My name is Marion Klein. I'm the teddy bear artist of the Acid Attic Bears.
I'm 29 and I live in the wonderful city of Evian-les-Bains, France.
I started creating teddies in 2005 and work professionnally as a teddy bear artist since September of this same year. Bear making is a great passion for me. Dying my mohairs, I love to create One Of A Kind little creatures with alive tiny black eyes.
All my teddies are fully jointed with cotterpin joints and double stitched. The face is carefully sculpted with woodwool pressed into desired shape. The nose is precisely embroidered with black pearl cotton and then recovered with a coat of black wax, which is then softly polished. The shadings are made with lots of very thin layers of acrylic paint which are heat dried for durability.
The stuffing consists in woodwool (in areas of the head only), high quality hypoallergenic polyester fibers and when needed a little amount of mineral pellets or steel shots, in a little bag firmly closed, to add weight and make the balance better. Pads are made of woolfelt.
I only work with high quality mohair and cotton fabrics.
The eyes are German black glass eyes.
Acid Attic Bears are adult collectors teddies and are not to be given to children under 14, parts like glass eyes or metallic joints could be dangerous for small children.
A little more about me : I've grown up in the city of Boulogne-sur-mer, a little town near the Channel Sea. I've been surrounded with art all my youth thanks to my father who is an architect and a contemporary painter, and I've been taught lots of crafts by my talented Mom.
I've studied the cello to a professional level in parallel from school and then after Baccalauréat, decided I wanted to deepen my knowings in Litterature and ancient languages. I've obtained a Master in Lettres Classiques, more precisely in Latin Linguistics but finally preferred bearmaking over a PHD :).
I'm married to a handsome and kind computer scientist (his name is Yann, it's possible you meet him some day if we attend a teddy bear fair again :) ) and we share our apartment with the most lovely half-angora tricolor cat, named Penny... and a baby son, Alexis, who keeps me busy away from bearmaking most of the time.
I love toys a lot, and especially love to photograph them. My fave ones at the moment are small 1/6e scale resin ball jointed dolls. You may see lots of pictures of them if you visit my Flickr and most likely also in miniature teddies sets as I love to take pictures of them along with the tiny bears.