In 1992, the year after I graduated NYU Film School, I met my husband, Ed Mironiuk. Eleven months later we started our own company, Cha-Pow! digital ink and paint, coloring animation for Coke commercials, Cartoon Network pilots and Saturday Night Live, to name a few.
In late 2005, as a hobby, I started Cuddly Rigor Mortis LLC, hand making plush dolls of my own creation. I had never sewn anything before in my life. I was lucky enough to have been included in gallery shows (Gallery 1988, Rivet Gallery, etc) and magazines and fans found me from all over the world.
But after 3 and a half years of sewing the same patterns over and over again in my spare time, I felt the need to expand my set of characters. I decided to put away my sewing machine and pick up a paintbrush. I had taught myself how to paint when I was eleven and it's been a constant calling. No longer limited by the constraints of plush design, the range of Cuddly characters quickly grew to include food, real and imaginary animals, and charming botanicals. Again, I consider myself lucky that my paintings have been featured in Time Magazine online, The Huffington Post and The San Francisco Chronicle and have been exhibited all over the world, from NYC to Paris to Disneyland. I still can't believe it.
Although my work has evolved from cute/horror to cute/creepy to just plain cute, the core of what Cuddly is stays the same - making people happy.
My sincerest thanks to my great fans, old and new, who continue to support me. I honestly couldn't do this if it weren't for all of you.
P.S. I also wanted to let you all know that I won't be taking on any more commissions. Although a lot of my most memorable pieces stemmed from your ideas it got too overwhelming for me and I had to stop. Thank you for your understanding :)
About the tattoo:
In 2008 Ed got Papper Och Penna to design my name just for him:
So he could have it tattooed on the back of his noggin'.