Brenda Pollock Smith
La De Da' Artisan Bears © Owner . Artist
I began designing art bears in 1994 when my sweet daughter was three years old for her own collection. As the years passed, I followed other artistic endeavors including; life-sculpting, competitive floral design, digital art and photography. In November 2007, my passion for soft sculpture reemerged and voilà...the La De Da' Artisan Bear © brand was born.
I work from my art studio located in Southern California, creating the bears with the finest materials; mohair, viscose, faux fur, handmade German glass eyes, clay, textile pigments, dye, various quality fabrics and materials. My designs are known for their endearing, soulful signature presence via their sculpted eye lids with wet, teary eyes and sculpted noses. Most of my bears start with pure white materials. I custom blend my colors with high quality textile color, natural food grade products like tea and shaded/painted/stained with textile friendly pigments. No two creations are alike.
My hands, heart and soul are in all aspects of the creation process from original pattern development, sewing by hand, painting, shading to sculpting. My methods are 'old school' whilst continually seeking out new methods to improve my craft.
La De Da' Artisan Bears © have old world charm with neoteric elements and attitude. All of the bears possess a very "La De Da'" attitude with a soupçon of whimsy and fantasy. It is my goal to provide a delightful heirloom to pass down through the generations.
Everyday, I attempt to live that certain 'joie de vivre', a love of life spirit that is infused into my art.
The bears have found homes all over the world. I adore my collectors, each one of has been a blessing to me, allowing me to do what I love most...creating art.
My hope is that the La De Da' Artisan Bears © serve as a tangible reminder of all the sweet things in life, as well as childhood, sweet memories, innocence and celebrating love. Most of all, I hope they make you smile.
Contact me for inquiries or to sign up on the email list for new releases of my work: Contact. I keep very busy here as well with my other artistic and business pursuits: La Belle Âme
Thank you for taking the time to stop by. May God bless you greatly!