Stallholder of the month announced!

Regularly we will highlight one of our talented stallholders. The current stallholder is...

GaySally Worsley of Worsley Bears



Tell us a bit about Worsley Bears (ie what do you design/make/grow?)

The name says it all - Worsley Bears is all about bears! I have been making bears for nearly 20 years and designing and creating Worsley Bears for the past 10 years. In 2012 I have released patterns and kits of my bears so others can enjoy the process of creating their own Worsley Bear. Whilst I create traditional bears, the Worsley Bears signature look is the beaded nose and paw detail. I use the highest quality materials including Schulte German mohair or alpaca, English glass eyes and Tasmanian wool stuffing. The bears are not designed to be toys, but are for collectors or to become a special family heirloom to pass down the generations.

How did it all begin?

Whilst I have been making bears for a long time, Worsley Bears has only been in existence in recent years. I started getting requests from family and friends to make bears for them and it has just expanded from there. I love making my bears and I guess space to keep adding to my collection was also becoming limited - hence I make more bears now for others than myself! I have started selling patterns and kits along with needle-felted pudding bear decorations for Christmas markets to increase the variety of goods for sale. As I am able, I intend to have more patterns available along with other bear goodies.

What's the story behind the name?

There are many talented bear artists all over the world, so when deciding on a business name I wanted something that was unique and individual to me as an artist so I chose to use my surname in the name.

Where are you based?

I am a Tasmanian. I was born and grew up in this beautiful state. I spent 5 years living in Adelaide where I was inspired to start designing my own bears after winning the Best Commercial Pattern Bear in the South Australian Doll and Bear Show. I have been living back in the south of the state for nearly 10 years now. The cold winter days make it very conducive to lots of bear making!

What do you love about what you do?

My passion for anything "bears" is never ending. I love the process of creating a bear. There are so many different steps and skills required to make a bear. The completed bear is what I love most of all.

What inspires you?

My inspiration comes many sources like the piece of fabric and other artists. There is nothing like a rainy day to inspire me to stay inside and start "bearing".

What do you do when you're not creating for Worsley Bears (eg do you have a day job?)

I work with children which is quite appropriate as children love bears too! Both the children and bears make life very busy.

What do you enjoy about selling your wares at markets?

I think the most rewarding thing is seeing the smiles my bears put on peoples' faces, no matter how young or old they are. With a lot of selling done online now, it is great to meet the customers in person and receive feedback for your work.

Do you have a useful tip for new stallholders?

Markets are lots of fun, so enjoy it all!

How can people contact you?

Phone: 0407 544 092

Read all about it, read all about it!

Sunday Tasmanian

Kingston Beach Handmade Market was featured in the Sunday Tasmanian. KBHM Market Coordinator Donelle Stevenson was interviewed to discuss the vision for the upcoming market. Full article below (click to enlarge) (posted 9 Sept. 2012).

Sunday Tasmanian - Focus on Kingborough and the Huon, 9 September 2012 pp78-79.

Kingston Classifieds

Kingston Beach Handmade Market was featured on the front page of the Kingston Classifieds. Great plug for the upcoming market! Full article below (click to enlarge) (posted 6 Sept. 2012).

Note: The author of the article was misprinted. The credit belongs to Briony Downes, Arts Writer.

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