MISHKA S KUKLOYU (BEAR WITH DOLL) exhibition is announcing a contest for Doll and Teddy Bear makers for the award of «Ursa Major” (the Great Bear).

The theme of the contest in 2021 is «Elements»

5 nominations:

1 Fire
2 Water
3 Earth
4 Air
5 Lord of the Elements

6 Debut

Execution techniques:

You can submit a teddy bear or any other animal made out of any material (examples: papier-mache, textiles, metal, ceramics) as long as long as you preserve 5 rotating elements of classic teddy; head, arms and legs. You are free to choose any style and any execution technique.

Conditions: We invite artists from around the world working in any genre of puppetry, technique, material and style to participate in our contest. In order to be enrolled in the contest, please submit an application (free format) to mishkaskukloyu@mail.ru. The participation fee in the amount of $20 must be paid before October 17, 2021 into our PayPal account, which will be provided to you once your application is received. Every additional nomination will be another $20.

Photos of the submitted work must be emailed to mishkaskukloyu@mail.ru by October 17, 2021. Please include a note about the competition, your full name, title of your work, and description of the work (material and size) in your email.

Photo requirements: clear, sharp and well-lit photos of your work in four angles: full face, profile, rear view and 3/4. Photos of the works will be anonymously provided to the jury. Authoritative and professional jury will choose the most expressive and vivid images.

Criteria for evaluation:

1. Expressiveness, stylistic decision

2. Uniqueness of authorship, skill

3. Harmoniousness, color solution, relevance of parts and accessories.

The winner of the competition will be announced at the opening of the exhibition on October 24, 2021. The winners of all 5 nominations will receive a prize — “Ursa Minor” (the Little Bear). The jury will select a winner out of these 5 artists to also receive the grand prize — an “Ursa Major” statuette and a certificate certificate for participation in the exhibition BEAR WITH A DOLL 2022  or 5000 rub.

The best of the best nominees receives the Big Dipper and a

An excellent feature of the «Ursa major» teddy contest is incredibly interesting and wide topics of nominations, we can say that we have 4 contests!

To create your character, you can choose any animal in any style, it can be classic and still, fusion and fantasy, as long as its image matches the selected nomination. And also in your work should have 5 moving elements: head and paws or head — tail (not necessarily cotter pins)
Nomination Lord of the Elements: to create images in this nomination, you can take all 4 elements or 3 or 2.

 «Debut» — if you are a beginner teddist or you are not confident in your abilities or you have never participated in competitions, we offer the «Debut» nomination, which includes all the themes of the «GRAND TOUR» teddy

The distinctive feature of the contest «Ursa Major» is freedom of creativity, innovation, expressiveness, artistic solution of form and essence . https://www.instagram.com/ursamajor_contest/

Members of the jury of the contest “Ursa Major”(the Great Bear) 2021

We present to your attention our international jury! 🔝Professionals and artists! Their opinion, experience and taste are beyond doubt!

⭐ Zhirenkina Alena, Russia
⭐Nelly Sazonova, Russia
⭐ Kostyna Guzel, Bulgaria
⭐ Shinkovskaya Ksenia, Latvia
⭐ Zabrocki Masha and Sveta, Lithuania @sonadorka
⭐ Hazeki Chieko, Japan
⭐Suzanne Tauber, Germany
⭐Ding Wenshuang, China @wenshuang_bear

Maria and Svetlana Zabrozky (Lithuania-Russia) — The creative duet of Mom and Daughter, for many years, has surprised and amazes spectators with mysterious images. Their magnificent art projects are an adornment of any exhibition and a striking example of harmony of form and content.  Participants of many international puppet exhibitions including two exhibitions in Japan as representatives of European puppet art. Maria and Svetlana are authors of many different art projects. They have been collaborating with the puppet gallery «Vakhtanov» for many years.  https://www.facebook.com/Sonadorka  http://@sonadorka

Chieko Hazeki (Japan) — Gallerist, President of the Union of Puppeteers of Japan «Team Koyaala», the organizer of the exhibition FANTANIMA  https://www.facebook.com/Fantanima/

Zhirenkina Alena (Russia) — Graphic artist, Teddist, the creator of stunning and most often fantastic characters, an artist who boldly combines in his bears a variety of materials. It turns plush and mohair very much goes porcelain, wood and metal
Chief artist of the publishing house «Karapuz».
Member of the Union of Artists of Russia. https://www.facebook.com/alena.zhirenkina

Ksenia Shinkovskaya  http://wool-bulb.com is a bit of an artist, a bit of an alien. Since 2001, the head of the studio «Woolen Light».
She loves to find strange artifacts and wrap them in felt, creating objects in the style of BIOPANK. This is both a fairy tale and an adventure! A few words and a little light.

«And the most beautiful thing for me in the work of the artist is when someone else hears my stories told in images and in return shares his

Ksenia lives and works in Latvia. Her work can be found in collections and exhibitions around the world.

GIFTS to winners:

It is always pleasant to receive prizes and gifts, especially gifts from the heart and useful gifts! Therefore, we and our sponsors have prepared just such!
✔The winner of the online competition receives
☘Statuette of theURSA MAJOR gold stars,
☘Certificate for participation in the exhibition BEAR WITH A DOLL 2022 or 5000rub/ from @mishkaskukloyu

The winners of the nominations receive:

☘Certificate for 3000r from the factory of molds from @factory_molds

🌟 certificate of 3000 rubles for the purchase of materials in the store Plush nose @plushnose

🌟 Entrance to the closed group of Evelina Oplakanskaya «Draw together» @oplakanska

🌟 The book of Elena and Evelina Oplakansky «In Search of Your Style» @oplakanska

🌟 Certificate for free participation in the course from Svetlana Rumak «Turnkey Artist»

🌟 certificate for 1000 r from Svetlana Duba @molds_factory.

🌟 gift from @glaznglaz


Nelly Sazonova, owner of the online store «Mishkodel» @mishkodel

Svetlana Choalakidi factory owner @factory_mold @factory_molds

Chieko Hazeki gallery owner, organizer of the FANTANIMA exhibition

Rezanova Svetlana, organizer of the exhibition BEAR WITH A DOLL @mishkaskukloyu

Ksenia Shinkovskaya, owner of the workshop WOOL BULB @wool_bulb