artist

 

Chichibears

Christel Van Hove

 

Hello,

 

My name is Christel Van Hove. I live with my husband Johan, my daughter Maya, a dog named Edd and a lot of chickens in Werchter, a small town in Belgium. I'm working as a fulltime teacher with children between 2,5 - 12 years old.

 

Craft has always played an important part in my life. When i was a little child my grandmother was always busy and i was very interested. Soon I discovered sewing, knitting,...

 

I started with collecting dolls from Philip Heath and Anette Himstedt, almost 20 years ago. On the shows i saw also those lovely bears... and i was started to collect them to. In 2005, I started designing my own bears. My bears are made from mohair and/or alpaca and most of them feature sculptured and shaded faces and paw pads. I love to make some distressed and vintage looked bears, but also elephants, rabbits,...i love to make.

 

My favourite part of making a bear is creating its personality by sculpting and shading its face and embroider its nose. Most of the time i design “one of a kind” bears. I also accept commissions and if you would like a bear designed and handcrafted especially for you, I would love to talk to you.

 

I hope to hear from you soon.

 

Beary hugs,

 

Christel