Yes I know it’s hard to see, but Edwardian Swimmer Bear is just coming out of that bathing machine, towel tucked under his paw and a stripy rubber ring round his tummy!
I’m not going to describe him further, you can see this fine fellow for yourself! He is 14 inches tall (although the high view point in the photo makes him look small, which he isn’t) and a limited edition of five – number one in the edition has already found a good home – and I’m sure he will be on his way to a new owner in due course.
Artist Bears are decorative dolls and Swimmer Bear looks superb on a living room or nursery shelf particularly if you love, or live by, the seaside.
Inspiration for this fellow came from the Photo-history Sussex site which has a section on the history of sea bathing in Brighton and the Brighton Swimming Club. One of the most delightful photographs, taken in 1863, shows the nineteen members of the Brighton Swimming Club, in their fine Victorian moustache and beards, pipes, natty bathing draws and top hats! The incongruity of this has to be seen to be believed (check it out by clicking here). The club was established after a meeting at The Jolly Fisherman in 1860 and the history tells of wonderful and daring chaps called Tommy and Harry splashing around in the briny and being terribly athletic.
Anyway enough of sea bathing…..
If you hear pained howls today it’s because Benjamin is dealing with some of the business side of TheBigForest. He has also been designing and making some of the ‘busy’ small animals that were so popular a few seasons ago and they are back by popular demand! I’ll show you these chaps soon.
Me? I’m washing the camper van………writing blog posts sitting in the garden and designing the winter range of our knitted mohair scarfs.
Not a bad life huh?