Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Learning Journey in USA (Part 1) ~ Making a Realistic Bear with Joanne Livingston

Joanne Livingston is one of the best realistic bear artist based in USA. She has been making bears for more than 30 years! Her bears are all very highly sought after and highly priced due to all the intricate details she has given to a bear to make them realistic. Her techniques are extremely time consuming especially since she gave her bears needle felted faces and later root fur onto the felted faces. To enhance the realism, armatures were built internally so that her bears can pose as close to look like real ones.

Wayne has known Joanne for more than 7 years; from the very beginning when he first started bear making. Joanne has been his mentor as well as very best friend. Her works have been the greatest inspiration to Wayne to becoming a good bear artist. We have discussed for a long long time that we will visit USA one day to learn from Joanne.

Taken at the Philadelphia Airport. L- R: Philip, Wayne, David and Joanne

The day finally came that we did go. Joanne and her husband, David came to the airport and brought us to stay with them for 4 nights so that we can learn to make a realistic bear from her.

Joanne is a very experienced teacher. She has carefully planned all the instructions for us before we arrived. Prior to our arrival, we have sewn all the parts of the bear and applique all the paws and foot pads.



Joanne taught us how to build a lockline armature, how to needle felt the bear's face as well as rooting fur onto the face.

One of the challenges Wayne faced was rooting fur onto the bear's face. Extremely time consuming, each piece of fur need to be unraveled from the mohair fabic, sorted before rooting the good ones onto the bear's face. When rooting the fur, you need to observe the flow direction of the fur as well to determine the spaces between each fur. The angle which you insert the felting needle is also crucial. The whole process takes time and patience to complete. We really salute Joanne for all her determination and passion.

Due to the lack of time, Wayne and Philip managed to complete felting the face and worked on rooting only 1 side of the eyes. Joanne also showed us how to needle sculpt the paws and foot pads and later using colours to add shadings.

Work in progress bear.
Besides making a bear, Joanne also showed how to make a doll wig for Wayne's cute little doll, made by Nikki Britt!




Of course, we did have some fun time walking the puppies, Piko and Thor every morning! We are glad that they both liked us!



On the weekend, we visited the art flee market down the street.





After the many days of lessons, we are both confident that everything that we have learnt would be very useful for our future creations.


We want to specially thank our mentor Joanne for her time and patience for coaching us as well as her husband, David, for hosting us.

As a token of appreciation, Wayne gave Joanne one of his handmade squirrel, Chestnut.


We hope you enjoyed reading our learning journey :)

P.S: Like and follow Joanne's pages on Facebook!

Hugs,
Wayne & Philip

Monday, May 22, 2017

Polar Bear Workshop @ Science Centre, 22 & 23 July


Dear all, We will be conducting a Polar Bear Workshop during the Maker Faire at the Science Center on 22 & 23 July.

If you are interested to join us, you can register via the link below or email to: waynestonbears@yahoo.com.sg

https://goo.gl/forms/JEczYLA6lXJFbd5m1

Sunday, May 21, 2017

We are home! Learning Journey in USA

Greetings everyone! We are finally back home! We were away for 2 weeks as we traveled to USA! It was a long journey, taking us 22 hours in total flight time from Singapore!

Thankfully, we had a transfer in London after 13 hours which allowed us to get down from the plane to ease our stiff necks and legs.

In the next few blog posts, we are going to share our learning journey in USA. We still find it hard to believe that we learned from Masters in Bear Making Industries. Wayne and Philip took a private class from Joanne Livingston, and learned from Michelle Lamb during her workshop conducted at the Susan Quinlan Doll and Bear Convention. Not only that, we are so honored to be able to personally visit the R John Wright Studios and Kelly Dean.

This trip to USA is not a holiday for us, our main objective is to learn advance techniques from different teachers as well as to participate in the Susan Quinlan Doll & Bear Convention.

We will be writing much on our adventures and we hope you will enjoy reading our learning journey. 

Hugs,

Wayne & Philip

Friday, May 19, 2017

A special visitor from Japan!


