Following, is the translated version of the Teddy Bear & Co March 2012 article that Richard wrote about my bears. Enjoy!
Classics from Canada
Sometimes you think you’ve already seen everything in bears, but then you discover a new artist. These bears had a certain something. I’m talking about the bears of Laurie Brady. I found them on one of my online bear shopping tours. Before that, I had never heard of her and I wondered why?? She makes bears that I love so much. All with a touch of the old days. But how to find her?? OK, Facebook is there to find friends or new friends. As luck would have it, Laurie had just begun to be active on Facebook. And so we got in contact and very soon I found her homepage and Blog. Her blog is more up dated as her HP. I was so fascinated by her bears and by this very sweet artist. Needless to say, some of her bears have found their way into my home. When you see her bears, you get the impression that they are really big bears, but one can hardly believe that they are roughly 20 – 32 cm high. Since our introduction, we have gotten to know each other and appreciate each other. Laurie started making bears and animals in the early 80’s and at that time there was not the internet as we know it now. You had to look far if you wanted to buy mohair and other materials. Her first joints where made out of plastic discs she cut out of margarine containers. And going through her Dad’s tool box, she found cotter pins and washers. When she made her bigger bears, her Dad made hardboard discs. Many of her bears found homes with friends and family. Then university and jobs got in between and she made no bears. When Laurie and her husband were expecting their first daughter, she wanted to make something special. Her Sister had brought her a piece of Steiff mohair from Holland. She made a bear and after that, she was back in bear making. That was 11 years ago. Laurie strives to make the classic bear that is been played with by small kids. Often she uses old materials and when possible also old mohair’s. But we all know that is hard to find but she is lucky some times. Laurie’s bears are also aged some for the old look. They are all stuffed with wood wool and cotton. This gives the bears a special smell as well. All bears she makes are one-of bears. She does make similar bears to the ones she made if asked to, but we know that one-of bears are not to be repeated. Otherwise you could make a limited edition. The collectors know what I mean by that. Not only does she make bears, but also bunny’s and a monkey or two, all with the feeling of the old ones. Like every artist, Laurie is never satisfied with a look. She feels it can always be better. The feedback she gets from her collectors and other artists is very important to her. Coming from a very creative family it’s no wonder that at about the age of 10, she bought some fabric and a pattern of a monkey. In total secrecy, she hand-sewed the monkey and gave it to her mother as a gift. He mother was so very proud of her little girl. It was not only that she made it but also made her own choice of fabrics and the surprise. I have seen her mother’s work. Figures in Christmas settings made completely out of linen and they are really great. Laurie not only makes bears, but she also knits, crochet, cross-stitch and loves spinning exotic fibers. To relax, Laurie has a beautiful horse named Juno. She loves to ride in the forest, especially in the winter, when she can hear the snow beneath the hoof. Laurie does some shows and the rest of her bears are sold though her Blog. http://www.bearsbylauriebrady.blogspot.com
I hope I have introduced you to a new artist with the love of the old lost days.
Till next time BIG BEAR HUGS yours Richard