My heart belongs to classical and vintage bears.
It all began with Gustel. In 1992 I came across a teddy bear pattern at a craft store while looking for other items. I bought the pattern, made the bear, and called him “Gustel”. He was a giant of 50 cm. A few weeks later I found a teddy bear magazine… And so the passion started.
I live in a small village near Nuremberg (Northern Bavaria) and share my home with my husband and two miniature dachshunds called Pauline and Miss Amy. Miss Amy is a little devil. She takes every opportunity to steal items in my bear studio. I have always been creative, and I have a passion for music. I have played the French horn since childhood. But I can really express my feelings with bears. That gives me so much pleasure.
My heart belongs to the classic bear. I make miniatures as well as larger bears. My bears are between 10 and 30 cm but my favourite size is 12 cm. I only use high-quality materials, such as German mohair and German glass eyes. All of my bears are OOAK. Sometimes I use 100-year-old mohair. It is not easy to get and is difficult to work with, but a bear made from this material is just wonderful.
Pauline and Miss Amy have a little input on my designs too. I like to take time with the bear’s facial expressions as I think this is what makes them special. One of my friends always says my bears have the same faithful look as my dachshund ladies and when I look at my bears, I can see Pauline or Miss Amy in their eyes.
I have taken my bears to a variety of shows in Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. Now I am looking forward to being part of the new Hugglets Online Festival and I am proud to present my creations there.