By Liz Walker Watts
'ye Olde' Victory Bear 16 |
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8½ inches (21.5 centimeters)
*All bears in this series sold between now and Christmas will sport their very own handmade poppy in honour of Remembrance Sunday 11 November 2016. See last picture in this listing for this bear proudly wearing his poppy*
Hand stitched in Schulte Mohair
5-way jointed with wobbly neck and arms
German Glass eyes
Prim missed-stitched nose.
Fed full on heavy poly with steel shot added for extra weight
All bears in this range have being sympathetically aged and shaded post sewing and in some cases the mohair has been shaved or dyed to depict their ‘ye Olde’ appearance.
Each ‘ye Olde’ Victory bear will wear a vintage piece of military clothing. This little bear wears a Russian Infantry Jacket. All are clean but please note they are used / old so not perfect. Some clothing will have being mended where other items may be marked or stained, adding to the timeless feel of each individual bear.
Each piece removable and a vintage find.
Every ‘ye Olde’ victory bear will come to you with a numbered disk stating his number in our collection and our label sewn into his back seam.
He wears a tag with his birth details around his neck.
A bundle of ‘replica’ wartime paperwork will accompany each bear, these will vary and may be an old photo, newspaper, ration book, letter or postcard and will be tied in aged ribbon and can be used as a prop when you display your bear. Please note however the paperwork you receive with your bear may differ slightly from that shown in the pictures.
Please note this bear is a collector’s item only and not a toy.
“One night I had a dream….
A family mourning the loss of their deeply loved grandfather had the daunting task of clearing out his home, the home he was born in and later, after marrying his childhood sweetheart went on to rear his own family until his recent death.
They started the clean-up in his garage not expecting to find much more then old tools and junk. But buried deep in the back of the garage behind a work bench they found a large old trunk.
What was in this trunk? No one had seen it before, so they couldn’t imagine what secrets they were about to uncover, nor the memorabilia that they were to discover.
Having no idea what its contents may hold, they proceeded to open the trunk by carefully lifting the lid but they broke the delicate worn hinges in the process. At first glance they found some old covers concealing a two chest compartment. They lifted the covers to reveal its secrets.
The top compartment contained papers dating back to the early 1900’s
These documents included letters, postcards, ration books, recipes, rule books, army flyers, emergency instruction booklets, pass books, household leaflets, disease leaflets, propaganda posters, medical reports, post cards, news cuttings, red cross leaflets and letters. These documents were all military in nature and originating from all corners of the globe evoking the nostalgia of the last two world wars.
They were intrigued, their grandfather had not fought in either war as he had suffered polio as a child and had spent the war years working within the community and not on the front line.
They were soon to discover something even more interesting. Setting aside the documents they lifted the tray from the top compartment. This second compartment was filled with hundreds of small packages wrapped in fine tissue paper and tied in old ribbon.
Carefully unwrapping and inspecting each package they were delighted to find each package contained a little bear? Who’s bears were these and where did these bears come from? “
Hello my name is Liz. I live in the beautiful county of Wiltshire in the United Kingdom. I am the creator of ‘Wacky’ Walker Bears alongside Walker ‘Watts’ Raggedy and Liz’s Little Folk As a self-taught mixed media artist I have always had a passion for creating, always looking to take art to the next level of creativity.My bear making adventures started in the late 80’s and to be honest although I have pursued other art forms I always leap right back to creating bears and their cuddly friends. My style has evolved over the years possibly as I ‘bore’ easily and am always game to try something a little different or add a little of another art form into the bear making process.I work mostly in mohair but recently have developed a passion for Viscose and other vintage fabrics. I love the insurgence of the vintage look into all forms of art forms these days also always being passionate about recycling, possibly due to my African routes as when I started my bear making there wasn't always the variety of fabrics I wanted available at the time. I experiment with various forms of filling materials as well depending on the size of the bear in production.Mostly my bears are of my own design but often an artist appears who’s creations touch my heart. I do sometime work from others designs but will always give them credit if credit is due, I am forever grateful for their creative input into my own work and style.My bears range in size. This varies as well, who’s to say what size I will be making next? What inspires me? This is a difficult question as just a thought, a picture, a piece of fabric, another artist beautiful creation or just simply a vision – then the work starts as I can’t rest until I have turned something into reality. But I can honestly say each and every one of my creations are thought in a vision, Created in dreams, Designed by the soul, Drawn in a doodle, Made with love,And Presented with a passion. I find it hard to wait for that new miracle to be born in the fur
I am presently bear making full time, working part time. A mum to four, married to the love of my life and best friend, Rodney. Artists cannot ever work for free! We have bills to pay just like you. My work takes: Imagination & Creation, and many hours of my time. I can honestly say I am blessed to have the life I have and also able to pursue my creative passion in the way I do. A BIG thank you to all you lovely people for welcoming my little guys into your world. Thanks again for taking the time to look at my workYou can follow our shenanigans in the studio https://www.facebook.com/wackywalker.bears
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