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Peace Bear Design

This is the design I developed for a 6ft tall bear sculpture for the Bears of Sheffield city art trail, a fundraising initiative for The Children’s Hospital Charity for Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

Sheffield is a vibrant and wonderfully diverse city with many languages spoken. The Peace Bear represents all these languages in a message of peace and unity.

Peace is written on the bear in the languages of Sheffield’s people in community workshops, using their script, so that everyone can find their ‘Peace’ on the bear.

Peace has so many meanings of understanding, acceptance and cooperation, which underpin life in Sheffield.

Trialling paint hues. After enjoying Japanese watercolours and gouache lately I reminded myself of the characteristics of acrylic paint.

I enjoyed the process and look forward to seeing all the brightly coloured bears around Sheffield, raising money for this important and worthwhile charity.

These were my favourite designs from the Herd of Sheffield in 2016 which raised over £610,000 for Sheffield Children’s Hospital with 58 large and 72 small elephants.

The Elephants were all united at Meadowhall at the end of the campaign.

Unfortunately my design was not commissioned this year but thought I’d share my design to send love and peace to all at this challenging time.

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The Inspire Bear

Ta da: I’m delighted to share the Inspire by Kim bear. Made from fabrics that I have designed using techniques including batik, tie dye, dry point printing. 

When flicking through a magazine that my friend brought two years ago after my knee injury I saw a bear pattern that I just had to make in my fabrics. 

Now I’m not naturally a recipe/ pattern/ instruction follower by nature, but my keenness to make the bear helped me follow the steps in the Craft Seller article, which surprised both me and my loved ones. 

Starting to emerge

There was a little magic happened when I started making in fabrics that I have created myself. I chose contrasting fabrics ext to each other for a colourful, as you’d expect from me no doubt, cheery bear. 

I used free machine embroidery to add a colourful heart and make his nose. 

Read to be turned out

Loving the fabric colours meant that I loved the process. The making was also a great boot camp for my sewing techniques as the size of the bear made for small seam allowances which were sometimes fiddly. 

The bear is intended to delight. He carries the messages ‘Be’ and ‘Light’ as a reminder not to take things too seriously, easier said than done. His ear has the Inspire by Kim brand and he has ‘Kim’  on his foot, a little nod to the Tou Story films with Buzz Lightyear and Woody each having ‘Andy’ on their foot. 

Craft Seller magazine that inspired the make
Bashful Bare

I’m wondering about adding eyes, but I’m going to sleep on that as I’m liking him just as he is right now. 

I’m excited to see where this latest make will lead to next. Watch this space and follow my blog if you’ve enjoyed this post.
Related makes are:

Inspire by Kim dress and bag

Illustrated Children’s Book

My Life in Paper

Colourful Yarn Dress Designs

Dissolvable Fabric Experiment