Paula Strethill-Smith's Profile

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My parents owned an antique shop and were avid antique collectors themselves so I grew up surrounded by lots of beautiful and interesting treasures. I loved the toy cupboard which was filled with old teddy bears and soft toy animals in amongst these was a tiny miniature Schuco teddy bear made in the 1930s. I was fascinated by its size and charm and it was this little chap that inspired me to begin making miniature teddy bears.

My husband Simon then joined me and developed new techniques and skills he designs and sculpts all the boots and shoes making his own cast metal moulds.

We now create different sizes in teddy bears.dogs,rabbits and other characters.

We aim to recreate a look of well loved and cherished companions. With the Teddy Bears we still adore the look of early old antique bears from…

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  • Joined August 31, 2014

Favorite materials

Antique mohair, vintage plush, antique textiles, boot button eyes, leather, vintage buttons, silk ribbon

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Character Designs by Paula & Simon...

About

My parents owned an antique shop and were avid antique collectors themselves so I grew up surrounded by lots of beautiful and interesting treasures. I loved the toy cupboard which was filled with old teddy bears and soft toy animals in amongst these was a tiny miniature Schuco teddy bear made in the 1930s. I was fascinated by its size and charm and it was this little chap that inspired me to begin making miniature teddy bears.

My husband Simon then joined me and developed new techniques and skills he designs and sculpts all the boots and shoes making his own cast metal moulds.

We now create different sizes in teddy bears.dogs,rabbits and other characters.

We aim to recreate a look of well loved and cherished companions. With the Teddy Bears we still adore the look of early old antique bears from Germany and ours have all the attributes of those traditional bears with long arms and spoon shaped paws,centre seam noses,boot button eyes and with a slight raised hump on the back.

We have exhibited our collectors bears in London U.K, Paris France, Hennef Germany, San diego U.S.A Tokyo Japan.We are have won many top awards in the U.K,Germany,U.S.A and Japan.

We are delighted that our designs are on display in the Japanese Izu museum.




More recently a large collection of our designs are on display at the wonderful Puppenhaus Museum Basel Switzerland.

Thank you for visiting

Paula & Simon Strethill-Smith


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