Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Next Event! Singapore Gifts Show 2013

This coming 10-12 July, Wayneston Bears will be collaborating with Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) to showcase a wide range of designer products and concepts in the Singapore Gifts Show which will be held at Suntec City.

As part of the School of Design (SDN) Alumni, Wayne has been specially invited as one of the participants to showcase his works along with his fellow classmate and current NYP Industrial Design Students in this year's event.

This platform aims to encourage and promote entrepreneurial spirit and its development.

Here at Wayneston Bears, we sincerely hope you will be there to give us support!

See you there!

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Brisbane Winter Wonderland (15 - 16 June 2013)

As we boarded the plane and took a 7 hours flight from Singapore to Brisbane, I was very excited as this is the first time that I would be visiting Brisbane. What awaits us in Brisbane? I’m sure it would be a wonderful experience as I’ve heard that the Winter Wonderland Show is one of the largest and biggest shows in Australia, with over a hundred tables showcasing Dolls and Teddy Bears from various artists. We learned about this show from a fellow bear artist (Lisa Dopking) whom we met last year in Melbourne. This is the first time we were taking part and we could not wait to see what would be on display. 

The weather in Brisbane was very nice and cooling. How I wish Singapore’s weather could be like this every day! At around 20 degrees, all you need to wear is an additional jacket while outdoors to keep yourself warm and comfortable.

Venue location - RNA Showgrounds

This year, the event was held at RNA Showgrounds which is a newly constructed building that was recently opened. When we entered the venue for the first time, we were very impressed with the layout as all the tables were neatly organised. It did not take us long to find our way to our designated table, which we have requested to be placed right beside our dear friend Margaret Burke whom we met last year in Melbourne. 

Margaret Burke with my family

There were plenty of traders selling doll outfits, vintage toys, mohair supplies, porcelain dolls, parts, reborn dolls and teddy bears. The scale of the event literally blew us away as we had never been to such a big scaled event like this before.

Even before the doors were opened, collectors, hobbyist and people from all walks of life started forming a queue outside. At 9.30am sharp, the doors opened and the people paid their entrance fee before entering the showroom. All of them seemed excited that the event had finally begun and could not wait to see what was being showcased.

L-R ( Me, Lisa Dopking & Margaret Burke

At the show, we met some popular Australian bear artists, mostly whom are already on our Facebook friend list. Namely, Margaret Burke (Nikkel Bears), Lisa Dopking (Megelles), Laraine White (Rainebears), Tracy Sully & Noeline Williamson (Little Bear Company), Ann-Marie (Goldelocs Bears), Christine Jacobs (Winkle Bears), Robyn Gan (A Gunnie Collectible) , Stephanie Raye (Burringbears) and Colleen Low (Victorian Bearlooms).

Margaret and family

L-R (Me, Margaret, Tracy and Noeline)

Ann-Marie (Goldelocs Bears) & Me

Burringbears by Stephanie Raye

Victorian Bearlooms by Colleen Low

Robyn Gan & Spouse with my mum & me

L-R (Laraine, Christine, Margaret & Me)

I met many doll artists as well; the Reborn Dolls were so realistic and gave me goose bumps… Excellent craftsmanship; they smelt so good just like new born babies and weigh similar to the real ones. I felt just like a father when I cradled them.

Dolls outfits by Fran Smiles (Doll Dressmaker)

Realistic baby reborns made by Glen and Ray King (Sunny Hill Sweeties) 

There was also a competition for doll and bear artists. I submitted 2 entries for the competition, a Pink Dragon named Edra and a Panda named Day Dreamer. Both of them received top scores in the critiques, however they didn’t emerge as champions. To my surprise, both my new dragons, Edra and Goldwin (which I had specially made for the Winter Wonderland Show) were adopted within the first 2 hours of the show. To top it all off, my Panda Day Dreamer also won the “People’s Choice” Award. I was presented with a porcelain glass trophy and had the honour of taking a picture with the maker of the trophy.

After the show on the first day, we had dinner in a Mexican Restaurant with some of the bear artists. All of us really enjoyed ourselves and kept talking throughout the night. It was good fun. I was glad that my parents and sister enjoyed the dinner too.

Overall, the event was a success. Five of my animals have found homes and most of the artists have more than four sales on the first day. I had the chance to meet up with all my fellow bear artists, and made new friends as well.

We want to thank the organiser, Liz Radford and her team, for giving us a wonderful and heart-warming experience in Brisbane Winter Wonderland show. We really hope to see you all again soon. We also like to thank all who came down and support the show to make this event a successful one.
Thank you for reading the review of the Brisbane Wonderland Show. We hope that you have enjoyed the review as much as we enjoyed ourselves in Brisbane!

