September 2 - October 4, 2014
I have been making things all my life ~
Aspirations to be a potter saw me digging clay out of the creek bed to make figurines when
I was a child.
Unfortunately I was derailed in my artistic path by parental beliefs that art doesn't pay the
bills so after an unsatisfying year at university I enrolled in fashion design at Sheridan
College in the late 1970's.
I then hit the craft circuit for many years with my assorted creations in fabric and leather.
Along the way I've also taught myself stained glass which I pursued for 20 years making
original nature inspired windows, lamps and 3D boxes.
~ My studio is named Ficklefrog to reflect my varied artistic interests ~
My first bear creation was a Christmas present for my sister that turned out so well I started
making them for other people.
I derive a lot of satisfaction from making teddy bears from fur coats that would otherwise
be left untouched and unloved in closets and cold storage. Each bear seems imbued with its
own unique spirit giving the fur a second life and becoming a treasured keepsake.