Crowd-Pleasing Appeal – Teddy Bear Art

The rise of Teddy bear art goes hand-in-hand with the continued popularity of kids wall art in the United States. The Art Business Journal reported that the kids art business industry is one of the largest and fastest growing in the United States. The publication’s latest survey revealed that the size of the industry is estimated at $213 billion, which is more than twice the size of the U.S. auto industry and seven times the size of the movie industry.

Need further proof of teddy bear’s cultural influence on U.S. society? Major bear artists continue to break attendance new artworks every year. Attendance and interest remains strong for the worldwide market. Even bear shows such as Brisbane Shows continue to grow every year.

What does America’s obsession with mean for teddy bear art? Although bear art occupies a small percentage of the fine-art marketplace, it is certainly a niche that is rising in prominence. Some of the foremost bear artists are well-known names in the art industry.

After a very inauspicious and shaky start, when the Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (SOCOG) tried to ban him, which took the intervention of Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister to save him when he told SOCOG to “back off” and let, arguably, the only Australian-made icon for the Millennium Games to stay in production, “Sidney the 2000 Olympics Bear” went on to win the prestigious Blue Ribbon at the 2000 Winter Wonderland Bear Show in Brisbane. He then went on to make me only the sixth living Australian bear artist to be so honoured when he was chosen by the world famous Dancing Bear Folk Center in the USA to be a featured bear in their Bear Museum. “Sidney” is now a closed edition, and somewhat world famous.

Cheap Wall Arts – another art supplier known for their discount canvas art, now are working with many artists to create multipiece teddy bear artworks for kids market. “There are a lot of teddy bear collectors out there; the key is to do something different for them,” Nick said. Their Executive Director Dora says the goal of their new bear artworks collection is “to serve as a bridge of understanding between two worlds, introducing teddy bear to the world of art.”

“[Teddy bear art] is art people can relate to,” Rein says. “We see people at the museum who are engaged or can relate to it and are excited about art. It brings back memories. It’s storytelling art.”

With more interest from consumers in teddy bear art, Fiorentino says the landscape among bear artists has changed since he started in the early 1990s.

“I started professionally at 16 years old, and back then, (bear art) started to take off,” says Fiorentino, now 31. “Back then, there wasn’t as much competition as is the case today.”

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An Article about Jaccy Thomas

Hi…Pleased to meet you…My name is Jacqueline (folks call me Jaccy) Thomas and I am the artist who created all the bears you are about to meet on this site.

People reckon I, and ‘He Who Reckons He Should Be Obeyed’ – commonly known as BigBadOzDave – are a pretty lucky pair, because we live and work in the magnificent tropical wonderland of the Whitsundays, here in North Queensland, Australia…I know, I know, it’s a tough life, but someone’s gotta do it, haven’t they?

I have been an artist for longer than I care to remember, and until recently I was a practicing professional Folk Artist & teacher, which I used to do along with my teddybear art…makes for a busy life, but I now specialise almost exclusively in teddies.

Since moving into teddybears, I have come to love the craft and get great enjoyment out of creating another little ‘person’ every time I turn the finished product over and look into his or her eyes.
Another very important part of my bearmaking is The Angel Bear Project. This is a project I and the BigBad have under- taken to raise medical research funds for the Australian Angelman Syndrome Association – a group of dedicated parents of kiddies suffering from this terrible affliction, unfortunately from which our little second grandson Lachlan sufffers. Make sure you visit The Story of the Angel Bears… it’s a wonderful story.

Because up here in North Queensland we are “only 24 hours from everywhere”, I sell most of my bears via the internet… so you’re right here in my shopfront with your visit to my website.

I have been indeed very fortunate since beginning bear making, with three of my teddies selected for the very prestigious Dancing Bear Folk Center Teddybear Museum in the USA, making me one of only two Australian bear artists selected for such an honour.

I’ve also had moderate success with showing my bears, and you can see all my award winners in the Winners section of this website.

Anyway, enough of my prattling on…you’re here to look at teddy bears, and by clicking on the ‘Next’ button at right, that’s exactly what you will be doing. Enjoy them….and thanks for visiting.

JACCY THOMAS

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