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Saturday, 4 December 2010
I thought you might like to meet Auguste, he is one of my red bears I mentioned in a previous post who I could not wait to get started on.
Auguste is from my Arts & Crafts range and he is named after a type of clown from the early 20th century. An Auguste clown is famous for its small hat. Auguste is German for "Foolish" and is considered the least intelligent but the most beloved of clowns.
Auguste is 19 inches tall and a One of a Kind bear who is made from a rich, classical looking antique red velvet on a beige back fabric which I have aged and distressed and complimented with two very large antique looking metal buttons with red button centres on his tummy. His large head is made from a pale blonde German mohair. Auguste's paw pads are made from a very pale beige, thick quality German wool felt.
Auguste has very large aged black glass eyes with white needle felted detailing and a large threadbare black, waxed, embroidered nose. He proudly wears on top of his head a small, matching clown style hat which has also been aged and finished with a very large rusty bell on top and around his neck he wears a frilled cotton print collar which is in red and beige and trimmed with beige antique style lace.
This classic looking large bear is fully jointed, his head is wobble jointed. Auguste is firmly filled with a heavy weight stuffing.
My name is Jacqui Ellerton and I trade as Jac-Q-Lyn Bears.
I have been designing and making bears for over 15 years. My bear craze has turned in the last 13 years from an addictive hobby into a fulltime passion. I am probably best known for my wacky style of bears which have my usual tell tale signs eyelids, enamelled eyes, sculpted faces and paw pads, embellished with airbrushing and not forgetting droopy ears.
Bear making has enabled me to travel to Japan demonstrating bear making within a large department store.
In 2009 I was fortunate to win an URSA AWARD for one of my Toy-Box Treasures Jessie and in 2010 I won another URSA award for my Urchins Jellie & Bean. In 2011 I won an URSA award for Prestbury a Toy-Box Treasure, and this year I am very proud to say that in 2012 I have won another 3 URSA awards with Tobias Crumb a Toy-Box Treasure, Podge a wacky bear and Old Friends a pair of Toy-Box Treasures. I have been featured in numerous teddy bear publications throughout my bear making career and also commissioned to make a bear for a TV advert for a very large American company.
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