ARTIST – Warm ‘n Fuzzy aka Denise Cortez
COUNTRY – México at the TJ border
TITLE – .: Butterfly Miko :.
MATERIALS USED/TECHNIQUE – acrylic paints and mediums,wood,trim,super sculpey and various fabrics – sculpting, painting, sewing.

DESCRIPTION/BACKSTORY-

.: Butterflu Miko :.
Miko is a sacred shrine maiden devoted to protect the fragile delicate hearts of women.
Armed with her twin blades, she cuts the hearts of unfaithful men taking their souls in to darkness.

You can sometimes see her reflection in the water or her shadow when in full moon, always on the look for treacherous lovers.

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What was your inspiration for this custom toy?
The butterflies I saw on the garden, they have a mystic nature to me, mythology, the texture and color of Asian fabrics and the awesomeness of balsa wood.

Which part of the customizing process did you enjoyed the most?
Putting everything together ( her kimono, shoes and blades) seeing how she came to life with all those details. I also enjoyed giving her a name and story, it felt complete somehow.

How and when did you begun customizing?
About two and a half years ago, I used to make custom plush and paper toys at the moment so customizing a vinyl was a natural step for me, didn’t knew much of it but I really wanted to give it a try. I did my first one to enter a contest and I’ve been hooked since then.

What keeps you inspired?
Mostly everything, toys, books, Mexican and Asian mythology, life, manga, anime, cartoons and seeing other artists work and talent. I think thats the most important for me because it motivates me to get better and to learn or try new things.

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BIO

Warm‘n Fuzzy is Denise Cortez a designer born and raised in the multicultural border between Mexico and the United States. She’s heavily influenced by American cartoons, pop culture, Japanese anime & manga.
With a sack full of ideas she paints, sews and uses a variety of mediums to create lovable and bizarre characters.

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LINKS/SOCIAL MEDIA

www.denisecortez.com
www.warm-n-fuzzy.net
www.flickr.com/photos/warmnfuzzy/
www.twitter.com/shakty
www.pinterest.com/denisecortez/
www.facebook.com/people/Denise-Cortez/100000332058286