about me

...my name is Anja Fohmann and I`m the artist behind Needful Friends...25 years ago I started to work as an artist. The love to "Teddy" met me purely by accident and was caused by the restoration of an old bear...if I hadn´t helped this completely worn out bear to get a new stately existence, my life certainly would have proceeded completely different...

In my early stages my bears had mainly been 10-25 inches in size...the love of details and my attachment to perfection brought me several Awards like Golden George, the European Championship and the nomination for the TiTa Award in Kobe / Japan...

Many years later, the miniatures conquered my heart...meanwhile I produce tiny people of 3-6 inches in size mainly...small Needful Friends made of highest quality materials...just a hand full of bear...you meet them as beary cucina in felted shells or as easter offer in hand-dyed eggs. My vintage bears have gone through a special vintage treatment, tranforming into a prop of our emotions. NEEDFUL FRIENDS win the heart of their people as special gift ideas for all ages. Let me take you to a world of soul comforters we can´t escape from even after a century of teddybear-history...

since more than 100 years the Teddy Bear appears to be a friend in need, just from the days of childhood, a friend in mind and a faithful, true comforter for young and mature hearts, too.  We told him about our troubles and he listened to our concerns by the numbers. He spent patient hours with us in a silent and trustful manner. We learned from him, to see by heart, he knew the answers to all our dreams and protected us against fear and sorrow.

My bears are  NEEDFUL FRIENDS  who know that silence is golden and often the best answer to all our questions and concerns. They know that nothing in life counts more than friendship and mutual understanding. They are little helpers throughout lifetime teaching us that each travel has to start with the very first step. We love them and we are sure: Happiness is the only thing, which doubles if you share...