Joined Mar 7 2010
Boechout, Antwerp, Belgium
Bear-Hands Collectors Bears
TBAAF - Purchase Directly From International Bear and Doll Artists
Although my love of teddy bears goes all the way back to my childhood, my hug of teddy bears started growing just a few years ago. Maybe it has something to do with becoming "middle-aged" :)?
The first bears in my hug were manufactured bears (Steiff, Merrythought, Charlie Bears, ...), because I thought that artist bears were incredible expensive:roll:. However, after discovering some wonderful artists like Marilyn Lambert (Barling Bears), Catherine Young (Bumpkin Bears) and Paula Carter (All Bear), I was soon hooked on artist bears.
Though I consider my hug to be modest, but it still keeps growing and growing.
Being much too clumsy with needle and thread, I am strictly a collector (though I prefer the term "teddy bear lover") and have the greatest admiration for all bear artists.
I have met some wonderful people in the teddy bear community and their kindness and generosity never ceases to amaze me.