s how I was given the nickname “Madame Butterfly”!

Butterfly Sunshine

MY INSPIRATIONS

Tsjechisch Art Nouveau artist Alphonse Mucha (popular around the turn of the Century) inspired my later work.  “When I see his work, it is so peaceful and has such a sense of the familiar. It’s like when you see a friend after many years, as though no time has passed. I admires the ‘curls and colors’ of Mucha’s art, but most of all, the period during which he lived. The architecture, art ,clothes, jewellery and theatre inspire me and sometimes I think I was born in the wrong century, but I am very happy that I live in the here and now … with all the luxuries of 2013, especially with my physical needs.

Clown Topsy

Hints of Mucha’s inspiration can be seen in every one of my creations. Mucha’s work is so restful.  I had the same feeling when I first saw a Cirque Du Soleil show and became a big fan of Cirque Du Soleil. When they visited Belgium a few years ago, I made hand-painted silk scarves as a gift for a few of the performers.  One of their designers visited me at home, so I showed her all my work. She invited me to meet the cast backstage and they allowed me to work in their costume department for a day. What I felt so deeply with the people of Cirque Du Soleil, is that every person was the same, black, white, or handicapped.  It was an amazing feeling and one of the best days of my life; it gave me so much courage to go on with my work.

Battina Butterfly

Another of my sources of inspiration at this moment is the 'The Guild of Master Bearcrafters' website ... it is a pleasure to surf everyday to this beautiful site and see professional bear makers showing their work to the world.  Even more importantly, as I know from the past as a new upcoming bear maker, it is a perfect website to find helpful information and inspiration for making your dream or award winning bear!

Warm regards from Belgium,
Mireille


To discover more about Mireille's work, please visit her website and blog at:

http://www.bearytaleteddies.be/


http://bearytale-teddies.blogspot.be/

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

2013 Excellence in Bear Artistry Award Winners!

The Guild has scooped a collective 22 of the possible 30 JUDGES' CHOICE Awards in the '2013 Excellence in Bear Artistry Awards'!!!!

Congratulations to all our Guild Winners, this really is an outstanding achievement!!!!

Our 2013 Judges' Choice Guild winners are:

Dressed Miniatures:
Brenda Power - Canada
Ruth Bowman - UK
Angela McGinn - Ireland

Undressed Miniatures:
Kim Russell - Australia
Sandra Marie Pape - USA

Dressed bear 4" to 10"
Brenda Power - Canada
Dawn Jellis-Jones - UK
Katherine Hallam - UK

Undressed bear 4" to 10"
Lynn Bowie - UK
Jenny Johnson - UK
Julie Shepherd - UK

Dressed bear 10.5" to 16"
Melanie Jayne - UK
Cheryl Hutchison - USA

Undressed bear 10.5" to 16"
Silke Borrmann - Germany
Jenny Johnson - UK

Undressed bear 16" & above
Jenny Johnson - UK
Yvonne Andrew - UK

Realistic bear/animal
Lisa Page - UK

Soft Sculpture
Lynn Bowie - UK
Shelly Allison - UK
Paula Carter - UK

Tableaux
Katherine Hallam - UK

Melanie Jayne - UK

Kim Russell - Australia

Jenny Johnson - UK

Cheryl Hutchinson - USA

Ruth Bowman - UK

Paula Carter - UK

Katherine Hallam - UK

Brenda Power - Canada

Jenny Johnson - UK

Julie Shepherd - UK

Dawn Jellis-Jones - UK

Sandra Pape - USA

Brenda Power - Canada

Jenny Johnson - UK

Yvonne Andrew - UK

Silke Borrmann - Germany

Angela McGinn - Ireland

Now that the professional judges have made their selections, each 'Judges' Choice Winner' will be entered in a 'Public Choice' category, so please spare a moment to support the final stage of this prestigious competition by casting your vote, thank you!

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