Iris and Ches Chesney started bearmaking over 30 years ago from their base in Carnforth in Lancashire and had some success from the very beginning. Unlike most artist bears, the ones made by Iris and Ches are usually open editions but they rarely make a large number of any bear.
They both love old bears and this is reflected in their work. Iris and Ches attend many shows and bear fairs in the UK each year and are also happy to pass on some of their secrets in their bear making classes.
Their introduction of the “My Old Bear Collection” which is based on early British, American and German designs from the first half of the last century, replicates not only the design but also the essence of the original bears. Each bear in the collection has that unique feel and look of the old teddies - at much more affordable prices! Iris and Ches are also great characters, both with a lovely sense of humour, as their cartoon cards and designs show.
HM Bears can be said to be among the forerunners of the Bear Artists that we see today.
Janet Changfoot’s bears are instantly recognisable with their distinctive airbrushed detail, mainly around the eyes and nose. Born in South Africa and now living in East London, she has rapidly gained an international reputation and exhibits her much sought after bears all over the world.
Janet was the 2000 British Bear Artist Award (BBAA) winner and is one of the growing number of talented bear artists of this new millennium who have, literally, changed the face of teddy bear making through their great talent and their wonderful craftsmanship