Making Collector Teddy Bears
A collectable-quality teddy bear is a work of art,
designed and created by a teddy-bear artist. As a result, each bear is unique, even
if it is one of a series. This is the first distinction between collectable-quality
and factory-made teddy bears. No matter how well made, factory bears have a noticable
sameness about them.
Teddy bear artists are professionals, working
to professional standards. Here are the standards used by TBAGNS - the Teddy Bear
Artists Guild of Nova Scotia. To be a member of TBAGNS, an artist must be juried by
the Nova Scotia Designer Craft Council. These
standards were written to help NSDCC in its jury process.
A collectable-quality teddy bear is made of
the best material possible, such as mohair, alpacca, high
quality synthetics, or (for miniatures) upholstry velvet. These can be quite expensive,
for example mohair can be over $100 a yard.