Local artist Melynda Yesenia makes screen-print and block-print stationery and prints, and conjoins plush toys to create m.y. anomalies cryptids. She also takes custom orders including build-your-own notecard sets and creating your favorite conjoined creatures or mythological and cryptozoological plushes.
Many of her prints are inspired by the Hyrtl skull collection at Philadelphia’s Mütter Museum, with a Mexican sugar skull spin. The m.y. anomalies line of soft sculptures are “the outliers the toy companies forgot to offer you. For every fifty-thousand or so normally produced toys, there should be an anomaly — now here they are.”
“A fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy,” this hand-printed memento mori card is just right for sending greetings to anyone with a bit of a macabre side. (Credit: Melynda Yesenia)
Dicephalic twin pugs from the m.y. anomaly line of plush toys. Each anomaly begins as individuals who are carefully disassembled, re-stuffed, and hand-sewn together to create a one-of-a-kind creature. Each one is huggable, adorable, and unique. (Credit: Melynda Yesenia)
Handprinted skull notecard. These two are so close they are actually joined at the head! (Credit: Melynda Yesenia)
Inspired by anatomist Josef Hyrtl’s collection of human skulls on display at the Mütter Museum in Philadelphia, these hand-printed notecards are printed on Strathmore paper with one deckled edge, and come with a matching deckled envelope. (Credit: Melynda Yesenia)