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She Was a Hairy Bear, She Was a Scary Bear

by Louisa Bermingham

An utterly unique collection of words and artwork, telling a powerful story of loss, self-doubt and self-acceptance.

Click here to see a selection of art and captions from this book, as posted to Twitter on International Women's Day 2021. Use code HAIRY20 at checkout for 20% off this title.

Take a journey through contemporary womanhood with Bermudan artist Louisa Bermingham, whose unique artwork – created using her own hair – is presented here to tell a restrained, powerful story of beauty, self-esteem, responsibility, acceptance, conformity, loneliness and (eventually) happiness; facing up to and overcoming life’s hairier, scarier moments.


Louisa Bermingham is an artist and art teacher at Bermuda High School. She has worked for two decades teaching art in various settings on the island, from primary through college level. Her first book, featuring a scattering of words and 38 original illustrations – most created using her own hair – is titled She Was a Hairy Bear, She Was a Scary Bear, and was published by Valley Press in November 2019.


Date Published: 2019-11-01

ISBN: 9781908853950

Catalogue Number: VP0112

Number of Pages: 76

Cover design by Jamie McGarry

Cover illustration by the author

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