Beadwork by Rachel Moody

Beadwork is in my blood. It’s my heritage. My mother’s mother was brought up on the Flathead Reservation in Montana, where all of the women beaded. As a young girl, I had the wonderful experience of going to 4th of July Pow-Wows on the reservation and seeing the head to toe intricate rainbow of beadwork. I began collecting treasures, on the beach, through my travels, in exotic bead markets overseas, and at gem shows. When I bead, I sink into timelessness. I get lost in hues of various colors and my work becomes my meditation. I am the weaver of the web. Gemstones are soothing to me. My seed bead mandalas mirror so much of nature and are a tangible symbol to me of how we are all connected. I feel each piece holds a bit of the magic of the moment it was created. My best work comes when I travel and am able to take my beads to a beautiful place, usually with a vista. I never plan what I am going to make. The pieces evolve in front of me inspired by the beads, a stone, a shell, or a color combination. Each piece has its medicine, power, beauty, color therapy, or energy healing, thanks to the amazing stones I have the privilege of working with. My joy is seeing the person it was made for, find their perfect piece.