A word from Sandra M Pape
BEAR HUGS ORIGINALS
Bearcrafter since the late 1990's
Sandra M. Pape
Greetings my Bear Friends~
My name is Sandra Marie and I am the artist/bear maker behind Bear Hugs Originals. I have been creating/designing teddies and their little friends since the late 1990's. My first little teddy was created when I was just a wee little girl and I still proudly hang him from our Christmas tree each and every year.
The bears I create are made of the finest quality mohair, alpaca and luxury faux fur available. Each Bear Hugs Original is handmade and 100% hand sewn without the use of a sewing machine. All of my patterns are designed from my own sketches and each bear is an authentic, one-of-a-kind collectible artist bear.
I live in Southwest, Florida with my husband and two children. While I have a dedicated sewing room, I much prefer to be with my family as much as possible. So I load a little wicker basket with all the materials that I need to keep me sewing and just carry my work around with me.
I had always wanted to create my own teddy bears and I finally took the plunge back in 1996 when I purchased my very first piece of mohair. I sketched out my own pattern and the rest was history...I was totally addicted to creating teddies that is until 2001, when I had an accident that stopped me in my tracks. Unfortunately it did take me out of bear making for many years. But, I am back and trying to make the best of it.
My favorite part of bear making is creating their heads. I love working on their heads because they start to become animated and start speaking to me as I shape and sculpt their features. It's very comforting for me and I put a lot of my own heart and soul into each of my creations.
I am extremely honored to have won a 2013 "Excellence in Bear Artistry Award" for "Oliver". Then in 2015 I won a "Fourth Place URSA Award" for "Flopsy" and a 2015 "Excellence in Bear Artistry Award" for "Frankenteddy". I was also featured in the April 2015 issue of Bears & Buds Online Magazine and featured in the Teddy Bear & Friends Marketplace for "Rory the Raccoon" and "Wags the Dog".
I am very pleased to be a member of the Guild of Master Bear Crafters. The Guild Blog is a beautiful webpage where you can see the most up-to-date creations of professional bear artists, while gaining valuable insight and inspiration.