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About Us


 

Hello!  We are david & marie, artists and makers of many things.  All of the items here in our shop were handmade or designed by us.  We love creating and we're happy to be able to share our work with you.  We hope you find something that makes you smile!

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or just to say hello!

friend@imaginaryanimal.com

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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 hundreds of miles away from each other at the time). So Mr. Postman delivered marie's typewritten golden letter and david's collaged postcard (purposely split in two).  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). 

For a whole year they kept the Postal Service busy (and hopefully amused) by sending collages, drawings, postcards and decorated packages back and forth between Fort Wayne and Minneapolis.  Finally, m & d decided to join forces and save postage.  Now they share a little studio and collaborate on all sorts of projects including mail art to send to friends and family (and maybe even you).

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You can see more of our work by looking at:

david's portfolio

marie's portfolio

marie's blog

our collaborative artwork

and our analog photography

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marie studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art and the Cranbrook Academy of Art.

david studied at the Art Academy of Cincinnati.

We currently live in Indiana.

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All products & images on this site are © Marie Gardeski & David Birkey.  Please give proper credit when re-posting.  Thanks!