Amy grew up in the Rocky Mountains near the Colorado/Wyoming border at an abandoned 1940s rock mine. She spent her childhood days exploring the old mill on roller-skates, or riding motorcycles and snowmobiles with her sisters around the wild mountain peaks, collecting rocks, flowers, and old bottles.
Her mother was a seamstress and artist, her creativity constantly entertaining and inspiring Amy and her sisters. Her father was the caretaker of the mine and an outdoorsman, always snowplowing the road from their isolated cabin to the highway, hauling in water, teaching them how to skin an elk.
She is now married with one son and still lives in the Medicine Bow Mountains in a rustic, isolated cabin near her childhood home.
From the seeds of her brick and mortar vintage/western stores over the last thirteen years, she created Calamity Pass Trading Company,
"Calamity Pass" gets it's name from a high mountain pass, a cheek-squeezing dirt, logging road in the Never Summer Mountains.
Calamity features Amy's handmade designs and collections inspired by her mountain lifestyle. She handpaints found animal skulls with intricate designs. She recently created an exclusive skull collection for Urban Outfitters in Malibu, CA and New York City, NY.
She makes rugged mountain jewelry and intricate bags from recycled and natural materials including bullet shells, porcupine quills, fur and leather. Her work is inspired by her history and life of being connected to the wild. She incorporates her deep appreciation for the natural world into her work, hoping to capture the jagged edge of western wilderness, people and spirit.
Most of Amy's handmade items are one of a kind.