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About TheLowlyEsculent

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On Etsy since 2017

Ethnobotanically informed Illustrations

Plants provide us with unbelievable resources. Not only are they our foods, but they're the flavors and spices we add to those foods. They can be medicinal or simply recreational. They are fibers and lumbers; They are dyes and decorations. Whatever a plant's purpose, it has a history full of fascinating lore and sometimes unbelievable tales.
When learning about a plant, the approach may be strictly ecological, purely sociological, or meticulously biochemical, and each angle offers its own wisdom and value. No matter the scope, the tangled past of human-plant relationships is an unyielding source of delight and intrigue for me. After all, to study ethnobotany is to study the captivating field of plant biology through the lens of human history. It is to learn the art, the cultures, and the obstacles of our past. It is a celebration of our immense diversity and our potential for harmony with the surrounding natural communities.

Enchanting as it may be, agriculture has a dark side marked by cruelty to our own kind and assault to the land. Industrial agriculture is a wretched beast that victimizes any and all in its path, whether that be animal, vegetable, or mineral. The violation of human rights, animal welfare, and environmental stewardship is vexing. What's worse is we never seem to learn from our mistakes. Today, more people are enslaved by agriculture than ever before. Biological diversity has never been more threatened. Wild lands continue to be cut down, fragmented, and weakened. We cannot continue down this path if we want to survive.

There is a balance between celebrating the wonder and lamenting the despair. Sharing the good while not just acknowledging the bad, but being a force for positive change is what The Lowly Esculent is about. My illustrations represent a philosophy that often gets lost in our daily quest to stave off our own darkness. As my heart bleeds for the victims of our own ruthless greed, I know that effective change is better accomplished when garnished with a bit of whimsy and art. We need humor to keep the gears turning, to find joy in learning, and to keep our emotional stamina from depleting.

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  • Megan

    Owner, Maker

    I'm Megan, half plant biologist, half artist. I graduated from Marlboro College in 2016 where I studied plant domestication & visual arts. Still obsessed with plant-human history, I now use art to share my delight in the fascinating botanical world!

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    Customer Service

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