My youngest daughter, Roberta, was around four or five years old when she decided my husband, Iain, needed a toy to take to work with him. Her school had recently had a “bring your favourite toy to school day” and she thought it would be a good idea for Iain to do the same.
The only problem was that the toy she had chosen was much too big, so we went out to look for a small teddy to go in his briefcase. We found a lonely green fluffy teddy about 7" high – the last one on the shelf! - and we bought him. Berta wrote note, in her best hand writing ("My name is Briefcase Bear I am here to be your friend!") and we then snuck him into Iain's briefcase.
What I didn’t realise was that Iain had an important meeting first thing the next day, so the well-intended gift didn’t just surprise him but also his superiors sat next to him when he opened his case to find a tiny shaggy teddy with a child’s hand written note around its neck staring at him! Thankfully, Iain’s bosses have a sense of humour, and Briefcase Bear has gone everywhere with him since.
It was Roberta (now in her twenties) who suggested that the bears I had recently taken to making be called Briefcase Bears, a reminder of the intention behind that first little bear – a brighter start to the day, a companion that doesn’t argue or talk back, and more importantly, a friend at work to cheer you up.
Barry Bear. Approximately 11 inches high, made from vintage French Mohair with vintage French lace ruff. "Fed" with carded wool from North Wales and steel shot for added balance. The pattern is by fellow bear artist Sue Quinn I made him to learn a new technique now I have mastered it I will be using this on my own bears. So Barry is a one off by me!
An 12 inch bear made from Charles and Patricia Lester hand dyed screen print cotton velvet. This bear made from exquisite haute couture interior design fabric accessorized with their trade mark pleated silk fabric. These textiles are taking our bespoke bears to another level.
An 18 inch bear made from Charles and Patricia Lester hand dyed screen print cotton velvet. This bear made from exquisite haute couture interior design fabric accessorized with their trade mark pleated silk fabric. These textiles are taking our bespoke bears to another level.
A 20 inch German style bear made from made from Charles and Patricia Lester haute couture luxurious velvet hand dyed exclusively for us. He is accessorized with their trade mark pleated silk fabric and a pull cord music box in his tummy. These textiles are taking our bespoke bears to another level. ADOPTED
Exclusive digitally printed crepe de chine scarf from couture fashion designers Charles and Patricia Lester; approximately 85cm (34 inches) square, featuring an image of toys and teddies taken in the New Zealand Museum of Childhood. Complete with Certificate of Authenticity
A 20 inch German style bear made from made from mohair. He is “fed” with carded wool, wood wool, steel punchings and growler. Has glass eyes and is fully jointed with faux leather feet and paw pads. Dressed in hand made waistcoat and bow-tie
A 20 inch German style bear made from made from Abraham Moon and Co British wool fabric. He is “fed” with carded wool, wood wool, steel punchings and growler. Has glass eyes and is fully jointed and is dressed in hand knitted scarf.
Olaf is 7 inches high made from luxurious silk velvet that has been dyed exclusively for us by Charles and Patricia Lester. He has silk velvet paw and foot pads and is accessorised in silk velvet cravat. “Fed” a combination of glass pellets and carded wool from North Wales. He is fully jointed and has glass eyes.
Nathaniel is a 14 inch mohair bear in our take on a German style pattern. He is fully jointed with glass eyes, is "fed" with carded wool, wood wool and steel shot. He is collar is a hand crochet using beautiful new colour yarns from Rowan.
7-10 Living Crafts at Hatfield, Hatfield House AL9 5HX. CANCELLED
5 Cornish Bear Fair, King Arthur's Halls, TINTAGEL PL34 0DA
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