Presenting, for the Teddy Bear Artist Invitational 2006 "Salute to Sleuths"...
Wow! I showed at TBAI! This was an incredible thrill because, to me, this show is the "Disney" of Teddy shows, the best of the best! I was first introduced to the magic in 1997 when my folks and I made the 700+km drive from Montreal to Binghamton to attend the show. We were all dazzled, I added a beautiful assortment of critters to my collection and secretly hoped that one day I would be established enough to show my own creations there. In 1999 and 2003 I was back again as a collector.
But in 2006 it was all different! I went as an artist!
In November I received news from Chair-bear Cindy Malchoff that I was invited to participate and my gallery challenge, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, was also accepted!!
Of course, after the initial excitement and celebrating came the fear! Now what!? I had to create an amazing piece that would challenge my abilities and impress seasoned collectors! Oh boy!! Oh shit!! I knew all too well what kind of talent would be on display and was incredibly honored to be considered at par with these much admired artists!
So, I got to work! I already had a pretty clear idea of what I wanted my Buffy piece to look like: a feminine bear, totally relaxed and self-confident holding in one hand (by the throat of course) a horrible, terrifying demon, in the other hand a wooden stake. Why Buffy the Vampire Slayer? If you've never heard of the TV program, click here. In every episode Buffy and her friends solved a mystery of sorts, like who's eating the hearts out of the co-eds or why are the members of the swim team turning into fish-men? This was a perfect fit for me as I obviously lean towards the dark side but like to keep it fun!
I began to gather materials. I found a great Buffy wig at a doll show. When Hallowe'en arrived, I got my hands on Hallmark's "Spell Book Candy Container" (thanks again Sarah!) which I thought would make an amazing base. Then came the fabrics...
We were all dazzled
For Buffy, Schulte mohair in a cream color with pale pink ultrasuede paw pads. A blonde wig of course and eyelashes with beautiful green glass eyes. For the demon, black Venus Suede and red Duppioni Silk! Red/black/white marbles for eyes and faux red/black fur for accent.
Then I let the ideas brew over the winter Holidays...
To follow Buffy's creation, click here!
(If you'd rather skip to the finished creation, click here.)
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