Friday, November 7, 2014

Launch day!

The idea of creating a magazine has been with me for sometime now, as have the little voices in my head saying "Are you crazy? You can't do that!" It's funny how first I listen, first holding me back, then after awhile they start to become a challenge for me, having to prove them wrong. I have been dreaming of this magazine and what it might look like for so long. As as we all know sometimes the ideas in our heads are better than they are once a reality, yet another challenge for me.
So here I am, creating Bear Beautiful.

I knew this would not be an easy project, but I just kept imagining how beautiful it could be, unable to let it go. Til eventually I listed all the reasons I couldn't create a magazine. Wrote them all down then one by one ticked them off, starting with a graphics design course to learn the art of publication printing. Now with the support of many wonderful artists we have created issue 1!

My vision for a high quality, luxurious magazine created from the best quality paper, beautiful photography of the most amazing bear artistry and wonderful creative layouts is real! This magazine will bring a new level of sophistication to our industry. I hope every artist aspires to be on the pages of Bear Beautiful. Many artists I have spoken to, say they would love to see their work showcased in such a way.  Bear Beautiful will showcase bear artists, where artist create, storage and organizational ideas, and of course projects. While I will include bear patterns, I will also include easy sewing projects that bear artists might find 10 minutes on the weekend where they need a break from bear making, and can create a treat for themselves or as a gift for their crafty friends.

While this started off as a one time publication, I have found myself creating such a beautiful world within these pages that I want more. Collecting every beautiful issue. If you love Bear Beautiful and want more please email me, your comments, ideas, I would love to hear from you. Please send me an email at
Please share this new magazine, pin it, like it, or post it on your blog. There is also a grab badge on the right for you to add to your site too. Share the love.

For now, grab a cuppa and enjoy the pages of Bear Beautiful,  Issue 1!

Issue One Bear Beautiful

By Helen Gleeson in Bear Beautiful

92 pages, published 11/6/2014

Bear Beautiful is for sophisticated, bear makers, artists and collectors who are passionate about quality. Showcasing only the very best our industry has to offer.

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