I was born in Germany in 1950 and have lived
in Canada since 1954. I inherited my artistic skills and love
of needlework from my paternal grandmother Momo and my father.
I have been an artist since childhood and have dabbled in painting,
sculpture, printmaking, drawing, knitting, crocheting, quilting,
sewing, cross stitch, needlepoint and of course teddy bears.
I graduated from the University of Guelph with a degree in Fine
art and English, hoping for a career in commercial art. Fate
intervened and I became a Human Resources professional instead.
However, I always have a number of creative projects on the
go. Starting with teddy bears, I acquired a lovely collection
of steiff animals from my grandparents during my childhood and
they are proudly displayed in my home. I have never lost my
love of stuffed animals, and as teddy bears became more popular
in recent years, I naturally progressed from collecting to designing
and making my own. I started with plush bears about six years
ago, fashioning my first pattern after my old friend with the
red hat. I now work in mohair, fur and thread bears and love
every minute of it..
I have been making bears for about five years now and I started
to attend bear shows in the fall of 2003 and submit my work
to bear magazines. I have been published in both Teddy Bear
Review and Teddy Bears & Friends Magazines. I am thrilled
to have won the Ace Award from E-Bearz University for excellence
in Teddy Bear Design with my little bear Blue. This award was
awarded on October 1, 2003, by Nancy Tillberg, Dean of the University.
I won a second Ace Award for Fiona and the Frog Prince in September
I design all of my own bears and love to create
traditional Mohair bears. I have also created a family of crocheted
bears called Funcky bears named after my great grandfather,
the Baron von Funck. These bears are fun and off the cuff and
live up to their names. I write stories for all my bears so
they can be adopted and know that their names and characters
will be appreciated by their new owners. IN 2005 I added a new
bear family to my collection. These litle fellow are called
pocket buddy bears (PB Bears). They are inspired by the japanese
style bears and have large heads and small bodies and are small
enough for a pocket or purse so no one needs to leave home without