Artist Helen Gleeson
My passion is bear artistry, I am a bear artist, designer and creator of Bear Cub Designs. Having created bears since 2003 I now offer patterns, kits, and hold a few workshops a year. I share my love for bear making and my expertise through the Bear Making Guides and authored the beautiful and inspirational book Bear Basics and Beyond.
My bears have been published in many magazines, Australian Bear Creations (Australia) Teddy Bear & Friends (US) Teddy Bear Review (US) Teddy Bear Times (UK) Teddy Bear Annual (UK) German News (Germany) and Bears and Buds (US Online) My bears have been nominated for some major awards including Toby Award, Golden Teddy Award, Australian Bear Creations and Sydney Teddy Bear Fair including Peoples Choice. I supplied editorial pieces for both Bear Creations, Teddy Bear and Friends, but now publish these in my own magazine Bear Beautiful.
My signature style has developed with the use of recycled and vintage mink garments, spending many hours, scissor sculpting each unique face. Hand creating faux sweet treats from clay to co-ordinate with each cub or commissioning other artists to collaborate with me.
My husband and I live in the beautiful Australian bush just north of Perth in Western Australia, and yes I do have kangaroos in our front yard. I now have a beautiful art studio, built by my husband Ray. My studio decorated to inspire my bear making and marketing my art business. Working full time as an Account Executive and network product specialist for the leading Australian telco, I have gained much business knowledge.
I am now a proud Editor of our very own Bear Beautiful
. A beautiful magazine showcasing the very best our industry has to offer. I want to share our amazing talents with the world. I hope you can join me on this journey!
If you would like to drop me a line and say hi, please do, I'd love to hear form you.