Being a bear maker is rather like being King Knut...you really are in a position where sitting there thinking that you can stop things happening is futile, the business moves on without you if you don't move first! So to keep on making the same old, same old while it's easy is not at all productive or, for me at least, creatively satisfying. Hence why I am constantly trying hard to give my bears an 'edge'. I do think it's important for me to try to stand out from the crowd...whether I achieve that is not for me to judge...but I love thinking of new directions to take the bears. While I never completely leave my 'style' behind I do like to constantly test myself and push my personal envelope!
I have looked at lots of areas which to the outside might not appear on the surface much different but I have looked at the way I do the eyes on my bears and have made a significant change and am loving the new look...and I have designed lots of lovely new oufits with a new colour story which I am excited about. This is Gertrude who is the second of my Booted Bears...wearing a pair of hand made leather boots which go nicely with her pretty outfit.
I think that's why I love bear-making....it let's my imagination go wild!!