This was our first time hosting a Teddy Bear Show. It took us a lot of courage and determination to organise such an event, with zero experience.
The main objective of the event was to promote appreciation for toy making and to build a connection between the human touch and the art of Teddy Bear making. The show’s main focus was Teddy Bears, which are deemed to be soft sculptures that most people can associate easily, as they hark back to fond childhood memories.
Many years ago, we used to have a Singapore Teddy Bear Show annually, however, the organiser decided to discontinue due to personal reasons. We decided to revive this event again, because it had given fond memories to many collectors and Singapore needs an event like this, to encourage more people to learn and appreciate the art of Teddy Bear and toy making.
At first, we had a difficult time finding artists to participate and at the same time, we have to search for an appropriate venue accessible for the public to come to the event. Besides these, there were also many hidden costs involved such as venue, tables and chairs rental, publicity expense, website maintenance, printing expense and part-time helpers to facilitate the event.
With all these, this event was a gamble which involved a high risk of losing money because we had no expertise, no sponsors or help to do our first show. To make things worst, Wayne was unemployed during that time when he started his shop - Wayneston Studios.
Our decision was to continue because it could be one last chance for us to try organising this event as this could be the only juncture we have spare time to plan and execute the show.
In the middle half of the year, things took a turn for the better, when several overseas artist friends came forward to help and support the event. This gave us motivation and encouraged us to make things work together.
We spent a lot of time building our own website, creating a Facebook page and sending many Press Releases to the media. As the show got closer, we had our tables fully booked and garnered a total of 24 International Artists from 12 different countries namely Australia, Estonia, Germany, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, Russia, Taiwan, UK, Ukraine, USA, and Singapore!
|Tatiana Scalozub (Ukraine)|
|June Su Nandar Naing ( Myanmar)|
|Maki Manabe and Kazumi Kumamoto (Japan)|
|Colleen Spies (USA)|
|Betsy Toh and Claresta Lim (Singapore)|
|Karen Wei and Lin Yuan-Zeng (Taiwan)|
|Esther Lee (Singapore)|
|Anna Potapova (Russia)|
|Margaret Burke (Australia)|
|Katrina Bittar (USA)|
|Kristina Lemeshko (Ukraine)|
|Maria Filatova-Chan (Estonia)|
|Marina Osetrova on the right (Russia)|
|Wayne Lim (Singapore)|
|Inuka Workshop by Margaret Burke|
|Let's make Dolly Shoes Workshop by Carmel Ooi|
|Inuka Bear Workshop by Margaret Burke|
|Hagire-Chan Workshop by Maki Manabe|
|Needle Felting Cat Brooch with Colleen Spies|
|New Artists, Geam Y S (Singapore) and Vanessa Chin (Malaysia)|
|New Artist, Kelly Tan (Singapore)|
|New Artist, Joanne Lee|
|New Artist, Rachel Ting (Singapore)|
|Dinner with the participating artists|
We would like to take this opportunity to thank our family members and volunteers for offering their help. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank each and everyone who came to visit our show and we hope you will continue to support our event this year. More information and details for this year's event is below.
Singapore Teddy & Friends Show 2019
Dates: 16 & 17 November 2019
Venue: Our Tampines Hub, Function Room #2-05
P.S Calling for all Artists, if you are interested to join us in this year's event. Kindly email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will stay in touch with you.
Wayneston Studios & Team