The artist: Connie Alexander of Nevada City
What is your career and your current job title? Creating and designing teddy bears and making children’s items.
Describe in a sentence or two your art. Making hand-crafted, collectable teddy bears in the traditional style using quality German mohair and creating their faces with love.
How long have you been working in this discipline? Since August 2000.
Why do you do it? Because I love creating teddy bears that seem to come alive with loving personalities.
What do you hope to accomplish? I would like more people to become aware of my artistic teddy bears.
Do you create your art with an exact message you want the viewer to receive and, if yes, what is that message? I would like anyone who has my teddy bears to feel the love and companionship that they give.
Where do you want to be with your art, in terms of part-time versus full-time status, art positions and where your works are seen? I feel comfortable with sewing part time. My teddy bears can be seen at the Teddy Bear Convention in Nevada City in April, also at doll/bear shows, the Country Christmas Craft Faire in Grass Valley Thanksgiving weekend and some quilt shows.
What kind of special training did you take? As a young girl, my mother taught me how to sew. The bear-making endeavor was learned with the help of another bear artist and classes.
What’s your least favorite part of your endeavors? I have no least favorites; every part of making a teddy bear is a pleasure and joy.
How many hours a day, or more appropriate, a week, do you spend on your work? Some weeks I sew 30 hours, and other times I spend relaxing and enjoy life.
Do you consider it hard work and could anyone do it? It’s not hard work, it’s fun work!! Anyone with some sewing ability can make a teddy bear; however, it does take artistic creativity to make a collectable teddy bear.
Any other comments you’d like to include? It was coming to the annual Teddy Bear Convention in April for more than 10 years that caused me to fall in love with Nevada City and move here with my husband upon our retirement.
“The Artist” appears each week. To suggest a creative talent who should be profiled in this feature, contact Pam Jung at email@example.com or 477-4232.
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