Color surrounds me and excites me on all levels and I find infinite inspiration from observing Nature in all her seasonal wardrobes. I am captivated by the rhythm of stringing beads and the patience it requires to sit and bead for hours and hours. It slows down the frenetic pace of my hurried life and helps me find perspective

I consider myself a color artist, with beads representing tiny photons of colored light which can be woven together to form infinite patterns of beauty and delight. My approach to color is intuitive, a felt-sense of what different color combinations feel like together in the moment of creating with them. It is during this process that a dialogue is established between myself and the object I am making.

My current body of work is done free-form; thus I am creating my own road-maps as I bead along, not necessarily knowing the destination, but enjoying the journey one bead at a time. This is a reflection of my need for spontaneity and improvisation. Experiment, Explore and Enjoy is my motto!

In 2003, I was ordained as an Interfaith Minister through the School of Sacred Ministries in Doylestown, PA. My main interest as an Interfaith Minister is in leading ceremonies and rituals that connect and transform people’s lives. I bring joy and beauty to each celebration, creating safe sacred space that helps restore each participant to a place of harmony, balance and inner peace. (www.spiritedceremonies.com)

In 2009, my book Beading – The Creative Spirit: Finding Your Sacred Center Through the Art of Beadwork was published by SkyLight Paths. In it I offer multiple ways to explore beading as a spiritual journey of self-discovery. Each of the seven chapters is rich with personal stories, exercises and beading projects. It is a guide to understanding where creativity comes from and how to get there and thus relates to anyone who is being creative with their hands and hearts. It is an outgrowth of my 43 years of beading and the many ways I have used beading as a spiritual, meditative practice.

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BEADING—THE CREATIVE SPIRIT
"Finding Your Sacred Center through the Art of Beadwork"
Rev. Wendy Ellsworth
Skylight Paths Publishing
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