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Welcome to the Atelier of Valérie Bayol in Hamburg Sankt Georg!

Here are a few examples of the unique works created by the french artist, Valérie Bayol. These are playable figures: dolls, puppets, muppet, living puppet, animal figures, marionettes, table figures, theater figures and sculptures. They are handmade with a homemade modelling woodpaste. At the moment there are fairytale and characteristic animal dolls – foxes, wolves, rabbits, donkeys, pigs, cats, mice, rats, lions, bears, camels, monkeys, giraffes, squirrels, frogs and dog mops as well as sculptures in their studio for sale.

If you want to see more, visit Valérie Bayol in her studio at Danziger Straße 40 in Hamburg, St. George. Since there are no fixed opening times, please call her. If Valérie is not visible. She is mostly not far away.

Theater figures, dolls and sculptures – now in the Hamburg studio of Valerie Bayol

The Art Studio is in the Danziger Straße 40 in Hamburg, Sankt Georg, near the famous street Lange Reihe.


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Artist portrait: Valérie Bayol – From witches, wizards and dragons in St. George!

Kings, frogs and fantastic creatures: Valérie Bayol handmade puppets modelling with selfmade paperclay in St. Georg. Judith Behnk was allowed to take a look at her studio.

A treasure, as from a fairy tale, hides in the small, inconspicuous Danziger street in St. George. Through the shop window of the atelier look clever little figures: foxes, wolves, cats, frogs, squirrel. Nearly every passer-by remains stunned. The creator of these creatures is Valérie Bayol, a native of Southern France, who invites us to a tour of her studio….
<!– / Just as smart as her characters, is the artist herself – open and friendly is the greeting. A little distracted, she leads me at a rapid pace through her studio. Stand once before the one time before the other doll stand, running into the next room to make tea there. A real challenge when trying to record the conversation. “Where did I stop?” She says as she returns. She is refreshing and funny, her laughter contagious. The tour takes you past a great abundance of marionettes, hand puppets and table-tops. And everywhere a small interested being appears who may seem to be advising who may be the alien guest who has entered their realm. Love led her to Hamburg Valérie tells us that she came to Hamburg by way of detours via Hanover, Berlin and Freiburg. Since 2011 she runs her studio in Hamburg St. Georg. “But now, in the dark, cold hibernation of Hamburg, I miss my Albi home already very much,” she reveals a little wistfully. Already as a teenager she produces drawings by the French painter Toulouse-Lautrec and Salvadore Dali. The creativity lies in her blood. When she then decided to study, she moved between art and languages. She decides for the more down-to-earth version and studies German studies in Montpellier to finally give in to her creative potential. Originally, she made the figures for her son and played him small plays until the idea matured to make more of it. She created characters with medieval Burgundian costumes, which she borrowed from old costumes and began to write stories that her protagonists should play. However, when she writes stories, she says, she has to censor much more than when making dolls. The faces of the figures are modeled from a self-fed papier mache, which is mixed with sawdust. After a drying time of up to one month, the material can be polished and painted. But often the way is not so simple. On drying, the material often shrinks massively, which can greatly alter the expression of the figure, Valérie explains. Many of the modeled heads ultimately land on the rubbish. Thus, many, many heads are produced for a single figure. If the head is successful, he gets a hairstyle, usually made of artistically turned wool or fur. The little characters are slowly evolving and with them stories that the creative artist around her invents. A bit morbid it is already She is very critical of her own work and often lasts for a long time, gives them names, rejects them, changes the costumes and exchanges the hairstyles. In their workshop at the back, there are more kings, witches, wizards, and all sorts of fantastic other beings in a shelf. There are crates around with heads and limbs of all kinds. A bit morbid it is already. She calls the red-painted workshop – the scary cabinet. The appreciation of their work is also shown by the fact that many of the dolls are purchased as works of art which are attracted by their buyers as well as by a Miró on the wall. But even children will get their money’s worth. Once a month Valérie offers a workshop where children can make their own animal dolls. For 25 euros including material costs, the little ones can let their creativity free under the guidance of the artist. And take something invaluable home with you – a handmade doll that you can not buy in any store. We hamburger can be lucky that, despite our moderately nice weather, such creative plantlets as Valérie Bayol have found their way to us. Culture 28 January 2016 Judith Behnk Judith Behnk Kulturredakteurin / MA Art History and Religious Studies / Contact: behnk@hh-mittendrin.de Related topics St. Georg kultur news Valerie Bayol artist puppeteer Marionettes Handpuppen Künstlerporträt –>

