Hello and welcome! I'm Chelcie - I'm an artist, learning herbalist, witch and wannabe psychedelic priestess. I was born a maker and a lover of nature. I grew into an art-witch and nature nun.
When making art I draw, paint, print, and tattoo with seasonal forays into fiber crafts like knitting and embroidery. I also work as a graphic designer to pay the bills. I love making art and images as food for the soul and psyche, as ritual markers, and as articulations of insights uncovered. I find great satisfaction in making items of practical use and am inspired by folk art + craft traditions. Knowing that an object will serve a purpose in addition to being well crafted and beautiful sets my heart at ease. Whenever possible, I try to reuse and repurpose materials when making. Waste sucks. (Plus, foraging for materials and supplies at the thrift store is my fave!)
I like to call myself an herbalist vulgaris - vulgaris is a Latin word meaning "common" or "of the common people", it is found in the botanical names of many weedy and useful plants. I am a common home herbalist -- I care for myself and my loved ones, usually with only a small surplus to offer my larger community. Nourishment, flexibility, respect, and simplicity are the pillars of my herbcraft. I work with plants that are close to me, that I live with and have developed relationship with. I gather ingredients and materials from my garden, do a little bit of foraging, and patronize responsible local herb sellers.
Both art-making and plant magic are spiritual practices for me. Herblore, wild creatures, and european folk traditions are my teachers and inspiration -- the art making then is an act of devotion. Together, they are my ritual magic and worship of the natural world. It’s a practice where mundane everyday routines of nourishment, observation, and expression become sacred. Silliness, celebration, and irreverence are critical parts of this mundane sacredness too!
All I do, I do with great care, joy, respect and attention to detail. I offer my goods to you as seeds of friendship, curiosity, healing, growth and magic. Find me on instagram to see more art projects, cats, plants, and everyday weirdness: @chelcie_vulgaris Thanks for being here!
BIWOC MASTERCLASS: DISMANTLING WHITE DOMINANCE IN WOMENS ENTREPRENEURSHIP Organized by Sonali Fisk, 20 Speakers | April 2018 | BIWOCMasterclass(.)com
OUR PEOPLE GONNA RISE, ANTI-RACISM WORKSHOP: BLACK LIBERATION The Mangrove Collective & 350 Seattle | Oct 14, 2017 | Duwamish Longhouse, Seattle
GREEN GATHERING with Jennifer Aikman, Erin Vanhee, Ylva Mara Radziszewski & others July 14-16, 2017 | Camano Island, Wa
LIVE-IN HERBAL APPRENTICESHIP IN THE WISE WOMAN TRADITION EagleSong Gardener | July 1-14, 2017 | Ravencroft Garden, Monroe, Wa
BASTYR HERB FAIR with Ylva Mara Radziszewski, Michelle Babb, EagleSong Gardener & others May 5, 2017 | Bastyr University, Kenmore, WA
INTRO TO SHAMANIC JOURNEYING Amanda Moreno | Feb 2, 2017 | The Vajra, Seattle
FOUNDATIONAL HERBCRAFT with Jim McDonald Jim McDonald | Oct 2016 to Jan 2017 | HerbMentor(.)com
HARVESTING SOUL: SPIRITUALITY AS COMPASSIONATE REVOLUTION Elders Council with Della Rice-Sylvester, Sarah MacLean Bicknell & Karyn Schwartz Sept 30, 2016 | Hosted by Cunning Crow Apothecary, Seattle
THE ART & SCIENCE OF MAKING BITTERS Crystal Hamby | Sept 10, 2016 | Dandelion Botanical, Seattle
DIGGING DEEPER WILDCRAFTING APPRENTICESHIP Cedar Mountain Herb School | March to July 2015 | Mt. Vernon, Washington
INTRODUCTION TO MUSHROOMS & MUSHROOM HUNTING 101 Puget Sound Mycological Society | Nov 23, 2014 | Center for Urban Horticulture, Seattle
GUT CHECK: EXPLORING YOUR MICROBIOME Rob Knight, Dr. Jessica L Metcalf, Dr. Katherine R Amato | Oct to Nov 2014 | Coursera(.)com
WILD MEDICINAL PLANT WALKABOUT Suzanne Tabert | May 4, 2014 | Discovery Park, Seattle
GARDEN TO KITCHEN REMEDY MAKING Catie Appleseed | March 2014 | Dandelion Botanical, Seattle
SIMPLE HOME REMEDIES (COMPLETE 6 WEEK SERIES) Crystal Hamby | Oct to Nov, 2013 | Dandelion Botanical, Seattle
STREET YOGA YOGA TEACHER TRAINING Street Yoga Teaching Staff | May 24-26, 2013 | Seattle
INTEGRATIVE YOGA & THERAPY WORKSHOP Stephanie Leon | April 6, 2013 | Samadhi Yoga, Seattle