Rosemary Frew began her creative journey using fibre. As a young child in England she began knitting scarves and socks at the age of 7. She discovered her intuitive use of colour, fibre and texture resulted into designs and creations that were unique….. at that young age a spark flickered, a flame was lit….and a beautiful creative journey began with a passion beyond compare.
Going through the fibre spectrum to feed and nurture her creativity, Rosemary began looking at other mediums to experiment and play with. Her creativity lead her into a design world as a freelance designer for international yarn companies, and consulting work for new exciting textural yarns being created back in the 1980′s. Rosemary then began her own woollen design and export company, with an indigenous Australian design range.
As with all designers, they like to experiment with new textures (or toys as she calls them) and fields, and soon was commissioned to design quilts & patterns – a love of fabric that grew. Her love of colour and texture has led her to design embroidery and cross stitch patterns for thread companies and retail outlets.
Moving along through the years, and with work commitments receding almost into retirement, she now has more time to play, and at last she is able to spend more time in what she calls her ‘toy room’. At a Brisbane craft Quilt and Craft show, she discovered a beautiful fabric called mohair – which is a traditional fabric for making Teddy Bears – it was and still is love at first sight. What a powerful combination – texture, colour and fibre all wrapped up together to give endless creative satisfaction. Bliss!
As always, her creative juices started to flow, and her own designs started to form, and soon Luvly Bears were born. She has been creating and making bears for nearly a decade, Still developing and creating, and ever inquisitive, she is creating with different mediums to use with her bear creations.
If you ask Rosemary what is her favourite pass-time, she will always reply: letting my mind and hands wonder through the lushness of fibre, texture and colour or in otherwords – playing in my toy room.
You can visit Rosemary here.