For several years, Heike Hilkenbach and her husband had a holiday home in Loppersum, Eastern Friesland in Germany.
It was very close to the sea.
"I loved this part of Germany with this clear 'wideness' where you can see the sky without looking up."
It was during a holiday that Heike decided to incorporate her feelings into her bears and named her company, "Loppi Bären (bears).
"The Loppi bears have the 'wideness' in their heart."
Heike grew up with hobbies that included knitting, crocheting and sewing. But one day, she just wanted to try something new and teddy bears came just in time.
"In the beginning I started with patterns from teddy bear magazines, but with little success. I kept on trying and during a teddy bear fair,
I bought a teddy bear making kit which contained good materials."
The results were far better and by participating in workshops, conducted by popular bear makers, she succeeded and improved.
Heike and her husband currently live in Gelsenkirchen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany with a mountain dog named, "Henry."
During long walks with her dog, her mind conceives new ideas.
Her first bears were contemporary with big noses and big paw pads. She continued to experiment with various fabrics, played with different patterns and proportions along with sewing techniques. She worked with open mouth designs, sculpted and Trapunto techniques and modeled clay noses.