Hello, we’re Anna and Kate Filatova, two sisters from Russia who design and create toys. Our shop is called Anna Pavlovna.
Kate and I have loved teddy bears since childhood. Growing up, our mother and grandmother would make clothes, dolls, and stuffed animals for the kids in our family. We inherited our love of needlework and artistic skills from them. Today, Kate and I support each other and work as a team. Though she studied economics and I studied fashion design, we work together to design and construct our collection.
We started making bears about eight years ago. Each of our creations are made by hand from natural materials, like mohair, alpaca, suede and wool felt. We plan out all of the collections in advance: from the types of bears and their colors and sizes to which materials we will use. Creating patterns for a new design takes time and testing, and it can be weeks or even months before we are ready to start making a new bear. All of our teddy bears and animals are one of a kind and made with love, care and patience.
When we finish making our toys, I often take photos of them in the forest (many of which I post on our Facebook page). Although I love every season of the year, fall is my favorite — the splendid colors create the perfect conditions for taking photographs of our creations.
Kate and I love making items that bring light to someone’s day. Our favorite thing about what we do is getting happy comments from Etsy customers. Being part of this community inspires us to grow and improve. We’re so pleased and proud to share our toys with the world.
All photographs by Anna Pavlovna.