Anna Tide, though originally from Moscow, Russia, currently resides in Germany where she studied social work at the University. "But sociology isn't my vocation. My vocation is all that I can make by my hands." Her hands are always busy with something.
Anna's artistic talents started in her childhood with drawing and then in 2008, she discovered the world of artist dolls which lead her to teddy bears a short time later.
"The first artist bear I ever saw was in a collection of the doll maker I visited. This bear was a magical personality and it was not similar to anything I'd seen before."
Because she was living in Germany, there were no problems in ordering the materials, so she decided to try and make a teddy bear herself. "Why not?" she originally thought.
After the first bear, she told herself that she would never repeat the experience because the work was very hard, difficult and her hands hurt.
"But the bears were stronger than me! They decided that I'm just the right person who should help them to be born. I think sometimes that I am nothing more than a gate which my creations use to come into the world."
Teddy bears have helped Anna discover new friends and people with similar interests from around the world. Her use of the Internet is a very integral part of her life too.
"I like to take photos and share my vision of the world with other people," she remarked.
"My bears and dolls are a huge part of my world. Because of the Internet, people who know what I do and want to share in it, find me by themselves."
But because it takes a lot of time, she stays active in communication with International teddy bear communities, but does not do a lot of social networking because she doesn't have the time for it.