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.
Flower for Bear Patterns
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.