Some people seem born to create. Such is the case with Wendy Walker
of M.E. Bears.
"I think I was always meant to create bears. When I was very young,
I always had scissors in my hands; cutting anything I could, which sometimes, inappropriately, meant my best friend's hair and the lounge room curtains."
This native of Queensland, Australia, first began her craft in bear making in 1994.
"Originally, I worked with any material I could lay my hands on from fur coats to synthetic fur which I would get from a craft store," Wendy remarked.
"I promptly decided that miniatures were going to be my forte and I started to work on my initial designs."
One day, Wendy came across a craft magazine and realized that she could actually purchase fabrics just for bear making.
"This was a massive turning point for me. The short pile mohair and mini bear fabrics were so easy to sew."
Inspiration and encouragement from
a fellow artist gave Wendy the push she needed to continue. She eventually created a web site, blog and even a Facebook page dedicated to her business.
Although she doesn't do live shows currently, she will occasionally sell a creation on auction sites too.