Gregory Gyllenship

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Gender MALE
Industry Arts
Occupation Teddy Bear Designer and Maker
Location Surrey, United Kingdom
Introduction I have been designing and making Teddy bears since 1992. My original inspiration was the classic German Teddy with long elegantly tapered arms, a humped back and pronounced snout. Through the years I evolved different styles and enjoy the challenge of making a bear with a strong scuptural shape and substance, sometimes with bold colours and contrasts. Whatever the style of bear I make it is important to me to recall the origin of the Teddy Bear as a gentle creature of cloth and felt and needlework, so even a large grisly bear will always be a Teddy Bear at heart. I still very much enjoy the challenge of capturing the spirit and style of those early bears too and constantly revise patterns and details as an ongoing creative process.
Interests My Dogs Angus and Posh, Opera, Classical Music, Bel Canto Singing, Cars, Ocean Liners, Art and design, History, Teddy Bears, Vintage Teddy Bears, toys, vintage toys, Visiting National Trust and Historic places.
Favorite Movies Anything involving ships and planes, Love among the ruins.
Favorite Music Beethoven Violin Concerto, Mozart "The Marriage of Figaro", Amelita Galli-Curci singing almost anything, Music for Violin.
Favorite Books The Secret Garden, E.F Benson's adventures of Mapp and Lucia, I like reading biographies.