About me

Helen Gleeson, Bear Artist and now Author
I have been making bears since 2003, and enjoyed every minute. Bare Cub Designs,  is a collection of mink cubs with their signature style, extensively scissor sculpted fluffy cheeks.

Bear Cub Designs bears, have been on the cover of Teddy Bear Times (UK) Teddy Bear Review (US) Kuscheltier News (Germany) Bear & Buds (US online) and Australian Bear Creations. My work has been featured in the above and Dolls and Bears.

My bears been nominated and won many awards, ribbons and medals from local bear show, STBF people choice awards, and the wonderful and prestigious Toby and Golden Teddy

I have gained much experience from a full time career as an Account Executive in the very competitive corporate world. After a long day at the office and a long commute I enjoy coming home to my husband and bears in the Australian bush. I fill the few hours of my day when I am not a work designing bears and sharing them with my friends on my blog.
Offering patterns, kits, holding workshops, creating custom cubs, selling them on my website, eBay, Etsy and in selected stores, I am often asked for help from followers of my work and blogabout making their own bears. To assist everyone no matter where they live, I have created a bear making guide The guides are a collection of 12 patterns offered electronically to cut down on cost and postage, being able to include up to 150 step by step photos in the bumper mink issue showing every step to making your own beautiful mink cub just like mine!

I have written and published a beautiful book "Bear Basics and Beyond" full of inspiration and advise to be used as a guide for every bear maker, bear artist and collector.

I  love to make bears and share my knowledge with others inspiring people to be a part of this beautiful world of bears

In a world where such talent is everywhere we look 
it is hard to not get caught up in it all trying to be the best. 
My moto is: To always try to be better than me!
I have been fortunate enough to be awarded many medals over the years. 
The latest awards for my work are:
Goldern Teddy 2011 Nominee for both 
Tiger Lilly and Portabello

 And of course my book Bear Basics and Beyond!

Sydney teddy Bear Fair 2011 Peoples Choice 
Small bear category

Teddy Bear and Friends Industry Choice award - Toby 2010

I am also very honored to have
China on the cover of the UK's Teddy Bear Times Mag
Tiger Lilly onTeddy Bear Review &
Neapolitan on Bears & Buds

Sydney Teddy Bear Fair 2010 - Peoples Choice Award
Australian Bear Creations Award Nominee 2010

Here are some of the other medals won

Portbello won 1st place at Woodend 2010

The Australian Bear Awards 2006

Sydney Teddy Bear Fair 2006
Winner (Open) Bear under 6"
Winner (Open) Bear over 6"
Winner (Open) Furry Friends

The South Australian Doll and teddy Show 2006
(Once Upon a time)

Winner (Open) Bear under 6"
Woodend 2006

Sydney Teddy Bear Fair 2005
Winner (Open) Bear under 6"

Gold Coast International teddy Bear Fair 2005

Sydney Teddy Bear Fair 2004
Winner (Novice) bear 3-12"

Bears In Brisbane 2004