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Exhibiting at Top Drawer London

Tracey Wilmot

Well we made it and are now back home unpacked and back to work. It was our first visit to Top Drawer and we loved it. We learned so much from this experience and it gave us so many ideas for the future and what to do with our business. We packed the car the day before and set off about 9am the drive down was fine no real traffic. We opted to stay in Hilton Olympia Hotel as it was the closest and wanted to make our days exhibiting as easy as possible. When we got there the hotel...

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Exhibiting at Top Drawer

Tracey Wilmot spotted top drawer

Exhibiting at Top Drawer

Well the time has come and we are exhibiting at Top Drawer in a couple of weeks. I applied earlier in the year to be part of the spotted section. I chose this way as it is a special section run by Charlotte Abrahams for new products and people who have never attended a trade fair before. I was delighted to be accepted and at the time it seemed so far away that I did not have any nerves.

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Our year on the road

Robert Wilmot

We have spent the last year on the road taking our bears up and down the country to many events craft fairs, gift fairs, makers markets.

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Rose-May bears - On The Road

Robert Wilmot Rose-May bears

Rose-May bears - On The Road

Where Are You? Since we won the award the bears have been in great demand and we have lots of events that we are attending, and showing off our new range of Dupion hand woven silk bears. As a result we have had to reduce our retail area in the shop and make more room to make the bears. Making the bears in the shop, for us, is very satisfying as we get to meet lots people who are interested in how they are made and like to watch and ask questions. We are very open and like to share...

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Our first award for our bears

Tracey Wilmot

After a couple of years of making bears to enter into the International Teddy Bear Artist Awards and then deciding not to send them this year I decided no I am taking the plunge and going to enter. I chose my category and drew my pattern, chose the mohair and eagerly started making him. On the day he was finished I called him conker because he had leather paws that looked like a conker and I told him to conquer the competition. He was put straight in a box and posted as I knew if he did not go straight away I would...

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