Kelly Moody is the main curator behind of sedge and salt
She grew up in southern Virginia, a small town in the Piedmont near the border of North Carolina in tobacco and muscadine country. She went to her grandma's house daily as a child, where fresh biscuits and iced tea were a regular necessity. Her other grandma was a determined plant lady who started a nursery business on the outskirts of their small rural town, which remained open for almost 50 years. Kelly grew up hiding with her sister in the tropical greenhouses and taking craft classes in the small nursery workshop. These experiences of being on the family farm, working with plants and creating followed Kelly into her adulthood.
Much of the past decade she has spent living in different places and studying plants, ecology and craft, writing about the land, growing food and herbs, or honoring her wanderlust by traveling cross country in various incarnations.
She received a B. A. in Philosophy and Religious Studies in 2009 from Christopher Newport University in Virginia. For over a decade she has studied herbal medicine, ecology and botany with teachers like Rebecca Golden, Paul Strauss, Chip Carrol, Luke Learningdeer, Marc Williams among many others. She apprenticed with Rebecca Golden in Brattleboro, VT of Earth Angel Herbals in 2010 and interned with the United Plant Savers at the Goldenseal Sanctuary in Rutland, Ohio in 2012. She apprenticed with Juliet Blankespoor and attended the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine in Asheville, NC in 2013. She helped manage the gardens and vegetable CSA at Dancing Springs Farm outside of Asheville, NC from 2014-2016. She studied book arts and paper making at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina and with elder medieval bookbinder Jim Croft in rural Idaho. She has attended a handful of artist residencies and workshops including most recently Signal Fire's Wide Open Studios in 2017. Her teaching over the years has included classes on hide tanning, plant ID, wild foods, medicine making, natural dyes, nutrition and gardening.
why sedge and why salt?
in botany, one way to tell a sedge from a rush, is to note the 'edges' of sedge vs. the 'roundness' of rushes
it prompts us to notice details, of taking in a place by really seeing it
even the parts of it we don't want to see
or the parts of it we pass by
salt is a simple essence of the earth
it reminds us of the basic thread that runs through all things
and to tune into the bigger picture
and the land inside of us
of sedge & salt gathers ideas about how we engage the land through creative work that includes photography, story, craft, plant based medicine & ethnobotanical research
of sedge and salt stretches tendrils to many places and spaces,
visiting conversations about the work of others tending, engaging or advocating for the land in the many wide reaching ways this can look
of sedge and salt acknowledges the reality of stolen land and wants to have conversations about what this means, who has access to land, why people treat it certain ways
without a greater sense of connection to the land, we have little hope for advocating for it's wellbeing
we as individuals are actually different expressions of wildness itself