About the Artist
Ingrid Pienaar, known as Ingrid Els in the bear business is a miniature bear artist from Hermanus, Western Cape, South Africa.
Her love for miniature toys and German Folk Art began when she was raised in Windhoek, former South West Africa (Namibia). Since 1997 she's been living in a coastal town, Hermanus, popular for it's whale watching.
She made children's clothes, sketched and painted Bauernmalerei as a hobby until the teddy bug bit her in June 1999 when she made a few teddies for the local craft market. her first 100 bears were made from synthetic fabric and at that stage, larger bears.
Her favorite fabric is vintage Upholstery Velvet and she also work with different mini fabric. After 8 months she resigned from my job at an attorney's office to take up bear-making full time since February 2000.
Initially she 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 she could see that her miniatures were getting the most attention and decided to shift her focus to the little ones.
Ingrid sells her bears international since April 2001 via her website. It was a great experience to meet other Artists and Bear makers when she visited bear show in Wiesbaden, Germany and Hugglets, London during 2005.
Each bear comes with a birth certificate with his/her name, date of birth and signed.
Thank you for visiting her website!