One of the features of artist teddy bears is how different artists play with proportion. My bears usually have more human proportions, but other artists distinguish their work with larger heads, longer bodies, big feet, etc. Placement of facial features also plays an important part in marking an artist’s work as their own design.
I love adding bears to my collection that exhibit characteristics that are different from my designs, but still convey an old classic teddy bear feel.
Today, I went to the post office as soon as they opened to pick up a package from artist Olya Isaenkova. The post is slow from Russia to the U.S. and I had almost forgotten about this purchase. When I received the delivery notice it was my husband who suggested it was probably “another bear thing” and then it hit me! I could barely sleep in anticipation!
From the top of her head to the heel of her tiny ballerina-like feet Tulip is about 6 inches tall. She is made of a delicate jade green short sparse mohair and will look pretty with my turquoise bears.
Olya stuffs her bears with pine sawdust. They have a good weight and a bit of a pleasant crunchy feel. She has embroidered a tulip with silk ribbon on the bear’s tummy.
I think what drew me to Olya’s bears was the long body paired with long slender limbs, small ears and a tiny snout. The shape of the face and placement of the features are child-like and endearing. She used the same size onyx beads for eyes that I did on my 4 inch bear – tinier than what some artists would choose for the head size, but this choice enhances Tulip’s winsome expression.
The two little friends will sit on my computer today and supervise me as I work. It makes my work day more pleasant to be surrounded by the things I love.
I can’t wait to see how Tulip looks with my turquoise and teal bears. They will make a very spring-like grouping! And look – she matches my McCoy pottery!