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Lydia Massarelli, Teddy Bear Artist, has been designing and making jointed Teddy Bears since 1999.
Most of her bears are one-of-a-kind and feature prominent noses, large feet, and pudgy bottoms. Lydia's care in crafting her bears is evident in the fact that each bear is designed using quality materials.
Lydia's experience with bear making began
in 1991 when she
produced and sold craft bears using commercial patterns. After
receiving requests for customized bears she began to design her own
patterns. One summer she enrolled in a workshop
on jointed Teddy Bears, purchased her first piece of mohair and never
Along with her traditional bears, in November 2003, she introduced a new line of bears - Dozza Bears. They stray from the traditional, are eccentric in personality and whimsical in nature. The Dozza name was inspired from a couple of her nephews. And in November 2004 a fat free, carb free, sugar free line of bears named Truffles were introduced at the Teddy Bears On Vacation Christmas sale and show. The Truffles are only available at Christmas and Valentines. Melli-Relli's were designed and made available in the fall of 2008. Unlike any of her other bears, Melli-Relli bears are a happy lot that have a playful side to them, inspired by her husband and his disposition of life.
Its always a personal high for her to meet
collectors at shows and to see the excitement on their faces as they
add new bears to their collection. At each of her shows, she
donates the proceeds from one of her bears to a humanitarian aid
organization overseas. Bearers of Love International
the Ukraine with nationals to
bring aid and support to orphanages, and to provide operations
for physically challenged orphans.
In 2004 the Montreal Children's Hospital in
its centennial anniversary. Teddy Bears line the walls of the hospital
from outside of
the building to the inside of intensive care, some clinics, operating
rooms and other departments. During the fall of 2003, Lydia donated a
bear named "Nurse Johnson," to the Associate Director of Nursing to
commemorate the hospital's centennial.
A native of Montreal, Canada, Lydia is presently residing in Perth, Ontario with her husband Lewis and a house full of bears.