My studio is in Paisley, Scotland where I have enough space to create lots of clutter and of course bears and animals! Everything is designed and created here in the studio with no outworkers, but my wonderful part - time elf Margaret comes in to the studio to help out. I do sometimes bring projects home to continue working, heavily supervised by my mischievous cat!
My home in Kilbarchan where I live with my husband and cat, is surrounded by countryside and is only ten minutes away from my studio. I have a small art room at home where I can enjoy watercolour painting or one of the many other interests I have! I love vintage sewing machines, toys and children's books - a small collection of antique dolls is slowly increasing.
Many people ask me how long I have been doing this and it is always hard to answer. The fact is that I have been designing and creating animal characters for half a century and that is scary! I was guided and taught by my lovely Mum who was a clever seamstress, although I am not sure she was too impressed by me using a candlewick bedspread to make my first bear at the age of eight...
I started making animals for sale from home in 1978, naming my small business Dormouse Designs. It quickly outgrew the space available in our tiny spare room so I rented my first premises in 1982. For the next few years I was designing and making larger quantities of woodland animals for sale, mostly to trade customers at trade fairs. These were simpler designs made in synthetic fabrics with the help of a small staff.
But the artist in me was not comfortable with the repetitive nature of the trade orders at that time, so as the same time I myself started making the collectable bears in mohair. I attended the first ever Hugglets fair in London (and every one since!) and never looked back. I therefore stopped doing the trade shows and moved into my current smaller premises around 10 years ago and changed the name of my business to Bears by Sue Quinn.
GalleryMy shop contains a small selection of my more popular designs. If you wish to order something different or have special requests regarding colours or clothing, please send me an email stating preferences. Please allow up to three weeks for delivery as these are all hand made individually!
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