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I was born in 1948 in Billerbeck, a small town in the northwest of Germany, and have studied to become a teacher for handicapped children.
I have been married to Dieter Schroer for 38 years now. Our four children are grown up.
We live in my home town Billerbeck together with our cat Lucy and our guinea pigs.
I was always fond of drawing and doing crafts. I make puppets and nativity figures and have made a lot of dolls. In 1987 I made my first teddybear as a gift for Josef. Rather soon I became a professional bearmaker. Most of my bears are sold by private orders, but in the moment I don't take new orders and only work on the lots I already have.
I never specialized my bearmaking as I always tried to make new things and I am proud that all my bears that got prizes or nominations are very different .
         I work as a bear-doctor too and I am proud if I can rescue old teddies.
I have done many bearmaking classes and have put my experience in a book "A bear of my own - professional hints for better bears and own patterns" in 1996. It was very successful in Germany, so I made an English version " A bear of my own - manual for bearmaking and designing"  which is  published by Hobby House Press .
On April 29th at "Teddybear Total 2000" in Hennef, I could finally release my CD-Rom "Teddies, Bären und so weiter..." . In June 2001 I presented the English version of this CD Teddies, bears and all that.... in New York.

When I moved to Billerbeck to care for my old mother I retired fom bearmaking and teaching classes.


Rotraud Ilisch
D-48727 Billerbeck
Deutschland / Germany

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