On 15 May, Maki Manabe from Japan came to visit Singapore! She had arranged for Wayne to organise a meetup with the Singapore Teddy Bear Lovers Group members. Maki is also a bear artist, under the brand, "ALOHA BEAR". All of her creations are Hawaiian-style themed, each having their unique personality.


Maki choose the finest Japanese fabric to make her bears and animals. She has good judgement and taste in combining vibrant colours to make her bears stand out, and having that "Kawaii" factor. One look and you will definitely know it's made in Japan!


Our meetup was held in at Paradise Dynasty at Orchard Ion, having Tim Sum for dinner. We were glad that one of our members, Winnie was able to assist in the translations. Otherwise, we would have difficulty communicating with Maki-san!






L-R: Paula, Wayne, Philip,Chio, Maki, Amanda, Esther and Winne

After dinner, we met Esther and Paula for coffee. We took another group photo before we left for the night. Thank you Maki-san for visiting us. We hope to meet you again next time!

P.S: You can join Maki-san's FB page to view more of her wonderful creations!

Hugs,

Wayne

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Announcement: Venue change for Fun Fur Day

We have changed venue for Fun Fur Day! This is a free event!
Register your interest with Wayne at: waynestonbears@yahoo.com.sg

https://www.facebook.com/events/322854958131425/?notif_t=plan_user_joined&notif_id=1494755093381091




Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Thank you for visiting us at the Susan Quinlain Doll & Bear Convention! =)

Thank you to all our friends who came and visited our table last week at the Susan Quinlan Doll & Bear Convention! We are very pleased that 10 of our creations had found new homes! Thank you for your support! We are in the midst of sorting out the pictures and will be writing a review of the convention. 

Please stay tune for our next update!


Cheers,
Wayneston Studios & Team

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Wayneston Bears 8th Anniversary Blog Give-Away! =)



Hi everyone! We are pleased to share our Anniversary Blog Give-away before our trip to USA!

Without further ado, we shall now announce the details of our 8th Anniversary Blog Give-away!

We want to specially thank you for being with us these eight years. Having an annual give-away is a token of appreciation and thank you for your continued support.

This year, the Grand Prizes is going to be two bears namely Zinnias and Marcus.

Below are the 5 steps to increase your chances to win our two grand prizes! (Includes free shipping worldwide)

Below are the 6 extra chances for you to win! Good Luck!

1) Leave a comment here and you will be added into the draw list.
2) Become a follower of this blog (Let us know if you have done so).
3) Become a fan on "Wayneston Bears" Facebook Fan Page (Let me know your user name) and MUST post a comment on the Facebook Give-away Photo.
4) Become a fan on "Wayneston Studios" Facebook Fan Page (Let me know your user name)
5) Join our mailing list.
6) Share my give-away button on your blog or website/facebook (Kindly let us know your blog/website link)


The draw will be on 27 May and winners announce on 28 May 2017.
The Grand Winner will receive Wayneston Bear (Zinnias) and the 2nd Winner will receive Marcus. All shipping fee will be fully paid by us ^.^

Emails will be sent to the winners on that day, if there is no reply from the winner/s within 2 days, the next winner will be drawn. Good Luck! =)



Hugs, Wayne

Names that have been added into the draw list ^.^ , I will update periodically:


  1. Danyel Hocking
  2. Dale Edney
  3. Paula Loh
  4. Lily Poh
  5. Andrea Shinn
  6. Amanda Lee
  7. Esther Lee
  8. Kitty Ann
  9.  Irina Saarenmaki
  10. Marcia Zanin
  11. Ying Yip Cheng
  12. Lily Poh
  13. Barbara Hodgetts
  14. Linda Hearn
  15. Sandra piper 

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Make-a-Bear Workshop in June




Make-a-Bear Workshop is back in June!

You can now select either White or Gold Mohair for your workshop bear.

In 2 sessions, you will learn how to complete a 7 inch tall Teddy Bear from scratch.

Register your interest now with Wayne at waynestonbears@yahoo.com.sg

Saturday, April 22, 2017

We are all packed and ready to go!


