Welcome to Teddy Kingdom!
My name is Lena Volkova. Making teddy bears is one of the greatest joys of my life, and I am honored to have had my bears recognized by such prestigious awards as the 2007 Golden Teddy Award nomination, the 2009 TED Worldwide Award, and the 2009 & 2011 Golden Teddy Award. At a recent teddy bear show, I was asked why I no longer submit my bears to competitions. Before I could answer, another artist nearby said, “I am glad Lena doesn’t compete anymore – it gives newer artists like me a chance!” This is very flattering, of course, but it makes me feel a little old!
Besides bears, my creations also include dogs, cats, and rabbits, each of which has his or her own personality. I love creating a creature out of mohair, alpaca, synthetics, and other materials of the finest quality and seeing it come to life. Sometimes, when they look at me, I almost think they are real!
I use only my own patterns, which I am constantly changing and accommodating to incorporate my new ideas. I draw much of my inspiration from the many wild animals who visit my home daily in beautiful northern Michigan, where I live with my husband John, two dogs – Rodger and Tracy – and a cat named Daisy.
I truly love what I do, and I am so grateful to my many collectors around the world who have been supporting me and encouraging me with their kind words and friendship since the start of Teddy Kingdom in 2004. We are a wonderful community, and I am so glad to be a part of something that extends across so many different countries and cultures. It is so inspiring.
Each of my creations comes with a sewn-in Teddy Kingdom tag and will arrive with a Certificate of Authenticity hand-signed by me, Lena Volkova.
In addition to making teddy bears, I also have a life-long love for classical music. As a matter of fact, I was a professional concert pianist for many years, and I still enjoy playing – only now for a smaller, but very appreciative, audience of family and friends. As you can see in the slide show, I am an avid gardener, and I get such a sense of fulfillment from seeing my plants grow and bear a beautiful, delicious harvest!
Thank you for coming to visit me – it is such a pleasure for me to have gotten to know so many of you, and I am looking forward to each new chapter of this teddy adventure. I wish you happiness and joy in all that you do!