Who am I?
My name is Bella G. Bear, which is not my real name (that’s Rianne Doller). I like Bella better than my official name though because my best friends gave it to me. I learned to sew from my mother who is very good at making quilts and even made some of the dresses I wore as a little girl. Creativity has always been important to me, so it was only a matter of time before my mother got me into quilting. I discovered that quilting, embroidery and all other fabric relating exploits are what truly makes me happy and calm, so I am very excited to share it with you! Besides sewing I love books, I have many many books and even have a book blog with my friends: Bookworms united. Also there is music, going outside to walk around in cities or nature and writing.
Why sewing and quilting
What I love about sewing is experimenting with fabrics and thread to see how far I can take all the ideas I have. I love the challenge of figuring out how to make something by yourself, because in that way you learn the most. Also, when you are not constricted by rules of what is possible to achieve, often more is possible than expected! Sometimes it pays off to have little experience, and a ‘we’ll see what happens’ attitude. Anyhow, whether it is because of its nostalgic, old-fashioned aura, or because of its association with home and cosiness, I don’t know, but working with pretty coloured fabrics gives me lots of satisfaction.
Tools of the artist
An important partner in my projects is the wonderful, unshakable Frau Pfaff, visible in all her glorious beauty in the picture below. She is a German beast that can do absolutely anything, and won’t stop working until she is told to. Frau Pfaff is my precious, and I wouldn’t want to work without her anymore. A sewer and her machine have a special bond stronger than any bond Duct-tape can make. However, I still really love to hand-sew as well, because it quiets down the though process, making sewing a meditative process. To me, machine and hand sewing are two different things, both suitable for different projects, and both beautiful in their own way.
What this site is all about
Because of my experimental nature I like to challenge myself and to try out new things. All the projects on this website are wildly optimistic, and all have been successful in at least some ways, but rarely how I imagined them from the start. But that is how many creative processes go in any form of art anyway. Luck, optimism and stubbornness are my constant companions that keep me going when something goes awry.
This goal of this site is to show my projects to anyone who wants to read about it. I will also talk about the things I’ve learned by doing things wrong, so hopefully, it will prevent other people from making mistakes such as having a making a stuffed Hippopotamus toy with only two legs (true story I’m afraid, which you can read about here). Also, I would love to learn from you people, so feel free to comment as much as you can with tips or funny anecdotes. At any rate, I hope you enjoy reading about my projects and the stories behind them. If you want to know even more about my creative projects you can follow me on DeviantArt or Instagram. If you have a question you can always leave a comment or email me at Bellagbearart@gmail.com. I would love to hear from you!
In the name of crafts, let us all UNITE!