is a long lane that has no turning.
have always looked upon fate as a friend, who brings me opportunities
as if they were precious gifts. Tracy Spalvins, my right-hand woman, has
decided to make a change in her life, to explore other possibilities,
and is leaving at the end of December 2001. In reply, I have decided to
make a change in mine as well, exploring my more challenging design ideas,
in an exclusive line, Charleen Kinser Limited (very limited). I will be
unveiling new pieces from Charleen Kinser Designs for the 2001 holiday
season through our new website, www.charleenkinserdesigns.com, a support
site for our retailers. Charleen Kinser Designs will be shipping until
December 21, for delivery on Christmas Eve. On any piece ordered between
June 1, 2001 and December 21, 2001, we will be happy to attach a special
handwritten medallion reading , "Charleen Kinser Designs 2001, The Last
a world now dominated by mass production, the characters we have dispatched
to you over the past 25 years may be more correctly called 'handmade',
and yet our small group of artisans has made up a "production house".
For example, we do not use machines to cut a stack of pieces at one time,
but, by hand, we cut several pieces consecutively. Each person who works
on your toy works through her own perception of the character, and inadvertently
adds to it. This means that no two pieces are exactly alike, but we do
conform to a standard, which I set and against which Tracy checks each
piece as she finishes it.
The works I create for Charleen Kinser Limited
will be different in that I will exercise a little more freedom in the
design; the constant challenge in production will be absent, the challenge
of translating my concept and vision through the eyes, hands and minds
of my coworkers. I've been working with my dedicated crew for so long
now, I'm sure I'll feel wildly ungrounded for a while. I will make each
piece myself, and I plan to limit each edition to somewhere between one
and twelve pieces. In 2002, I will show my new work from Charleen Kinser
Limited through a website link, and I plan to exhibit it to retailers
for the first time at the International Toy Fair in February 2002 in New
more things change, the more they stay the same.
searching for a way to describe what I want to do now, I come up with
the same desire that has inspired me always: I want to make things, characters
for people to live with. I hope you will continue to be those people.
sincere gratitude, and with a toast to the future,