Joined Jun 14 2010
Hi, my name is Lynda Hampton and I live in a beautiful part of the world, Kangaroo Island, off the southern Coast of Australia wher the countryside belongs to the wildlife, especially the kangaroos and wallabies. We live just outside the main town of Kingscote in a rural area. A great place to be creative and there are many talented artists on the island. I have been a teddy bear artist for many years and although I have made quite a few dolls over the years it wasn't until 2012 that I became very serious about the art of dollmaking. I was so inspired by The antique dolls of Izannah Walker that I began making dolls in the same style and now the Izannah Walker reproductions. I am fortunate to have acquired the molds, of three different antique Izannah Walker dolls. For the past couple of years I have been making and successfully selling my Izannah Walker inspired dolls. They have found homes with collectors around the world. I am delighted that I now have the opportunity to create and pass on to the collector exact copies, capturing every detail of the old but still charming dolls. These reproductions show every detail of the original antiques, including the scuffs, the general wear and tear of the originals and even the finest detail such as the texture of the stockinette fabric. Please visit my site often, as I will be showcasing and offering for sale, my latest reproduction Izannah Walker girls.I like to use antique fabrics and lace and my dolls are mainly painted with oils. I just love bringing the pieces of cloth to life. Doll and bear making is my passion.
I have traded at various Doll and Bear fairs over the years,including "The Adelaide Doll and Teddy Bear Show" and the Linda MullinsTeddy Bear and Antique Toy Fair in San Diego, USA. I also list some of my dolls and bears on Etsy.
There was also an article written about me in the "Australian Dolls, Bears and Collectables" a few years back titled 'Picnic at Hampton Bears".
Being a collector of old bears I tend to make mainly traditional style bears, especially German Style. Some of the earlyTeddy Bear makers such as Steiff and Bing have greatly influenced thestyle of bear that I make. They are all made from mohair fabric, have glass eyes or even old shoe button eyes and fully jointed like the old bears. I also use good quality wool felt for the pawpads. My bears range in size from 8" to 18".
I just love the early bears and sometimes I give my bears an antique aged look by staining and shaving off some of the mohair.