Movie stills courtesy of Dreamworks Pictures/Spyglass Entertainment
The other day while watching “America’s Got Talent” with my children—one of the few shows on TV that a parent doesn’t have to worry about grabbing for the remote control when topics get too “hot and heavy”—I heard the audience guffaw at a joke that I found mildly amusing. The contestant—an aspiring comic who had the deadpan delivery of Emo Philips and the eyeliner/dark look of an emo teenager—mentioned how he still sleeps with stuffed animals. Then he paused, and delivered the punch line: “I love taxidermy.”
Recently I had the opportunity to chat with doll artist Liz Frost, who has a striking alter ego as a bear maker, too. Frost’s Teddies, though, aren’t the traditional soft-bodied companions. No, her ursine offerings are Little Teds and Big Teds that have mobile limbs and a ball-jointed anatomy. Frost has long been an admirer of teddy bears and she turns her personal preference into collectible creatures that can be moved, posed, and adored!