Megelles by Lisa Dopking
If you aren't familiar with me or my work, I am one of Australia’s leading bear artists and designers. I have been bear making since 1985. I have won numerous awards including a TOBY Industry Choice Award.
My first attempt at bear making was in 1985 after completing a patchwork quilt making course whilst I was based in Sydney. In 1990 I returned to Brisbane and discovered the delights of fur fabric. I am now one of Australia’s most renowned teddy bear artisans. I established my business in 1995 and the unusual name of ‘Meg-el-les’ is a combination of my daughters’ names Megan and Ellen.
Each design from Megelles is an original. My collectable bears are mostly one of a kind or very small limited editions of artist bears. I design and make all the bears and their gorgeous outfits.
My bears are from 6" to 24" in size. They are very traditional with a "country style" to the finishing details. Often they have a companion. I love the felted mohair and often age my bears. I use replica shoe button eyes and if suitable vintage accessories. There is a never ending array of patchwork and quilting fabrics available to inspire. My bears all have 4 claws on each limb and have the MEGELLES smile.
I only produce a limited number of bears each year as well as several new designs especially for bear makers.
Thank you for taking a look at my bears. Keep smiling and enjoy my bears as I enjoy making them for you.