I call my creations soft sculpture firstly because I usually make other animals instead of bears so I needed to find a term to use because it is really hard to call a puppy or cat a Teddy bear. For the most part they are made the same as Teddy bears, as in from a pattern, cut out sewn out of fabric and stuffed with stuffing, but aren't a teddy bear because they are usually a different animal other than a bear.
Secondly in the art sense I use the term soft sculpture because that is what they are, they are a piece of sculpted art to display like you would a sculpted figure from clay, wood, bronze, porcelain etc., just that my medium for sculpting is fabric and stuffing instead of clay or something else traditional for sculpting.
The cool thing with soft sculpture over hard sculpture is that when you get tired of one pose you have it displayed in you can change the pose any time you want
Does that help?
Why would you want them just for display? What they love is to be squuzzed and cuddled. I love on my artist bears the same as I do the manufactured ones and I believe they know they're very loved. It makes me cry when I hear about a bear or critter that is only displayed and never cuddled with *cry, cry, cry*.
Thanks Kelly, absolutely! I didn't mean they are just for display, I have hundreds of emails from my collectors who send me picture stories of their creations and their adventures, one lady even sends me videos, but these same people also put them back into a display cabinet when they are done playing with them to protect what they have paid a large chunk of change for from dust, sunlight, pets etc.
I don't freak out about them living in a display cabinet when they're not being played with. I know they have to have a house. I just feel bad when they're not played with at all. I heard about a bear someone had from the 80s, not an artist bear, that she kept in a box. I'm obsessed with 80s bears and I was like NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!! Sorry, I'm weird, I know.
You're not weird at all! I couldn't imagine a bear or any other animal kept in it's box once it gets to it's new home, they should be out for all the world to see, and to snuggle too of course.
Teddy bears are one of the worlds best comfort givers and none should be left in a box.
I call my work Soft Sculpture because it seams to be an easier term for people to under stand LOL When someone see an stuffed animal for $200 they seam to be weirded out but when I call it a soft sculpture it's more "fine art" LOL it's a bit of a mind game if you will ^_^ But I also make "traditional" teddy bears (jointed, hump back, etc) that I just call artist bears. I use the term soft sculpture for my plush animals that are needle felted or painted in some way.
Here is a good example of one of my soft sculptures, but there are other things that can be called soft sculptures
Yeah, I see that. I'm new to artist bears and most people I know don't collect bears, so yeah, I can see where that would work. I think I could be mildly autistic, though, or either OCD, and I have weird reactions to some words. Soft sculpture is one of them. It's like for some reason whenever I hear it I also hear a big diminished chord like they use in movies or something. It's a really weird thing that I have.
Here is a good example of one of my soft sculptures
That's a good explanation, Nina. And oh, Jessie! If only you could see this guy. He's one of my favorites of all time - a standing-up dragon in bright orange with white and red. He has fingers and toes, fangs sticking up from his lower jaw, a friendly, innocent kind of face, and his head comes off! (In the last picture he's holding it in one hand!)
He's a dragon goblin creature thing not really what type of animal he would be.
LOL yeah his head comes off because he was a creature from the 80's movie The Labyrinth called a Fire Gang or Firery. In the movie they could remove their head and legs LOL I used a strong magnet to hold his head in place.