pixies and porcupines

Chicago, Illinois

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Announcement    This letterpress chippy uses papers, ink and old world techniques to spread laughter through little mail-able pieces of art.


This letterpress chippy uses papers, ink and old world techniques to spread laughter through little mail-able pieces of art.



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About pixiesandporcupines

Sales 1,104
On Etsy since 2011

Meet the owner of pixies & porcupines!

I love making people laugh with my racy and unexpected sense of humor. So I founded pixies & porcupines in May 2011 by >me< chicago designer and smart aleck savant, Nancy Flemm. Through letterpress and silk screen I spawn rabble rousing goods that are sure to bully you into a twisted smile. I believe you should tell people you care by taunting them at life’s biggest moments!

The beginnings of a silver-tongued minx started when I came across a sun-times ad directing me personally to draw a turtle and send it in for a critique. I did and 6 weeks later my fate was decided. Fancy that. I was a rockstar colorer and freshly critiqued artist so off I went to college for graphic design. After college I fell into 60+ hour work weeks in the viciously flashy world of advertising. I desperately needed to goof off! So I channeled William Shakespeare to write my prolific entrance essay. Weeks later I answered a call from professor Keith Howard, who with his heavy aussie accent, extended acceptance into RIT‘s elite and exclusive non-toxic printmaking program. I spent two glorious years as a brooding artist filling my days etching, figure drawing, talking about the sublime and perfecting my inappropriate wit.

After grad school I decided my best career success hinged on rip roaring belly laughing. In 2011 I took a letterpress class at Evanston Print & Paper and became an addict. pixies & porcupines feeds my need to spend hours looking at vintage art and thinking of snarky greetings. My cards are letterpress printed on a Vandercook with a dash of unicorn blood to make them extra special. I print everything myself on 100% post-consumer recycled paper made in the good ole US of A. Although I have no filter I do have a social conscious. I want people to know by sharing my cards they are kinda like vigilante super heros. People liked that and wanted more. So in 2012 I expanded to include silk screened bags and t-shirts. Who knows next year maybe I’ll expand into neck tattoos!

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  • madame fun bags

    Owner, Director Of Tomfoolery

    I give people the giggles. I don't mean to, it just happens. I say things. Crudely inappropriate things. When they laugh my heart grows three sizes. I'm addicted to making people laugh. I give them the giggles.

Shop policies

Last updated on May 23, 2011
Welcome to pixies and porcupines!
Creativity is one BIG adventure for me.

Recycling art [original and found] into cards is my current obsession.
I craft each card with love and great care. With chine colle no two are exactly alike. I truly hope you enjoy them.

Not only do I love designing. I love animals.
A percentage of the listing price will be donated to Paws Chicago, animal rescue.

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Returns and exchanges
I strive for perfectly constructed items, should a problem arise, please contact me and we will work together to resolve. I want you to be happy with your purchase. I try to be as descriptive as possible but if you need further information, do not hesitate to contact me.

If you are not satisfied with your item, it can be returned for a refund. Shipping costs are not refundable. Buyer takes charge of the return shipping fee. Returns must be sent within 5 days. Returned items must be in the condition which they were received and unused, with the original package. If a card is in worse condition than at the time of purchase or has been damaged, it is not possible to receive a refund or replace the product. Please contact pixies and porcupines to coordinate return of item.

All sale items are final.
pixies and porcupines accepts paypal and money order.
shipments are made within 24-48 hours after the Paypal confirmation of payment. and 24 hours within money order receipt.
I ship via USPS priority mail after payment is received. I do my best to ship within 24 hours of receiving payment. If you would prefer a different carrier or shipping expedited beyond USPS Priority Mail, please convo me before purchase. If you would like insurance on the item, please let me know in the notes/instructions to seller at the time of purchase. Insurance will be a little extra.

All orders will be shipped to your Etsy address.

If you prefer another address, please let me know.

*** Once items are shipped, I cannot be responsible for lost or stolen items. If you would like your item insured, please contact me. ***