Hugs, Wayne

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Wayneston Bears are featured on Teddy Bear & Friends August 2013

We are thrilled to see two of our latest creations featured on the latest issue of the Teddy Bear & Friends Magazine, August 2013.

Turn to page 10 and 46 and there you'll see Scruffy and Jovial!
They are now both staying in Singapore and United States.

You may read more of the article at the link below:

Above: Scruffy the little mouse by Wayneston Bears

Above: Jovial the Panda by Wayneston Bears

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

New Little Mouse Whiskers!

It is with great pleasure for me, to share with everyone today my latest creation – A little mouse named Whiskers.

Whiskers is just 6”tall, born from rusty copper coloured mohair. He is extremely inquisitive. His bright glass eyes sparkles with curiosity each time he sees something that interest him. With his ultra-suede ears, he listens intently for any noise as he likes to hear everything that is happening around him. In fact, it appears that everything and anything seems to spur excitement to this little one.

He travelled together with me last weekend to Brisbane for the Winter Wonderland Show. Although he was sad to bid farewell to his fellow Wayneston friends who were adopted, he believes that he will see them again someday.

Whiskers has a long wired armature tail which allows for him to strike a variety of different poses. Horsetail whiskers are sewn onto his delicate cheeks.

We hope you will like little Whiskers. Have a great and wonderful day!

Hugs, Wayne

Whiskers has now been adopted, thanks! =)

Back from Brisbane! My 2 new dragons found their mums at the Winter Wonderland Show!

Dear all! I am back from Brisbane this afternoon. It was a long 7 hours flight from Brisbane.

We have lots of pictures to share on our blog, but we will need more time to sort out the pictures and write a short review about the show. We thank you for your patience and please do come back to read more about the show later this week.

I am sharing with you today 2 of my latest dragons. They were both well received by the collectors in Brisbane. Both of them were quickly adopted in the first 2 hours of the show and I am very pleased to have taken a picture taken with their new mums.

Goldwin 8"

Goldwin 8"
 Goldwin has now been adopted ~ thanks! =)
Edra 8"

Edra 8"

Edra has now been adopted ~ thanks! =)

I will be listing a cute little mouse named, whiskers tomorrow. Please drop by to view more pictures of him tomorrow. He will be available on my website.

We wish you a wonderful week!

Hugs, Wayne

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

We are flying to Brisbane tonight! See you at Winter Wonderland!

Hi All! We will be flying to Brisbane tonight and will be participating in the Winter Wonderland Bears & Doll Show in Brisbane this coming weekend.

Time & Venue: 
9.30am @ Convention Centre, RNA Showground
Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills,

Visit us at Table 71, see you there! =)

Thursday, June 6, 2013

WIP Dragons

It's just less than 10 days to my next upcoming event "Winter Wonderland" Teddy Bear and Doll Show in Brisbane!

Time is running out, I have been spending lots of time sewing 2 new dragons for this special event.

They are both now ready, waiting patiently for their claws to be attached onto their hands and feet. Trying to sew another mouse this week, hoping that he will be ready too to show himself at the exhibition!

If you are living in Brisbane, why not drop by the largest teddy bear and doll exhibition in town?
For more information, visit the show website here.

Hugs, Wayne

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Winners for the Wayneston Bears 4th Anniversary Give-away

I apologise for the delay in announcing the results of the give-away. Today we are going to conduct the draw and reveal the 3 lucky winners!

The guest-of-honor this time is my best friend, Philip. As the give-away presenter, I have to ask someone neutral to conduct the draw to be fair and equal. However, I am pleased to be the photographer taking the pictures using my new Canon EOS 6D camera :)))

This year, we have a grand total of 58 participants which amounts to a total of more than 200 tickets in my draw box. To make this draw more interesting, we have invited some of Wayne's bears to be witnesses of the draw.

Here's the Winners for Wayneston Bears 4th Anniversary Give-away 2013:

Philip, the Guest-of-Honor of this draw

 The 3rd Place Winner is..... 

Congratulations 3rd Place Winner - Mary Hughes!
You won a PDF Wayneston Bears Peaches Pattern!

 The 2nd Place Winner is..... 

Congratulations 2nd Place Winner - Aniani Hudson (KittyAnnArt)!
You won a PDF Wayneston Bears Peaches Pattern!

 The Grand Winner is..... 

Congratulations Grand Winner - Bernadette Heffernan!
You won Jessical!

Congratulations to all winners
We want to thank you all for your active participation, as well as all the support and encouragement you have given us along our journey to become a bear artist. All comments and feedback are very important to us and we wish to hear more from everyone of you.

Congratulations once again to all the winners!

Here's wishing everyone a wonderful weekend! =)

Hugs, Wayneston Bears and Wayne