Hi There. My names Richard Thompson and welcome to my site.
Thanks for taking the time to visit, The Bears and I couldn't be happier.
I have been creating aRTy Bears since 2009.
I've had a huge love of bears since I was a child. My sister and I used to have a wardrobe full of bears and plushes of which there were hundreds. We would play with them, cuddle them and love them. They would talk to us and we would talk to them, they would share our lives with us and saw everything we did.
And in honesty, this is what I hope to bring with my bears.
I hope to bring a lifelong friend who will be with you through it all and who gives the best hugs in the world.
I came to bear making on a chance, having purchased a kit to give things a go. Needless to say one kit became another and I soon became completely addicted to bear making ( everyone who starts goes on to make another). I took my time to build up my skills and tool sets and gradually went on from other peoples patterns to designing my own.
I'm highly inspired by AllBear and BarlingBears and as such many of my bears are big, huggable lovelies. However, I love variety and hope that you shall enjoy taking this artistic journey with me.
I was lucky enough in 2010 to win a British Bear Artist Award with William, one of my first aRTy Bear Designs and this was really the spur to push me on.
(William was awfully proud too and posed for extra photographs).
So that's me and the bears... in a nut shell.
If you want to talk further I'm always around TeddyBearFair or Teddy Talk and my contact details are on here.
Please wander around as much as you like and enjoy the stay.
All my beary Best Wishes