While the focus of my teddy bear collecting is on antique teds, I do sometimes find modern bears I like. Some of my favorites are made by the contemporary artist Cindy McGuire
, of China Cupboard Bears
. Her crazy creations feature interesting proportions, enormous noses, wacky smiles, and clothing and accessories constructed from vintage materials.
, a lovely little lady bear about 10 inches tall, sporting a fascinating hat with vintage trims. Her handmade dress suits her perfectly, and her old paper umbrella completes her presentation. Alice's mauve-backed purpley-grey mohair is one of the most unique I've ever seen.
Doesn't she look just like an eccentric little old lady out for a stroll?
Here's Alice without her hat, revealing her
oddly-proportioned, yet adorable, face:
Next is Alice's cousin, 16 inch Hubert,
with his little wooden friend, Nog
. Nog is a vintage piece, as is the fabric used to make Hubert's costume. Hubert looks like he's ready for the beach:
Hubert has a great face; it always makes me smile.
It's worth a couple of profile shots to see the full effect:
Last but definitely not least is a 14 inch, multi-hued bear that people seem to either love or hate. (I love
him.) I'm not sure of his name, as he was sadly missing his tag when he arrived. For obvious reasons, I've called him Smiley
A face to make you giggle...or haunt your nightmares,
depending on your taste...