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Margaret Burke - Nikkel Bears

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About Me

I live in the beautiful Shoalhaven area of New South Wales in a beachside village, with my husband of 32 years, an energetic Australian Kelpie called Zac (short for Anzac) and 2 neurotic cats (Lily and Mia)!   We are parents to two beautiful grown daughters, and are proud grandparents to three adorable granddaughters! 

I've been designing and making teddy bears since early 2007.   Living in a rural community 2 hours away from Sydney and working full time, makes it difficult to attend workshops, so I confess to being self-taught  - devouring information from the internet, books and teddy magazines, plus learning from critique comments from competition judges.

 Having tried various other crafts such as scrapbooking, creating and decorating eggs and making beaded bracelets, I discovered the art of teddy bear making while visiting a craft fair in Sydney with a friend, an am now hooked!

 I enjoy dabbling with different design techniques (which I am still learning), and can't wait to see a little finished face staring back at me.  I admit to having a penchant for collecting mohair at bear shows (lucky I have my day job!!!) and somehow my bear making supplies (and bears) have taken over our 4th bedroom, where there is now little room left for visitors!!!!

 I am overjoyed to have had major success in international and Australian bear show competitions from very early in my bear-making career:

  • 2013 - TOBY Industry Choice Award 
  • 2012 - TOBY Industry Choice Award
  • 2012 - URSA Category Winner
  • 2012 - TBAAF 3rd Place Category-Costumed Bears
  • 2011 - URSA Category Winner
  • 2010 - URSA Category Winner
  • 2009 - Sydney Teddy Bear Fair - Finalist
  • 2008 - South Australian Bear Show - Winner Best Bear (Open)
  • 2008 - Sydney Teddy Bear Fair - Finalist
  • 2007 - Sydney Teddy Bear Fair - Winner Best Bear (Novice)

My inspirations come from anything magical, such as the beautiful Cirque du Soleil with its colour and mystery.  I'm a sucker for 'cute' and admire the work of contemporary artists such as Michelle Lamb (One & Only Bears) as well as realistic work by Linda Benson (Benson Bears) and Joanne Livingstone (Desertmountain Bears).



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Reply Maggie2bears
8:46 PM on July 20, 2010 
Congratulations Margaret for winning 2nd place for " Aurora " in the Fantasy Bear/Critter catagory. What a delightful entry !! I am so pleased to see you won. Hope you are having a wonderful day !! Best Wishes & Bear Hugs....Maggie
Reply teddy-bear-artist
6:25 PM on June 4, 2010 
Welcome Margaret...
Reply Bumble Bears
5:12 AM on May 31, 2010 
Hello Margaret,
Nice to meet you. The teddy bear bug is very addictive isnt it! I have been making bears for over ten years and I'm still going.
Katrina- Bumble Bears
Reply Maggie2bears
3:39 AM on March 12, 2010 
Greetings & Welcome. What an adorable bear in your profile picture. Looks very huggable !! Can't wait to see more of your creations. Have a lovely Day. Bear Hugs.....Maggie