Hello there!! My name is Maxine & I live in the U.K. I've been creating teddy bears & other animals since 2014 after I recovered from a period of illness where collecting teddy bears lifted my spirits. Collecting bears gave me the inspiration to create my own & I have never looked back. I come from a fine art background & am in love with colour & texture. It’s extremely relaxing to handsew for me & bearmaking is great therapy! I get so excited & find such joy in creating these special soft sculptures, especially the way in which my bears have a life & mind of their own. I have a picture in my mind of how I would like a bear to look but the bears dictate which way they want to go with this & I follow. This part of the process is what I love the most - when the bear or critter says hello! Do you like me? This is me & this is how I want the world to see me. I don't have any one particular style, I just go with my mood. I may wish to create a big fluffy bear in gorgeous Tissavel/faux fur or a smaller primitive bear made from tactile viscose & mohair. I often pair furs together & use antique fabric for a beautiful look & touch. I do like to weight all my bears & critters with steel shot for that extra realistic feel & hug. I hope you enjoy looking at my creations. They are all made with much love & heart. All my pieces are OOAK & 5/6 way jointed. Their patterns are designed by me & never repeated. This makes them true one of a kind artist creations. Sometimes I design outfits for my bears but they always wear handmade necklaces. Every bear is handsewn, I never use a sewing machine. I would love to hear from you if you have any questions or comments!