As an artist and Western herbalist, Amy Glasser has been able to fuse her passions to create her own brand of nature-based products. Using her artistic skills, botanical knowledge, and a keen sense of design, she’s able to create functional works of art, herbal health aids, and educational tools. Nature is a clear inspiration in all of her endeavors, and a unifying theme in all she creates.
Amy remains devoted to her service to Mother Earth, and hopes to inspire others with her creations. There is magic in the simple practice of using nature in daily life, and it’s that truth she wishes to share with the world. There’s a contagious enthusiasm in her work that can’t help but spread to those who see it.
Plants understand her best through her art, which is how she best understands herself. Amy’s art is a tool through which she makes sense of the world, and she hopes it helps others do the same. She is devoted to finding and sharing empowerment through the knowledge of the plants and their influence on us.
Amy was raised in the city of Chicago. As a young adult she moved to California to meet the plants and go to school. There she studied Studio Art and Spanish at Pitzer College. Shortly after receiving her undergraduate degree in Fine Arts in 2009, she moved to Guatemala to work for ArtCorps. While there, she used art as a method for alternative communication and social change. Utilizing her visual arts skills, she collaborated on murals to raise consciousness for social issues.
After her time there, she moved to Humboldt County, Ca, and it was there that she decided to turn her passion for plants into action. She apprenticed and studied at the Dandelion Herbal Center in 2012, and subsequently at the Northwest School for Botanical Studies in 2014. The following year, Amy had the privilege to paint botanical watercolors of tropical medicinal plants at the Sacred Seed Garden at Finca Luna Nueva in Costa Rica.
Amy is forever grateful for her inspiring herbal teachers including Jane Bothwell, Rosemary Gladstar, and Christa Sinadinos. They opened her eyes to using plant wisdom and knowledge as a whole holistic way of life. She is honored and feels it is part her responsibility to share this wisdom and pass on the torch.
Amy is always eager for more tools in her toolbox and is currently attending the Southwest Acupuncture College in Santa Fe, NM. She is excited to learn from the wisdom of the desert. Amy looks forward to meeting more of the herbal community in the Santa Fe area.
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Amy was recently blessed with the opportunity to synergize three of her passions: art, herbalism, and aerial dance when she performed at the New England Women’s Herbal Conference in August of 2015. There, she performed on the fabric wearing what she calls an herbal-tard – a unitard of her botanical prints.
Amy is forever grateful for her teacher, Rosemary Gladstar, for seeing her light. It has been her joy to portray the spirit of the plants to the physical practice of aerial body movement. Amy has been in the air since 2012. She enjoys sharing her skills via teaching, playing and performing.