While some of Wayne Kleski's designs may take years to perfect, others are complete after one night. Once he’s fully-drafted an idea, it takes Kleski about three months to produce doll prototypes, and an additional six months for production. Once the costume is drawn and fabrics are plugged, the seamstress brings the doll to life. Lastly, Kleski personally reviews every cut, seam, and trimming to ensure that his design has been accurately translated. “If you look at my dolls, you will see a passion and love in each and every one. Each one-of-a-kind piece has a special sparkle in their eye from being hand-painted. Each has a closeness to my heart from the amount of time I spend working to make it the best I can.”
The final step is to send the doll to the factory to be produced. Kleski spends about six months out of the year visiting his factories to produce dolls as close to the exact reproductions of original pieces as possible. “I am very much a hands-on designer. I personally visit the local fabric factories to select the fabrics and trims and work to teach the production staff each of the new sewing techniques and design styles.”
Presenting a Signature Series Mae! She is the proud member of the first edition to the Signature Series and is numbered 6 of 60. She is hand signed (on her hand) by Katherine's Collection designer Wayne M. Kleski. This lady may be shipped in her original box which I saved. Shipping will run $50. Her stand is not included, but can also be purchased for $35 plus shipping (separate box) and before you ask - no it does not fit in the box with Mae.
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