Announcement Here at Imaginary Animal you'll find fine art prints by David Birkey and Marie Gardeski along with pouches, baby gear and pillows made by Marie from her original fabric designs. We also have hand-shaped Handsoap, State Mazes designed by David and lots of other treats for you and your pals! Thanks for visiting!
Here at Imaginary Animal you'll find fine art prints by David Birkey and Marie Gardeski along with pouches, baby gear and pillows made by Marie from her original fabric designs. We also have hand-shaped Handsoap, State Mazes designed by David and lots of other treats for you and your pals! Thanks for visiting!
Are you the Imaginary Animal? Yes we are.
David Birkey and Marie Gardeski are the artists behind Imaginary Animal. They offer fine art prints of their original drawings and paintings alongside meticulously crafted objects and accessories. David designs mazes by hand, carefully routing a challenging path from start to finish, resulting in a cool graphic combined with a fun activity. Marie has been sewing almost as long as she has been drawing and enjoys designing and creating clothing and accessories, recently using textiles printed with her own whimsical patterns. David and Marie share a sunny studio filled with plants and music in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
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Marie and david met through mail art. That is to say, a mutual friend encouraged each to send something to the other. (m & d were living 100s of miles away from each other at the time). So the Postman delivered david's collaged postcard (purposely split in two) and marie's typewritten golden letter. Later, they met in person for the first time at the same friend's wedding. Marie made the wedding dress and david was a groomsman. Their first collaboration was installing the wedding decorations. It was a great success. (david even made the twinkle lights flash "disco style" when the dance music played).
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Marie opened this shop back in early 2007 (before meeting david). She called it Foliage. When she officially teamed up with david she decided they needed a new name. Since they had recently started to refer to their studio as "The Museum of Imaginary Animals" they decided that "Imaginary Animal" would be the perfect shop name.
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View our collaborative artwork: http://gardeskibirkey.tumblr.com/
Owner, Maker, Designer, Photographer, Artist
Marie's favorite activities are drawing, sewing, visiting thrift shops and piecing together old jigsaw puzzles. She attended the Maryland Institute College of Art and the Cranbrook Academy of Art. See more of her work at www.mariegardeski.com
Maker, Designer, Artist, Inspector #24
David enjoys drawing, painting, hand lettering, music and frisbee. He attended the Art Academy of Cincinnati. See more of his work at www.davidbirkey.com.
Courier Printing is a small local printer specializing in offset and letterpress.
Printing fabrics by independent designers using eco-friendly, water-based inks on natural and synthetic fiber textiles. No additional chemicals are used in the printing or preparation process.
We hope you enjoy browsing our art and handmade goods.
It's a pleasure to be able to share what we make with you!
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
+ All payments must cleared before the item(s) will be shipped.
+ If payment is not made within 3 days of purchase, the order will be canceled and the item will be relisted.
+ All orders are shipped via US Postal Service.
+ Orders shipped within the US are shipped with delivery confirmation.
+ Standard shipping for international packages will be airmail, so expect 10-14 business day delivery time (once it has been mailed).
+ If you like an insured or express delivery with an extra charge please leave a note when you place the order before payment. We will then send you a revised invoice.
+ We are not responsible for lost or stolen packages.
Refunds and Exchanges
+ If you are unhappy with your purchase you may return it within 10 days of receiving.
+ We will refund the item cost, but not shipping.
+ You are responsible for the costs associated with shipping the item back to us.
+ If it is damaged or in any way used by the customer, no refunds will be given.