Fluff Wall Dolls

7 Jan

black-mermaidAs a child my mom used to wash our hair in the kitchen sink.  I suppose it was just easier this way as my sister and I had  mass amounts of hair.  We would get up on the kitchen counter and lay back letting our hair fall in the sink.  My mom had some vintage chalkware hanging on the wall where I could gaze up as I got my head scrubbed.  There were 3 flowers and they had delightful little faces and I would look up at them and make up stories about them and give them names.  My father also had a series of chalkware faces of men wearing turbans that he brought to America from Syria.  Needless to say, chalkware, which was very popular in the 1950s, became ingrained in the backdrop of my childhood.

REDHEAD__24733.1352601642.1280.1280No one really makes or sells chalkware or similar wall hangings these days.  Well, that is except for cuteness extraordinaire, Miss Claudette Barjoud, also known as Fluff.  Fluff is known for her wonderful, uber cute original designs.  They are featured on clothing, mugs, makeup cases, iphone cases, you name it.  And now they are also offered as Wall Dolls.  I was already a huge fan of Fluff and once I saw that she was making Wall Dolls, I swooned.  The first in her series is Le Sirene Petite, a small mermaid that packs huge amounts of charm.  Le Sirene Petite was offered in a limited edition of 30 dolls in each haircolor: Blonde, brunette and my favorite, red.  I had to have her and ordered her right away.

I really lucked out because I was the first to order the redhead and got #1 out of the series.  The true beauty of this little mermaid can really only be appreciated fully in person.  Claudette sculpted the original mermaid out of ceramic, then made a mold by hand and then casts each Wall Doll in resin.  The resin is much sturdier and less breakable than chalkware was.  When I got the piece I was stunned at how solid and heavy she was.  Each doll is also individually hand-painted by Claudette.  Talk about putting yourself into your work (and major hand cramps!).

MollyMermaidDoll_BLACK__00293.1354153367.1280.1280She has also released a larger scale mermaid Wall Doll, Molly Mermaid, based on one of her most popular character designs.  Molly was available in 4 hair colors, limited to 100 pieces total.  I scored once again on this purchase and got number one in the series of the raven haired Molly.  Molly was made in the same meticulous manner with which all of the Wall Dolls are created.

When I received my Molly I was once again so impressed with her beauty and quality.  I hung her and Le Sirene Petite together immediately.  Everytime I look up at these I remember being a child and being fascinated with my Mother’s “Wall Dolls” and all things mermaid.  Clearly I haven’t grown up all that much, but thanks to Miss Fluff, I don’t really have to!

There is also another Wall Doll worth mentioning that I did not have the chance to get before she sold out, and she was Suzy Sailor.  Suzy is based on a darling sailor girl character Fluff created.  She also was available with her original black hair and also as a blonde and a redhead.

Each piece is a true, unique work of art, and it’s so rare to be able to get a hand-touched piece of art from an artist you adore for such a reasonable price. I can’t wait until I have a full wall of Fluff Wall Dolls.  These editions are sold out but Claudette is releasing some one of a kind mermaids in her Ebay store. There are bound to be more Wall Dolls featuring other characters coming since these were so wildly popular. Join her Facebook, Twitter, and Mailing List to be the first to know when more become available.

BlueThe most recent one of a kind being offered on Ebay can be found here.


4 Responses to “Fluff Wall Dolls”

  1. Amy January 7, 2013 at 6:18 pm #

    There are actually many different people who make chalkware wall hangings. If you look on Etsy you will see various vendors selling mermaids, pin-ups, fruit, sea life, etc all with that 50s look.

    • cchakko January 11, 2013 at 12:33 am #

      I have seen quite a bit of the plaster goodies on Ebay and Etsy but have yet to come across any that are such superior quality. I am thinking of trying my hand at painting some myself!

  2. Anna January 10, 2013 at 9:28 pm #

    These are so friggin’ cute! How much do you pay for each one? Boo hoo re: sold out.

    • cchakko January 11, 2013 at 12:34 am #

      Aren’t they darling Anna?! The smaller one was $55 and the larger was $75 I believe.

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