Dr.Tara Logsdon rescues discarded teddy bears that are in grave need of physical and psychological repair from thrift stores. From there, long hours in the OR are spent repairing their dismembered souls and appendages. Through vison questing and surgery the patient is diagnosed to receive necessary treatment... perhaps a heart transplant to deal with abandonment issues or optical regeneration for a better outlook on life? Once the bear's full sensory make over is complete it becomes available for adoption. When adopted it comes with a unique prescription that must be followed until it's adapted to it's new environment.
These adoptees are all trained soldiers in DIE bearmy. Once they re-enter the world it is their mission to combat mass production and consumption and bring awareness to the desertion of living and inanimate things.
It is the bearmy's belief that we as people must slow down and become more deliberate with our creation and consumption to decrease the amount of abandonment in the world.
"DIE" bearmy is named after my amazing German grandmother Dorothy Elizabeth Icenogle. The "D.I.E." being her initials in monogram form. This is appropriate because she was an expert embroiderer and seamstress who would often monogram or embroider our names on things. The "bearmy" is a bear/army hybrid and because "DIE" also means "the" in German together it means, "the bearmy" pronounced [dee bair mee].
Elizabeth passed away when I was 12 but her style, appreciation for fashion and quality made a huge impression on me. She made me aware of the construction and quality of things, was insistent on purchasing and producing well made goods and maintained the life of them through deliberate care. EVERYTHING SHE HAD WAS IMPORTANT!
I have carried on her name and ritual by making these bears important again through new lives. Hoping to inspire the intent of deliberateness in creation and consumption in others.
DIE bearmy donates 10% of all adoption fees to the SOS Children's Charity who is also fighting abandonment in the world.
SOS Children's Villages is an independent, non-governmental social development organization that provides a safe and loving family environment for orphaned and abandoned children.
Since their founding in 1949, SOS Children's Villages has expanded to over 500 villages in 133 countries. They are currently raising over 80,000 children in their villages.
Through education, family strengthening, medical, and outreach programs; SOS impacts the lives of over one million people each year.
You will be making a contribution automatically with any adoption but if you would like to contribute to SOS directly, please follow the link below.