A few months ago I came across the Knitted Bear Company on Facebook and was intrigued to take a look. I discovered that Diana, bear knitter extraordinaire, is based in West Sussex, my home county. She knits all her bears (not to mention dogs and cats) from hand spun wool from rare breed sheep and fills them with more wool to make them plump and cuddlesome. When I realised one of the breeds she uses is Southdowns sheep (like the ones I've photographed at the Weald and Downland Museum) I succumbed and ordered one of her adorable little pocket bears.
These were inspired by the home made pocket bears given to soldiers as mascots in World War I and they genuinely are pocket sized. My little one arrived this week so I thought I'd give a sense of scale by photographing him in my hand. It took a bit of juggling to get the lighting right then fire my camera while holding my hand out in front of the lens but I got it right eventually. All I need to do now is come up with a name for this little chap before he comes out with me in my pocket on the odd photographic adventure!
12 December 2017