About a year and a half ago, I had the pleasure of receiving some fantastic photos and comments from Italian bear artist Antonella Dulio. Like Madonna and Cher, the bear maker prefers to go by her first name: Antonella. The solo-named artist began to create her own ursine pals around late 2012 or early 2013. She found that she had a talent for this craftsmanship and decided to dub her newfound business Cicciorsi.
When retailers head to Javits Center for Toy Fair, they most likely don’t have much time to concentrate on anything but placing bulk orders and figuring out what merchandise will fly off their shelves. (Well, if not fly, then at least leave speedily!) I annually vow that I will cover the enormous square acreage of the convention hall, but I always fail to meet that unrealistic goal. Perhaps when pigs fly, I’ll be able to say I saw and photographed it all!
Attending Toy Fair as a “cub reporter” for Teddy Bear & Friends means that I’m already receptive to a healthy dose of make-believe. While members of the press who cover NASA are, hopefully, in tune with the swirling cosmos and twinkling galaxy, I’m a gal who likes to pretend, imagine, and really, truly believe in fantasy possibilities.