Live Your Peace interviews Rev. Wendy Ellsworth

Wendy EllsworthColor 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 traveled to Kenya on a fellowship from the PA Council on the Arts, to study the beadwork ofBeading the Creative Spirit: Finding Your Sacred Center Through the Art of Beadwork the Maasai and Samburu peoples. Since then, as of October, 2006, I have returned 3 more times to work with the women I have come to admire and love, helping them elevate their status through beading and education. Through Beads For Education (, I have taught the Dupoto Women’s Beading Group in Isinya and the Inkirimaat Women’s Beading Group in Amboseli region. In the far north, I work with the Umoja Oaso Woman’s Cultural Village, located near Archer’s Post, founded by Rebecca Lolosoli. In October, 2006, I led a two week tour, taking Americans to visit the places I have been teaching, to meet the women and helping set up importing and exporting with them. I hope to return in June, 2008.

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28 Responses to “Wendy Ellsworth”

  1. Ruth Anne Wood 9 June 2010 at 10:49 pm #

    I was moved and inspired by the African adventures and sisterhood that came about from your beading artistry! What a deeply heart opening interview. Thanks Wendy!

  2. Wendy Ellsworth 9 June 2010 at 10:49 pm #

    You are very welcome. I enjoyed it very much and am passionate about the work I do with the Maasai and Samburu women in Kenya. Beads unite the world!

  3. Catherine Werth 9 June 2010 at 10:52 pm #

    Just listened to the interview. Was moved to tears at parts. Wonderful journey.

  4. Ruth Anne Wood 9 June 2010 at 10:55 pm #

    Awe, what part?

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