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Announcement    Artfull living + whimsical wildlife. Creating art since 1991. Textile designs and one-of-a-kind modern pieces for the home. Visit our blog for more


Last updated on 22 Jan, 2018

Artfull living + whimsical wildlife. Creating art since 1991. Textile designs and one-of-a-kind modern pieces for the home. Visit our blog for more


Fabienne Michot

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Fabienne Michot


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About Zanimo

Sales 90
On Etsy since 2013

THE ZANIMO CREATIVE PROCESS - two heads + four hands + a lot of love

Our artisitc collaboration started more than 20 years ago with a chubby cat named Gofrette (who has his own animated tv series on Qubo in the US) and a couch that needed reupholstering. Kilometers of painted textiles later we still work together on various creative projects.

We love folk art, Matisse, Chagall, Basquiat, Maira Kalman and have a thing (ok, an obsession) for striped nautical t-shirts. Several years ago we discovered the Magdelen Islands, a small archipelago in the middle of the Gulf of Saint-Lawrence. There we discovered the Piping Plover, an amazing little bird on the oh-so-terrible list of endangered species and a place to wear all those striped shirts! From that moment on, every bird became our friend.

We now spend several months a year on the Islands learning every day a little more about the amazing animals that surround us and how everything is deeply interconnected.


Step no.1 : we, she or I fall in love with an animal, furry or feathery. I don't dare describe what Doris looks like when this strikes though a picture might convey the full force of what overcomes her.

Since we can't have them all for A) lack of space and B) lack of knowledge on how to take care of a penguin (if let's say that's the object of today’s infatuation) and D) because it simply is a very silly idea to start off with, we then proceed to –

Step no.2 : Having come to terms with the fact that we can't have them all, let's draw and paint them all. A much simpler and saner approach to this abiding love we have for them and let's face it, much easier to put in an envelope than a penguin or a Saint-Bernard.

So, all that being said, Doris always starts from a picture of the animal we want to draw or paint. She then stares at it for a really long time, long enough to get a pain in her occiput (a.k.a the back of the neck) and to forget to go to the bathroom. Once she is fully enamored with her subject we then discuss surface : canvas or paper, which paper, what size. Then comes medium : paint or pencils? or a little bit of both and placement- is this a head shot, a close-up, a full body shot?

Paper, canvas, pencils or paint in hand, she starts to scribble and erase, scribble and erase, scribble and erase. Sometime during this process Petite Poule (one of our cats) usually comes by to inspect her work. Sometimes he will even sit on it. We interpret this cat-sitting behaviour as a sort of stamp of approval. The cat finally leaves and she continues. If it's a drawing, she's on her own though I sometimes intervene and put in my two-cents worth. I mean. remember, I do have a Bachelor of Fine Arts, right? But if it's a painting, then I'm all over it! Doris draws the animal on a canvas and I take over, pulling out my paints and brushes filling her beautiful, sensitive lines with color, color, color! And yes I now need awful glasses to see what I'm doing.

Our artistic collaboration is a perfect combination of her lines and my color and by jolly, I think we're having FUN!

Once the drawing or painting is done, we stare at it lovingly and decide to put it into print or not. I then carefully take the artwork to my brand new digital scanner and scan it at an extremely high resolution to then print it out on our unbelievably amazing humungous Epson professional printer with archival inks (which are made to last 100 years) onto beautiful fine art papers for a result that even dumbfounds the cat.

Once all that is done we carefully wrap it up to send it off to its new owners, wishing it a happy life.

And then we fall in love all over again...

Shop members

  • Doris, Matisse + Fabienne

    Owner, Creator, Photographer

    Our company name : Zanimo! It's the phonetic spelling for animals in French. We adore animals, big and small, short and tall and have been drawing, painting, printing, sculpting and imagining them for the past 20 years.

  • Petite Poule

    Curator, Customer Service

    Petite Poule is our very laid back studio assistant. Shares our love of birds. Really. Has no idea that he could actually hunt them which makes us very happy.

  • Kiwi

    Art Critic, Dispatcher

    Kiwi the art critic. With his huge paws and thumbs, he can actually hold a pencil!

  • Tiloup the corgi

    Beach Bum + Health Insurance Advisor

    Tiloup keeps us healthy by making us go out into the rain for daily walks and swims at the beach.

Shop policies

Last updated on 18 May, 2022
Welcome to our shop! We love what we do and hope to make your purchase a happy and exciting moment as in, "Yeah! I can't wait to hang it in my livingroom, bedroom, kitchen, family room, kid's room, ANY room!!!"

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
If you feel an item has been misrepresented, return it in the original packaging within 7 days of receipt and we will offer you an exchange or refund.
We accept Paypal and major credit cards. For our Canadian orders, we have included all taxes (oh Canada we stand on guard for thee....) accordingly.

As soon as we receive payment we will produce and ship your purchase with a big smile.
We recycle cardboard boxes for our shipping so as to keep the cost of shipping affordable and respectful of our ailing planet. We use Canada Post unless you specify otherwise. It's not the fastest but it is the least expensive here in Canada. Shipping costs include handling (with great care).

We will let you know when your item ships and will send you an email confirming that it has left. If you want your package tracked please let us know and we will adjust the price accordingly.

Insurance is available for the actual cost. By all means, convo me if you need to have your item insured and I'll send you a revised invoice.

For international orders please convo us for shipping details. There are so many ways to ship : fast, slow, boat, airplane, etc.

International customers are responsible for all taxes, duties, customs, etc.

Delivery time can vary considerably depending on where your item is being shipped. Please allow adequate time. Items leaving Canada to the US and Europe can take anywhere from 5 to 20 working days. On occasions items can be delayed due to customs, bad weather (we've had a lot of that lately) or national holidays. These delays are completely out of our control.