I first learnt of Caramelaw after seeing one of her creations on the front cover of the Doll Scene by Louis Bou. I was completely enamoured by the whimsy and the fun of her gorgeous girls. They had a certain style and panache – they were clearly from another world and bursting out of an illustrated candy land. So when Sheena Aw aka Caramelaw asked if I could help her doll home from Auguste Clown, I of course readily agreed. So – for a short few days I had a very special visitor, and I’d like you to meet miss Meilla.
Miella grew up in the forbidden candy circus. Some say she has a twisted soul and that all her internal organs are made up of nothing but candy. Everyone would stay away from her but she never understood why. She only wanted to have a friend.
Caramelaw described Meilla as a girl filled with so much sweet that people misunderstood her – she only wanted to be loved!
Look at how out-of-this-world she is! She’s just sitting on my kitchen table and she brings about her such crazy pop that I had to take a snap of her. She began as a Charlotte Les Fleurs (and has that crazy unmanageable Charlotte hair), and she came equipped with this amazing circus themed platform stand with pink glitter. She came with three character figurines, a bear handbag (clipped with a pink M&M), and a hot air balloon charm.
But wait, that’s not all! Can you see how fun her dress is, with her little clown collar? She also came equipped with a gorgeous clown hat, decorated with sweets, fluffballs, frills and a giant pink pom pom.
Caramelaw’s girls are famous for their gorgeous face-paint, which makes it look like she burst straight out of an illustrator’s book,and took the pictures with her. Her eyes are painted with a cat (that reminds me Sailor Moon’s Luna), a sprinkle candy, other sweets and jellybeans. Her lips are painted geisha-dot style, almost in a love heart shape. Caramelaw really has developed a style that is unique to her!
Of course, each one of her eyechips are a special colour as well, filled with glitter and fun. Above, you can see her front-facing pink pair.
I don’t think I have managed to convey how amazingly pop and stylized this wonderful girl is. She really is out of this world. My other Blythe girls kind of just oggled at her in great curiosity – every detail has been painstakingly looked at, down to the clown paint down her arms, the little felted triangles on her hat, her striped stockings and her fabulous pink boots.
It’s hard to capture on camera how amazingly loud this girl is. She’s like a little beacon in a room filled with darkness and boy, does she sparkle.
I sent her on her way home yesterday, and I hope that she has a safe journey back to Singapore. I think her Blythe sisters here already miss her – but I think she’s inspired them to be a bit more colourful, a bit more sweet, and a bit more fun.