Thank you for taking the time to visit, my name is Janice Davidson the artist behind Bearitz.
I have been designing and creating one of a kind handmade collectable teddy bears for over ten years and I am lucky to be based in the beautiful Perthshire countryside in Scotland.
View of Dunsinane Hill mentioned in Shakespeare's play Macbeth
A friend introduced me to my first artist bear and I was soon hooked buying mohair, magazines and tools. From the outset I created my own patterns, preferring to make contemporary style teddy bears with long necks and big feet. As the years have gone by I now find great pleasure in designing all kinds of bears, having gained the necessary skills and experience to do the traditional teddy bear justice. I hope their quirky style shows their zany personality, these bears just want to have fun!
Bearitz collectable bears are handmade using the finest quality fabrics. I prefer to work with German mohair and alpaca from Steiff Schulte or Helmbold. Sometimes I will hand dye the mohair for a wider choice of colour.
Some of my hand dyed mohair
For the paw pads I use ultrasuede, leather and velvet. Every nose is hand stitched and it is only then that each teddy bear develops his or her own character. The bears are weighted with a little steel shot in their tummies and they vary in size from miniature 3” (8cm) to the larger 27” (67cm). All of my one of a kind bears are marked 1/1 and each is accompanied with a signed certificate of authenticity.
Hand stitching the face of a bear
I have also designed for Deans Bears (the oldest UK teddy bear manufacturer) and Compton and Woodhouse. I feel very privileged that my bears travel, finding new homes all over the world. What stories they could tell?
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