Karin Kronsteiner Bears – Teddy Bear, History, Information

Karin Kronsteiner is a teddy bear artist from Graz, Austria, making bears under the name Kunstlerbaren. She started collecting bears in 1990 and made her first one in 1992 named Petzi. Just five months later she had her own bear show in her hometown of Graz, Austria. She has designed over 50 bears to date and has been featured in newspapers and on television. She makes all the bears herself, designs the patterns, buys all the materials, knits the clothes and hand sews each bear. Each bear takes about 30 to 50 hours to finish, with some of the larger teddy bears taking around 100 hours. Typical Karin Kronsteiner bears are fully jointed, made of mohair, have glass eyes and are filled with synthetic materials and pellets.

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