Chris Cotton Bear Designer

Chris Cotton lives at 127 Harbour Drive, Matarangi, Whitianga New Zealand with two cats and a dog called Jack and a multitude of teddy bears.

She has just the one husband, although he has two jobs (Washing up and Web design).

Chris runs a business from home through the internet and sells patterns, mohair, acrylic fur and bearmaking supplies, apart from selling ready made bears and dolls.

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Her two adult children and one grandchild are very proud of her creations and keep in regular contact. Chris was born in Lancashire, England and spent much of her childhood in the Fiji Islands. She has lived in Auckland from 1969 to 2007 and then moved to Matarangi Beach.

Chris has always been of a creative mind and started making clothes for herself and sister while still at school. She discovered bear making in the late 1980's and it has turned into a passion.

She has to date designed over 160 different bears and furry critters and her patterns are sold all over the world. A common thread running through Chris' designs are small ears, large tummies and large feet.

The SPCA benefited from Chris's skills. This large bear which was designed by Jo Lynn was auctioned at their annual dinner and raised a tidy sum.

Home address

127 Harbour Drive
R D 2

Home Phone

0064 7 8664548

Chris' favorite bear designer? Joan Easton of New Zealand

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