M. E. Bears were first created in 1994 in Queensland Australia. Originally I worked with any material I could lay my hands on from fur coats to synthetic fur from a craft store. I promptly decided that miniatures were going to be my forte and started to work on my initial designs. Then one day I was excited to read in a craft magazine you could actually purchase fabrics just for bears! This was a massive turning point for M. E. Bears. The short pile mohair and mini bear fabrics were so easy to hand sew.
Making my Bears, and Critters is such a pleasure – I get so excited when I see
their new little faces looking back at me. My creations have travelled to live all over the world and when they are adopted I feel like a part of me has gone with them. They are completely hand stitched by myself with love and are fully jointed – even my tiny 1/12 scale bears. I only use quality fabrics - mohair, sassy fur, French Synthetics, as well as vintage long pile fur, wool felt and ultra suede. I spend a great deal of time dyeing some of these materials for a more individual appearance.
2012 has been another exciting year for M. E. Bears. I have been kept busy working on brand new miniature designs including many dog breeds. The last two years I have entered critters in some of the international bear awards competitions. I was nominated for the 2011 Sydney People's Choice Awards and am ecstatic to have been nominated and to win my section in the 2011 ABC Awards! Also in 2012 I have won a Toby Industry Choice Award as well an Excellence in Bear Artistry Award. And to top off the year I have won an URSA Award which was then voted best in category by the public choice!
I hope you will enjoy looking at my bears and critters as much as I do creating them!