nerdpress

Handmade Greeting Cards & Novelty Gifts

Chicago, Illinois On Etsy since 2013

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nerdpress

Handmade Greeting Cards & Novelty Gifts

Chicago, Illinois | 633 Sales

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Nerd Press is a one-woman operation out of Chicago. I specialize in creating whimsical and quirky cards and screen printed baby clothes. Almost all work is done by me by hand in my home studio. I am a lover of art and craft and things made by hand. I believe that paper and post is not dead. The power of handwriting lives on - let's keep it going!

Thank you for visiting and supporting small businesses, local artists, and good ole' handmade products.

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Last updated on Oct 18, 2020

Thanks for visiting and supporting small businesses during this time! **Please allow extra shipping time due to USPS delays!**

Nerd Press is a one-woman operation out of Chicago. I specialize in creating whimsical and quirky cards and screen printed baby clothes. Almost all work is done by me by hand in my home studio. I am a lover of art and craft and things made by hand. I believe that paper and post is not dead. The power of handwriting lives on - let's keep it going!

Thank you for visiting and supporting small businesses, local artists, and good ole' handmade products.

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About nerdpress

Sales 633
On Etsy since 2013

Nerd Press - A One-Woman Show

I started Nerd Press in 2013 when I transitioned from working full-time for fiber artist Nick Cave to working part-time selling modern furniture. I knew I wanted to keep my hands busy with my extra free time and thought it would be fun to try living out a childhood dream of mine - creating a small line of greeting cards. (Yes, I was a total dork growing up. Still am. Hence, Nerd Press!)

Nerd Press started as a very small collection of general greeting cards I made from my original ink and watercolor illustrations. My goal with the line was to keep it playful and colorful - cards that would brighten a person's day! I also wanted to keep my cards low cost because I myself am a frugal minded person who struggles paying loads of $$$ for a card. Thus, my line of small, but sweet, whimsical cards was born!

As the years went by and I started selling my cards in local Chicago shops, the line grew to include holiday cards and other gift items. Soon people were asking me if I could make Chicago-themed baby clothes. I thought, why not?! So I revisited my notes from a silkscreening class I took a while back, and boom, started screen printing baby clothes!

Almost all Nerd Press goods are created by me by hand in my home studio in Chicago. In my art-making practice, I try to balance both being sustainable and low cost. The cards are designed, illustrated, inkjet printed, cut, folded, and packaged by hand. I print on paper from the American mill, French Paper, out of Niles, Michigan. My silkscreens are all handmade from recycled picture frames and fabric I thrift. I do all of the burning, printing, and heat setting by hand. Eco-friendly, non-toxic water-based inks are used.

I hope you love these Nerd Press products as much as I do! Thank you for your support!

Shop members

  • Kelly Parsell

    Owner, Maker

    Kelly Parsell is a Chicago-based interdisciplinary artist and the woman behind Nerd Press paper goods and novelty gifts. She's been hand-making all Nerd Press greeting cards and screen printed baby clothes with love since 2013 in her home studio.

Production partners

  • A commercial print shop

    Woodstock, IL

    Screen prints my canvas tote bags

  • A commercial print shop

    Buffalo Grove, IL

    This partner silkscreens my original artwork and design on adult t-shirts.

  • A production company focused on printing paper goods

    Boston, MA

    Prints postcards and marketing materials (e.g., business cards)

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