Soft sculpture artist Wayne Lim of Wayneston Bears, has always been partial to toys. "I am a toy fanatic! I like to collect various types of toys ranging from modern to vintage."
It was this love of toys that lead him to not only collect artist bears but collectibles like Steiff bears too.
At a very early age, Wayne felt inspired to become a toy designer. "I always enjoy playing with toys; even now!"
Then one day, he started asking himself, "Wouldn't it be wonderful if I could design my own toys and let the children around the world play with the toys that I design?"
Drawing on his experience as a professional graphic designer, Wayne began using his free time to design and create toys such as teddy bears, animals and dolls.
It wasn't long before he was not only making bears but instructing others. "I enjoy sharing my knowledge and teach interested art enthusiasts to create basic teddy bears. Who knows, perhaps one day, they may become a teddy bear artist as well!"
Wayne has been creating bears for more than six years and resides in Singapore where he shares his space with his parents, a younger brother and sister. He draws on the beauty and diversity of Singapore, which is known for its lovely landscapes, for inspiration.
"When I start making teddy bears, I always thought that all teddy bears look alike; having similar features and designs. As I became more interested in the craft, I started to read more and realized it's not just a bear."
There are many categories of bears which different artists make; varying from vintage style to modern, realistic to whimsical and contemporary.
It was through trial and error that he discovered what type of bear he preferred and that was more of a realistic and contemporary style.
Inspired by fellow teddy bear artists, he works to bring the bears to life and look realistic. Best known for the needle felted eyelids, open mouth with teeth and needle sculpted paw pads with toes and claws. Wayne's work demonstrates his attention to details. He passes that talent along to not only collectors, but to others who share his passion for teddy bears.