The name Bears From The Boot has been chosen to
emphasize the origin of my teddies and, recalling the boot-shape of Italy, to
remind to everybody that even in my country there are bear artists and
After a first attempt in bear making in spring 1996, I
started to sew again in 1998 when I was in England.
I lived in a pleasant town in Berkshire for more than
one year and, being only at a short distance from London, I had the possibility
to visit few bear fairs and exhibitions, not to mention antique markets and
many other places where new and old teddies were easy to find.
I get hooked with this cute characters and started
again to make some bears. After few examples made with scraps of coloured
synthetic fabric found in a local shop, I managed to buy a little piece of
mohair and… I’ve kept on making bears ever since!
The materials I use normally are English and German
mohair, suede or suedette for the paws and pads, cotter pin joints with metal
washers and single loop German glass eyes.
Most of my bears are filled with a mixture of
polyester and plastic pellets, even if I like to use wood-wool for the old
fashioned ones. Recently, I’ve been experimenting with ‘heavier teddies’, using
lead shots or small bags of sand to give more weight. I work with different
types of mohair, but the one I prefer is sparse or distressed, as it gives to
the bear that look of careworn.
I usually make one offs or small limited edition
teddies, as it is so exciting to see a new character and a different face
looking at you each time!
And, with so many ideas coming up into my mind, I
don’t even have enough time to make all of them!
Many of my teddies now live all
around the world, having found new home in Italy, Switzerland, Germany,
England, Belgium, USA, Japan and Taiwan! I hope they behave themselves!!
Some of them have been
exclusively created for the Copperstown Bears in Ohio (USA), others have been
made for Uniques Collectables in Suffolk (England) and Bear Garden in Taipei
I haven’t been making teddies
for several years (I became mother and have been quite busy!) but finally this
year I decided to start again with my passion for creating beloved Bears…
This 2017, a very new start!
Hope you’ll like them!