Nearly 400 Teddy Bear & Friends readers cast their votes for this year’s Teddy Bear of the Year (TOBY) Public’s Choice Awards. The winners were announced at the Teddy Bear Artist Invitational (TBAI) in Syracuse, N.Y., July 29.
Folks who love teddy bears and their friends are collectors of stuffed animals. Though that phrase is often considered sort of lowly — people conjure up visions of half-price critters in a bargain-store basement bin — the world of soft-art collectibles is a celebration of stuffed animals, plush toys, and huggable original works of personal expression.
Photos courtesy of Shaz Bears
I’ve had the fantastic opportunity to showcase so many different artists and their life’s work in this blog format, and I have always enjoyed seeing how The Plush Life springs into reality via their talented hands and always turning minds.