BBC Children in Need has been around for almost a century and I
have the fondest memories of staying up late and watching it as a
child. Still being a big kid at heart I was overly excited to have
been asked to customize an iconic Pudsey Bear, and immediately
fuzzy felt and needlework classes came to mind.
SEE WHICH OTHER DESIGNERS HAVE CREATED A SPECIAL PUDSEY
As an adult I still read fairytales and watch kids movies and my
favourite creator is Tim Burton - I'm totally obsessed with his
characters, especially from A Nightmare Before Christmas.
I wanted Pudsey to feel like he had been patched together by a
child's imagination, full of innocence, fun and fairytale
Pudsey came together from a mixture of denim sourced from local
charity shops, which Grace, our wonderful, intern washed with
stones to give it a more vintage feel, and Liberty prints from a
personal collection of fabrics I have. We work very closely with a
talented sample maker called Anthony Vrahimis and he kindly
constructed Pudsey's body for us. Grace then took over and cut
patches from the fabric and sewed them together by hand with neon
cottons using a traditional blanket stitch.
SEE KATIE WITH HER PUDSEY BEAR
This was an incredibly fun project and it was an honour to be
involved with, please support the future of our children by
watching Children in Need on November 18, and more importantly by
Katie's Pudsey will be exhibited in Liberty, London,
from November 7-19. You can bid to buy the one-off Pudsey's created
by Katie Hillier, Erdem, Jonathan Saunders, Henry Holland,
Mulberry, Giles, E. Tautz, Liberty and PPQ here.