A large part of the '90's Naomi spent living and working overseas. She let her bear making lapse. She never lost interest, even drag her boyfriend (now husband!) to a few teddy bear shows in England, "much to his amusement!"
Naomi attempted to restart her bear business several times but with full time work as a corporate receptionist, then a new baby, followed by part-time work and two more babies, she found very little time.
While juggling her family responsibilities, she worked on a big pattern which then became her signature bear and is now her logo.
"I work alone and have now been making bears and buds in a full-time capacity since late 2016. I have developed further patters in a variety of sizes, including pandas, polar bears and bunnies. My next work in progress is a dragon/dinosaur at the request of my youngest son who adores both!
Her bear patterns are based on traditional, older style bears and often features a prominent back, longer arms, a longer snout and larger feet. Each bear is unique while clearly belonging to the same family. "I work mostly with alpaca and mohair fur for my larger bears, and I tend to leave them bare rather then dressed. They are nearly always ‘boy’ bears, apart from my miniature ballerina range which I simply adore making."
Naomi has a web site featuring her latest bears, and connecting with other bear hosting sites.
"While I am happy for my bears and buds to be adopted online, I thoroughly enjoy attending doll and bear shows where I can meet my collectors. Seeing the instant moment they find a creation that they must have, brings me great joy!"
As times change there are less shows across Australia, and many temporarily halted because of the pandemic.
"Hopefully it won’t be too long until we can all meet again in person, but until then, thank goodness for online groups and online shopping!"