Bear Hugs Gift Studio is based on the South Coast of New South Wales (NSW), Australia.
The studio produces handmade bear haute couture and artist bear creations. The themes and characters of the bears are based on a variety of fashion styles from 17th to 20th centuries. Watch our Behind the Scenes video on You Tube.
Bear Hugs' gift teddy bears come in a range of styles and sizes. Some bears are TeddyTime and designer dressed whilst others are 100% handcrafted & collectable dressed bears.
Teddies make unique gifts for all ages, tastes and occasions such as: celebrating births, birthdays, engagements, or weddings; or maybe just a special plush gift to cheer a friend, as a memento, keepsake or heirloom for generations to come. Perhaps, you would just like to add a new face to your growing bear collection?
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As a practising textile artist, Caro is busy designing and creating charming character bears inspired by the fashions of days gone by. She first began creating bear and doll couture around the age of 7 years using her toy sewing machine. Throughout her life as an artist, community art-worker and business owner, she has revisited dressing bears as a favorite arts medium. Naturally, this also led to designing and creating the full teddy bear. You can check out Caro's other artwork mediums by visiting the gallery on her community development website.
Teddy Bears have been part of western culture from the beginning of their popularity in the early 20th Century. Toy-maker Morris Michtom created the first "Teddy" inspired by newspaper cartoons of Theodore Roosevelt's bear hunting escapades where the President was teased for having a compassion towards these fearsome creatures.
Following Michtom's original creation, a flurry of teddy bear manufacturing began in the USA. Around the same time, Richard Steiff of Germany also began designing bears from his drawings of these animals which were commonly held in bear enclosures for public amusement.
The early bears tended to be made without attire but bear owners soon began dressing them thereby personalising and humanising their bears. More than a century later, we still desire and enjoy acquiring these cuddly imitations of this carnivoran mammal of the Ursidae family. They remain the most popular of all plush, stuffed animals or soft toys.
Researching the human connection to textiles and their important part throughout our lives, the attraction of the teddy bear obviously comes through their tactility. They have long been a favorite gift for babies and children, and with so many different bear styles available, any gift recipient is sure to be bestowed with a unique companion that is always there ready to cuddle or admire.
Dressing bears may seem like a childlike pastime but designing and sewing these tiny outfits is a wonderful challenge of creativity, patience and skill. There is great reward and immense delight in the achievement of creating unique bear characters.
Particular styles of bear outfits may be selected to suit an upcoming occasion, to enhance your home decor or simply to extend an existing bear collection.
Dressed bears are certainly more interesting than the average bear!
With such widespread manufacturing of teddy bears in their zillions, Bear Hugs mission is to produce exquisite creatures in limited edition outfits that are guaranteed to bring cheer into anyone's day. The teddy bears we dress become unique individuals, you couldn't ask for more!
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Take a peak at our 'Behind the Scenes' video below. See part of the creative process and order distribution at our teddy bears online shop.
Bear Hugs Gift Studio
Tuross Head, New South Wales 2537
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