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Soft Sculptured Painted Art Bear

Michele J Designs

Soft Sculptured Painted Art Bear


A bear can be found in the woods, but how often do you find the woods on a bear?  This soft sculptured painted art bear is made by starting out with a wire frame.  Using repurposed wool, layers are created using a needle and thread to "sculpt" the figure to the desired shape.  Then, the velvet is sewn on from a repurposed blazer, and details are added using a technique called "thread painting."  Then, a wooded scene with a stream is hand painted on vintage linen on the side of the bear, which has glass bead eyes.  The bear is perched on a vintage driftwood and is completely made by hand; no machine is used.  This bear took approximately 35 to 40 hours to create.  This keepsake can be handed down and bring delight to young and old.

Soft sculptured using repurposed wool and velvet from a repurposed blazer; details added by "thread painting" technique; hand painted scene on vintage linen; glass bead eyes; perched on vintage driftwood; made completely by hand (no machine used); creation time approximately 35 to 40 hours.

Michele Bango began creating clothes for her Kewpie dolls starting at about 9 years old with her Grandma on a treadle sewing machine. Although she learned on a machine, many of her works that she creates today are all stitched by hand. The techniques and designs that she uses are her own in which she creates works of art starting with a blank piece of fabric. She has been a "Teddy Bear Artist" for almost 35 years, creating artisan teddy bears, animal art dolls and birds out of both new and repurposed materials.

The PA Wilds is home to an impressive and diverse community of skilled artisans, craftspeople, and producers working across a variety of media. The PA Wilds Conservation Shop is proud to source and curate our shop using products made the many talented makers of The Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania.  
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