Archive for the ‘Artist Bears’ Category


Carolyn Jacobsen Bears – Teddy Bear, History, Information

Carolyn Jacobsen is an American teddy bear artist that started making bears in 1982. Her first bears were made of acrylic plush, later using mohair she found on mohair coats and sleigh blankets. She makes traditional style bears using her own designs and vintage fabrics and accessories, with bears ranging in size from 3 inches to 30 inches.

One of Carolyn Jacobsen’s more popular teddy bears is Old World Father Christmas, which is a 24 inch bear in a limited edition of 4 that goes for around $400 in 2001.


Fabian Song Bears – Teddy Bear, History, Information

Fabian Song is a teddy bear artist from Singapore and has been making bears under the name Singapore Sensations since 1996. He makes about 100 teddy bears a year, usually one of a kinds. Fabian usually soft sculpts the bears’ paws, painting and airbrushing to accentuate certain features of the bears. Typical Fabian Song bears range in size from 6 to 24 inches and go for $295 – $980.

Popular Fabian Song, Singapore Sensations teddy bears include:
What A Bosom Buddy – 12.5, 18 inch bear. Toby Award winner in the Industry’s Choice category in 2002.

Dewdrop – 19 inch, open mouth bear with sculpted pads in 2002.

Bosom Buddies – pair of award winning bears

U Need A Hug? – 6 inch bear and 2002 Toby Award, Public Choice Winner

Care 2 Join Me – 10.5 inch bear and 2001 Toby Award Public Choice Winner and Winner of Golden George awarded in Germany.

Fabian Song has won the following awards:
1996 – Singapore Teddy Bear Artist Award
1997 – Singapore Teddy Bear Artist Award
1998 – First runner up in British Bear Artist Award
1999 – First prize in Linda Mullins Teddy Competition
1999 – Toby Award – Public Choice Winner
2000 – Toby Award – Public Choice Winner
2001 – Winner of Golden George in Germany
2001 – Champion Winner of Hasselt in Belgium
2001 – Toby Award – Public Choice Winner
2001 – Golden Teddy Award Winner
2002 – Toby Award – Industry’s Choice Winner


Audie Sison Bears – Teddy Bear, History, Information

Audie Sison is a teddy bear artist from the Philippines and started designing his own bears in 1995 under the name AFS – A Teddy…By Audie. Japan Teddy Bear Association Convention in Tokyo.


John Paul Port Bears – Teddy Bear, History, Information

John Paul Port is a teddy bear artist and makes bears under the name Van Poort Designs. The son of Beverly Port, he created his first teddy bear in 1976 named Toby Teddy Bear, made of two pieces of felt sewn together. John Port not only makes teddy bears but is also co-publishes Teddy Today magazine.


Gabrielle Dutzler Bears – Teddy Bear, History, Information

Gabrielle Dutzler is a teddy bear artist from Austria and makes bears under the name Ra-Lina Teddies, which is a combination of her children’s names Raphael and Selina. Typical Gabrielle Dutzler bears are one of a kinds made of different materials including batik fabric, mohair and alpaca with leather, sometimes paws with claws, sometimes with double neck joints, mouths can be opened or closed.

Gabrielle has won many teddy bear awards including first and third place at the Linda Mullins show in 2001 and first place at a Baltimore show in 2002.


Maray Bears – Margaret Bubner Teddy Bear, History, Information

Margaret Bubner is a teddy bear artist from South Australia that has been making bears under the name Maray Bears or The House of Maray since 1988, being one of Australia’s original teddy bear artists. Her bears have been featured on TV and teddy bear museums in the United States and Japan.

Margaret Bubner’s interest in bears first started after going to a teddy bear workshop with a friend in 1986. In 1994, she started up The House of Maray – Home of that Special Bear. Maray came from a combination of her first name and her husband’s name, Ray.


Acid Attic Bears – Marion Klein Teddy Bear, History, Information

Marion Klein is a teddy bear artist from Evian-les-Bains, France and has been making bears under the name Acid Attic bears since 2005.

Typical Marion Klein bears are made of high quality mohair and cotton fabrics, fully jointed with cotterpin joints and double stitched, usually one of a kinds with tiny german black glass eyes. The face is sculpted with woodwool. The nose is embroidered with black pearl cotton and then coated with polished black wax. Acid Attic Bears are stuffed with woodwool and quality hypoallergenic polyester fibers. The paws are made of woodfelt.


Cimarron Lang Bears – Cimarron Bear Collection Teddy Bear, History, Information

Cimarron Lang is a teddy bear artist from Wellington, New Zealand and makes bears under the name Cimarron Bear Collection. All of her bears are handmade, original designs. The most common size is 16 inches but they can range from 6 inches to 35 inches. Typical Cimarron Lang bears are made of mohair, have traditional glass eyes, wooden joints, felt pads, embroidered noses, with a hump on its back. Most are filled with wool flock or pellets and dressed in historical costumes. She has created a number of character bears and also produced a number of teddy bear scenes including “The Painters and Decorators”.

One of Cimarron Lang more popular bears is the award winning “Captain Cook,” which is a fully dressed bear, holding a map and standing in front of the New Zealand flag.


Mayumi Watanabe Bears – Mammie Teddy Bear, History, Information

Mayumi Watanabe is a teddy bear artist from Tokyo, Japan and makes bears under the name Mammie bears. She began making teddy bears when she was only 17 years old and still in high school in 1990. Her designs are based on vintage bears but uses some personal touches working a long time on the face. She has won many awards for her bears in both the United States and Japan. Typical Mammie Bears have long limbs, are made with antique mohair fur, ribbon and eyes and stuffed with wood wool or excelsior and usually come undressed with few accessories. Mammie Bears are also produced in very limited numbers.


Miyuki Wada Bears – Miyuki Teddy Bear, History, Information

Miyuki Wada is a teddy bear artist from Ashiya City, Japan and makes bears under the name Miyuki Bears. She started making bears in 1983 after her husband returned from the United States with a bear for her. She made her first bear for her baby, with the body of yellow toweling and wooden buttons for its joints and a small music box in the tummy. To date, she has created over 400 designs that she works on late at night while her children sleep and each new bear spends it’s first night with her children. Typical Miyuki teddy bears are made from European mohair and cotton plush and come with clothes and accessories. Two of her more popular teddy bears are “Popo”, and “Percy”.

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