About La Familia Green
La Familia Green, conceived in Spring 2005 by painter/printmaker/paperlover Mollie Green, represents an eclectic assortment of interests and ideas. The aesthetic is Mexican folk art meets Scandinavian design meets wildlife preserve … West Texas meets the Midwest.
The ever-evolving collection is inspired by our growing list of obsessions—high-top sneakers, the style of Alexander Girard, fluorescent pink, floaty pens, thrift-store owl collections, 1970s tennis manuals, dioramas, the sky in New Mexico, Scandinavian textiles…
All products begin as an original handcut collage, drawing, or print in designer Mollie Green's studio in the Rogers Park neighborhood on the northside of Chicago. The cards are printed at a wind powered print shop in Rochester, New York. Each card is packaged with a white, kraft, or red envelope. Buttons and magnets are made by Busy Beaver Buttons in Chicago. And wrapping paper is offset printed by an eco-friendly printshop, also in Chicago.
From La Familia Green (which also includes Lemur the cat, Stickers the dog, Zuzu the smaller dog, and the memory of the beloved ferret, Jasper) in Chicago—buy a card and spread the love.
Stationery designer Mollie Green grew up among the tumbleweeds and cotton fields of Lubbock, Texas. Her childhood was filled with games of hide-and-seek in her family’s furniture store, itchy lacey dresses that her mother made for her, and her grandmother’s Quimper collection.
After moving to the Midwest in high school, Mollie completed a BFA in painting and printmaking at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Graduation forced the lesson of how to live and work as an artist—that meant retail by day, artist by night. Attempting to integrate retail skills with artistic training and a love of multiples led to the birth of La Familia Green in 2005.
“I love the immediacy and intimacy of cards. You buy a card, write a note and send it out into the world. I never know how many people will experience—hold, use, enjoy—my work. I also love that I can easily and quickly express my interests through this medium.”
Mollie has filled the La Familia Green studio in Chicago with things that inspire her—good music, plastic Mexican wrestlers, colorful ribbon, Czech finger puppets, back issues of Seventeen, and vintage wildlife encyclopedias.
La Familia Green strives everyday to make environmentally-friendly choices and to reduce energy and waste. We only use paper and envelopes that are 30-100% post consumer recycled. We support vendors that minimize their environmental impact. Our printer uses wind power, purchases carbon offset credits, and supports animal causes. Our clear sleeves are biodegradeable, sustainable and compostable. And we are big advocates of reuse---from shipping boxes and packing material to discarded magazines that we use to bind stacks of cards. We also only buy products (like the soap at the sink) that have not been tested on animals. And La Familia Green uses a percentage of all sales to support local animal charities. Some of our favorites are Felines & Canines, Six Legs Foundation, One Tail at a Time, New Leash on Life, PAWS Chicago, Red Door Animal Shelter, and Illinois Doberman Rescue Plus.