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Hi, my name is Lynda Hampton and I live in a beautiful part of the world, Kangaroo Island, off the southern Coast of Australia wher the countryside belongs to the wildlife, especially the kangaroos and wallabies. We live just outside the main town of Kingscote in a rural area. A great place to be creative and there are many talented artists on the island. I have been a teddy bear artist for many years and although I have made quite a few dolls over the years it wasn't until 2012 that I became very serious about the art of dollmaking. I was so inspired by The antique dolls of Izannah Walker that I began making dolls in the same style and now the Izannah Walker reproductions. I am fortunate to have acquired the molds, of three different antique Izannah Walker dolls. For the past couple of years I have been making and successfully selling my Izannah Walker inspired dolls. They have found homes with collectors around the world. I am delighted that I now have the opportunity to create and pass on to the collector exact copies, capturing every detail of the old but still charming dolls. These reproductions show every detail of the original antiques, including the scuffs, the general wear and tear of the originals and even the finest detail such as the texture of the stockinette fabric. Please visit my site often, as I will be showcasing and offering for sale, my latest reproduction Izannah Walker girls.I like to use antique fabrics and lace and my dolls are mainly painted with oils. I just love bringing the pieces of cloth to life. Doll and bear making is my passion.

I have traded at various Doll and Bear fairs over the years,including "The Adelaide Doll and Teddy Bear Show" and the Linda MullinsTeddy Bear and Antique Toy Fair in San Diego, USA. I also list some of my dolls and bears on Etsy.

There was also an article written about me in the "Australian Dolls, Bears and Collectables" a few years back titled 'Picnic at Hampton Bears".

 Being a collector of old bears I tend to make mainly traditional style bears, especially German Style. Some of the earlyTeddy Bear makers such as Steiff and Bing have greatly influenced thestyle of bear that I make. They are all made from mohair fabric, have glass eyes or even old shoe button eyes and fully jointed like the old bears. I also use good quality wool felt for the pawpads. My bears range in size from 8" to 18". 

I just love the early bears and sometimes I give my bears an antique aged look by staining and shaving off some of the mohair.

 

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4 Comments

Reply New Avenue Crew
5:28 PM on September 22, 2010 
Hi, Lynda, thanks for being my friend! :o) Because of my full-time job, I'm a very slooow bear maker, but I am blessed that my husband is very supportive of my desire to create them. Maybe someday I can have only a part-time job so bears will be more of a "real" job for me, too!

Hugs to you from Colorado,
Debora
Reply Maggie2bears
8:02 AM on August 7, 2010 
Greetings Lynda ! Please let me extend a long overdue Welcome to you to the TBAAF Site. It's a delight to have you join us. Thank you so much for filling in your profile page....we certainly do appreciate it. It's always interesting to learn the stories of our members. I have to say I love your bears. I have bought a few from you in the past and they are cherished members of my hug. The sweet bear on your profile pic is awesome !! So Traditional & So Wonderful !! Just my favorite kind of bears ! We hope you have been enjoying yourself exploring the site & what it has to offer. I'm looking forward to chatting with you sometime. Please feel free to drop by and say " hi " or if you see me on-line....I'd love to chat ! Hope you have a lovely Day.....
Kind Regards & Bear Hugs......Maggie
Reply Peterbear
12:42 PM on June 21, 2010 
Hi Lynda,
Thank you for the lovely comment. Maybe I will put the photos in a teddy bear book .. one day.
I had a look at your bears as well : they are exactly the kind I like : good "old fashioned", traditional teddies (I really love Jojo !).
Hugs,
Peter & the bears
Reply .
8:50 AM on June 20, 2010 
Welcome Lynda,

I really love your bears! They have a very beautiful expression, sometimes having a very old look, but not that. I discovered Hampton bears on Ebay, they are very appealing!
I think I will certainly be tempted by one of these magnificent bears!

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