Wayneston bears will be participating in the

Susan Quinlan Doll & Bear Convention on May 4 - 6, 2017
Venue: Clarion Hotel & Convention Center
USA, Philadelphia

We will be displaying our Bears and other Critters at the show.
Pop by to say hi to us!

For more info about the show visit:
http://www.quinlanmuseum.com/convention.html


See you at Philadelphia!

Hugs,
Wayne

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

4 new bears ready for Philly Show!

Hooray! We are so glad to have another 4 additional bears ready to join us for our trip to USA! Counting down 10 more days!!! Whoooo Hooo!

We are so looking forward to meeting our Facebook friends, namely Joanne Livingston, Kelly Dean, Lisa Heiland, Ginger Brame, Tyler Crain-Davis, Michelle Lamb and many more!

We are also excited that we will be making our trip to R John Wright Studios as well to visit their factory! And of course, attending bear-making classes taught by two famous teachers.(Will announce the names later!)

Hope you like our new bears below!

Have a great week ahead!

Cheers,
Wayne

Trevor and Teddey

Lovee

Star Gazer

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Join us @ Fun Fur Day on Saturday, 10 June!

The long awaited Fun Fur Day is back with more activities! This time, we have invited 3 speakers to share their creative experiences with us! Join us for an evening of fun and creativity! Bring along your teddies and dolls too! See you there!



RVSP and Payment by Friday,26 May 2017
Register your interest with Wayne at: waynestonbears@yahoo.com.sg

*Payment needs to be made via bank transfer and a confirmation email will be sent to you.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Make-a-Bear Workshop 2 & 9 April 2017

We are so proud to see three little bears born on 9 April, each individually handcrafted by three apprentices namely, Michelle, Amanda and Anna.

L-R: Bears made by Wayne, Amanda, Michelle and Anna
It was the first time all three of them learned to make a bear.

The 3 students were very patient and listen attentively to Wayne's instruction. Wayne demonstrated how to perform a nose embroidery on the bear and soon they started sewing themselves. Anna was adventurous and decided to stitch a heart-shape nose for her bear! It wasn't an easy attempt; she started some stitches and Wayne assisted to complete the nose later on.

Happy Bear Making Day with the ladies




The most challenging process which the students faced were sewing the ears onto their bear's head. The ears need to be visually balanced and symmetrical. Wayne pinned the ears on the bear's head and demonstrated how to sew the ear with ladder stitching technique.


Amanda is closing the bear after stuffing
Anna is stitching the arms of her bear (Bruce)
Michelle is patiently sewing, keeping her stitches neat and tight
After their bears were completed, the students used markers to gave their bears some light shadings to enhance the overall appearance and accessorise them with ribbons.


L-R: Michelle, Anna, Wayne and Amanda

We even took an outdoor group photo together with our prized ones!

Thank you Michelle, Amanda and Anna for joining our bear workshop. We hope you enjoyed the workshop and look forward to seeing you make more bears next time!

Hugs,

Wayne

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Busy is good! Preparing for our next event!

We really enjoy our time working with bears. These are the last 2 chaps which we are making for the Susan Quinlan Doll & Teddy Convention happening next month in Philadelphia.

For those (bear artists) who has not attended the Susan Quinlan Doll & Teddy Convention before, you must have at least 80% of your display mainly just bears, then you are allowed to have 20% for your other animals on display for sale. To be flank, it's a little bit tough for us as we make lots of other animals.

But anyway, we decided to take the challenge!
Sharing today is two of our latest WIP bears.

We hope to complete them end of this week and take some photographs of them and prepare the certificates next week.

Hope you will enjoy our WIP pictures.

Have a great day.

Cheers,
Wayne




Saturday, March 25, 2017

New Corporate Bear Workshop available!


We are please to announce that we have brand new bear design now available for corporate workshop.

Visit our blog tab to view more pictures of our previous workshops.
Kindly email your interest with Wayne at: waynestonbears@yahoo.com.sg

Cheers,
Wayne

Saturday, March 18, 2017

3 more seats available for Make-a-Bear Workshop!



We have 3 more seats available for the Make-a-Bear Workshop!
Register your interest now with Wayne at: waynestonbears@yahoo.com.sg

Cheers, Wayne