By Miki de Goodaboom
Stage 5 of “The Tour of Teddies”.
As my Mom saw Comtessine Tivolie, she fell in love with her at once, and wanted to know if Tivolie has got sisters and brothers. She said:
“She is an aristocrat, you know, she needs some aristocratic company!”
And there she was, my 92 year old Mom, searching the net for Tivolie’s relatives! She found a lot, and eventually she ordered for me 4 Sisters for Comtessine!
I am not sure I will have time to paint them all, so many other bears have been waiting for their turn to be immortalised for a much longer time.
But here is “Comtessine Coccinella”, wearing a Lady Bug costume. All my Comtessines are in disguise by the way… I wonder if they are a bit embarrassed to be aristocrats… Coccinella is at our home in good company with some others from her kind… I am not sure they are Ladybugs too, or some extraordinary mutation, but my Comtessine feels very well among them all!
By Miki de Goodaboom
Stage 4 of “The Tour Of Teddies” leads me to teddy “Comtessine Tivolie De Lafontaine”, originally called “Happy Ziggy Chicky”.
I adopted her during my painting trip to Copenhagen in May 2017, while I was visiting the famous attraction park ‘Tivoli Gardens”. I was immensely happy to meet her there, as I had not seen many teddies in Copenhagen.
She was born in Sweden, at Barbara Bukowski’s house.
She is a birthday present from my Mom.
She looks like an aristocratic Teddy, hence the name “Comtessine”. The family name “De Lafontaine” is the name which have all the Teddies given to me by My Mom. Her own family name (my too) is “Fonvielle”, which means something like “Old Source”. A “fontaine” is a source… So, ‘De Lafontaine” is the “aristocratisation” of Fonvielle, somehow… and a wink to our famous fabulist and poet “Jean De La Fontaine”, who wrote these wonderful animal fables.
Comtessine Tivolie wears a chicken costume. She wanted to take a “chicken bath”, to know how it is to be a real chicken, so she asked me to bring her to a poultry yard. It was not the best idea ever, I felt that poor Contessine was a bit scared there by all the noisy clucking and weird looks she got. Chicken are not silly, you know, and despite her disguise, they did get that she was not really one of theirs!
Comtessine was glad then to be back home among all her brothers and sisters!
By Miki de Goodaboom
(Illustration based on photos sent by “Go Teddy!”‘s reporter Ann La Mar)
I mentioned it in my last post, our wonderful reporter Ann la Mar, from the UK, is actually on a mission in Sweden and sent us photos of beautiful Teddy Bears she met there.
The big one stood at the entrance of a toy shop, welcoming the clients I suppose, and was incredibly tall, taller than Ann. As for the little ones, they were sitting on shelves inside the shop and immensely bored. They seemed to have sat there for ages! Ann noticed that many of the children hardly paid attention to them, their interest mostly taken by the Frozen Characters and Superheroes dolls. What a sad world, she thought. And so do I!
Not that I don’t like all these modern toys. In fact I even drink my water everyday out of wonderful little bottles shaped as Frozen and Superheroes characters! But a Teddy Bear is, and will always be something else, timeless, irreplaceable. Would a child or event an adult grasp hold of Superman or a Frozen princess when he needs comfort? I doubt it!
There they were, these wonderful little bears on their shelves, forgotten, unseen, nameless. So the Big Bear decided to take them out on a ride for the day in his beautiful wooden carriage and the little bears were over the moon!
And I decided to give them a name:
The white one in the carriage is called “Snowflake”.
The red one behind him is called “Redmoon”.
And the orange one, in the arms of the big one, is called “Gingerly”
By Ann La Mar & Miki de Goodaboom
(Illustration by Miki de Goodaboom, based on a photograph by Ann La Mar)
Yesterday Truffle and me received an electronic postcard from Ann La Mar, one our star reporters at “Go Teddy!”. She is actually on a mission in Sweden. She wrote:
“… Today we went to a place called Smogen it was by the sea and very pretty as I imagined…We were just walking along a decked walkway looking at the boats and I found something to embrace….some cousins for Truffle!…love from me and the Swedish Teddy Bears…”
A wonderful motif and… the first Swedish teddy Bear I am meeting… it is very exciting!