The Artist

My name is Ingrid Els (Pienaar) and I live in Hermanus, Western Cape, South Africa.

My love for miniature toys and German Folk Art began when I was raised in Windhoek, former South West Africa (Namibia). Since 1997 I've 
been living in a coastal town, popular for it's whale watching.

I've made children's clothes, sketched and painted Bauernmalerei as a hobby until the teddy bug bit 
me in 1999 when I made a few teddies for the local craft market. My first 100 bears were made from synthetic fabric and at that stage, larger bears.
I also work with mohair but mostly Upholstery Velvet and different mini fabric. After 8 months I resigned from my job at an attorney's office to take up bear-making full time. 

Initially I thought of it as a hobby and intended making bears that a grandmother could buy for her grandchild, which would then become heirloom pieces but by the end of 2000 I could see that my miniatures were getting the most attention and decided to shift my focus to the little ones. 

I started selling my bears international since April 2001 via my website and it was very interesting to attend a bear show in Wiessbaden, Germany and also Hugglets, London during 2005.

Each bear comes with a birth certificate with his/her name, date of birth and signed.

Thank you for visiting my website!
Ingrid x