About Dawn Santagata
Where I Am Today, And How I Got Here
I have been an arts and craft "junkie" for most of my life, and I have dabbled in just about all art forms from the time I was a child. I watched in awe as my Mother created beautiful paintings and made our home a showplace for her many talents. I eventually settled into creating my favorites and I've won awards for my watercolors and photography. I still enjoy creating stained glass projects, but my first love is my Sunshine Teddy Bears.
I began designing and making teddy bears for my own collection in 1992. My first attempt at creating a bear resulted in a strange animal that looked more like a rat than a teddy bear. Thankfully I didn't stop there and my second attempt produced my first Sunshine Teddy Bear. A year later I designed a teddy bear for a friend and Sunshine Teddy Bears was born. My first sale resulted in a bit of joy as well as a few tears as she left for her new home. Today my Sunshine Teddy Bears are in collections throughout the United States.
Some Male, Some Female, Some Youngsters, Some Oldsters
There is something very special about taking a wad of fur and creating a teddy bear who seems to speak to me. Each Sunshine Teddy Bear has its own unique expression and I know immediately if a face I've created is a male or female and whether it is a young bear or an oldster. The creation of each teddy bear today is still as exciting as the very first one. The minute I start a new bear I can hardly wait to see the newest face to join our family of Sunshine Teddy Bears.
My Sunshine Teddy Bears and I thank you for visiting our website!