What do you get with the UK, a Boat, Canals and a Teddy Bear Artist?
The answer is simple: Estelle's Canal Bears. Estelle contacted me about a week ago regarding teddy-bears.org. After reading her bio and swapping emails, I had the opportunity to learn a little bit about her and became interested in her Teddy Bear Studio.
Where is her studio you ask? On a Canal Cruiser currently docked on the Rochdale Canal. While cruising the British Inland Waterways (all 3200 km worth), she is also designing Teddy Bears in her travels. Talk about working on holiday!
She gets her inspiration for her bear names from places along the canal. Her bears originated in the New Forest, where she sold at craft fairs, Hayloft Gallery and the Redhouse Museum in Christchurch Dorset. She is also an active member of CADarts and designs all of her own bear patterns so no two bears are ever alike. Her bears are made of synthetic furs and often come with their own toys or furniture. Her bears are generally for the adult collector. Each bear comes with a Yorkshire Passport and Birth Certificate.
But don't go looking for her at Rochdale Canal; her boat was undergoing maintenance for 6 months, but it is now complete. Off again! Estelle has access to the internet and keeps in contact with her collectors through email. Since her boat is not an ocean vessel, there is always a place for her to send bears to collectors.
You can view Estelle's Canal Bears Bio at Teddy-Bears.Org