Könige, Frösche und fantastische Wesen: Valérie Bayol fertigt in St. Georg Figuren aus Papiermaché. Judith Behnk durfte einen Blick in ihr Atelier werfen. (in Hamburg Mittendrin – Nachrichtenmagazin für Hamburg-Mitte)

Ein Kleinod, wie aus einem Märchenland verbirgt sich in der kleinen unscheinbaren Danziger Straße in St. Georg. Durch das Schaufenster des Souterrain Ateliers schauen einen gewitzte kleine Gestalten an: Füchse, Hasen, Katzen, Frösche. Fast jeder Passant bleibt bei diesen Anblick mal kurz verblüfft stehen. Die Schöpferin dieser Kreaturen ist die gebürtige Südfranzösin Valérie Bayol – sie lädt uns zu einem Rundgang in ihr Atelier und ihre Werkstatt ein.

Ebenso gewitzt wie ihre Figuren, ist auch die Künstlerin selbst – offen und freundlich ist die Begrüßung. Ein wenig zerstreut, führt sie mich in einem rasanten Tempo durch ihr Atelier. Bleibt einmal vor der einen mal vor der anderen Puppe stehen, rennt in den nächsten Raum, um dort Tee zu machen. Eine echte Herausforderung, wenn man versucht das Gespräch aufzunehmen. „Wo war ich noch mal stehen geblieben?“, sagt sie als sie zurückkehrt. Sie ist erfrischend und lustig, ihr Lachen ansteckend. Der Rundgang führt an einer großen Fülle von Marionetten, Handpuppen und Tischbüsten vorbei. Und überall schauen einen kleine interessierte Wesen an, die zu beratschlagen scheinen, wer der fremde Gast wohl sein mag, der ihr Reich betreten hat…. (weiterlesen)


Figures from the studio of Valerie Bayol

Welcome to the Atelier of Valérie Bayol!

Here are a few examples of the unique works created by the french artist, Valérie Bayol. These are playable figures: dolls, puppets, muppet, living puppet, animal figures, marionettes, table figures, theater figures and sculptures. They are handmade with a homemade modelling woodpaste. At the moment there are fairytale and characteristic animal dolls – foxes, wolves, rabbits, donkeys, pigs, cats, mice, rats, lions, bears, camels, monkeys, giraffes, squirrels, frogs and dog mops as well as sculptures in their studio for sale.

If you want to see more, visit Valérie Bayol in her studio at Danziger Straße 40 in Hamburg, St. Georg. Since there are no fixed opening times, please call if Valérie is not visible. It is mostly not far away.

Theater figures, dolls and sculptures – now in the Hamburg studio of Valerie Bayol



Artist portrait: Valérie Bayol – From witches, wizards and dragons in St. George

Kings, frogs and fantastic creatures: Valérie Bayol handmade puppets modelling with selfmade paperclay in St. Georg. Judith Behnk was allowed to take a look at her studio.

A treasure, as from a fairy tale, hides in the small, inconspicuous Danziger street in St. Georg. Through the shop window of the atelier look clever little figures: foxes, wolves, cats, frogs, squirrel. Nearly every passer-by remains stunned. The creator of these creatures is Valérie Bayol, a native of Southern France, who invites us to a tour of her studio….