Amy Helfand grew up near Chicago, collecting beach glass on the shores of Lake Michigan.  She now lives and works on the Brooklyn waterfront, where the hunt for treasure is far too easy .  Amy received a BA in Photography and American Studies from Hampshire College, and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  She considers herself very lucky to be married to fellow artist Michael Miller and the mother of three boys.  Amy’s work spans photography, collage, sculpture, installation and textiles.  She aspires to reconcile real landscapes with imagined ones through a process of collecting, manipulating and abstracting images. 

Amy made her first rug in 2004 for a show at Wave Hill, a public garden in the Bronx.