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, where fresh biscuits and iced tea were a regular necessity. Her other grandma was a stubborn and determined plant lady who started a nursery business on the outskirts of the 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 working with plants and creating followed Kelly into her adulthood.
Much of the past 10 years she has spent studying herbal medicine and craft, growing food and herbs, or honoring her wanderlust by roaming the wilds.
She received a B. A. in Philosophy and Religious Studies in 2009. For over a decade she has studied herbal medicine with teachers like Rebecca Golden, Paul Strauss, Chip Carrol, Luke Learningdeer, Marc Williams among others. She apprenticed with Juliet Blankespoor and attended the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine in Asheville, NC in 2012. She studied book arts and paper making at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina and with Jim Croft in northern Idaho. She has done a slew of artist residencies including most recently Signal Fire's Wide Open Studios. Her teaching over the years has included classes on hide tanning, plant ID, wild foods, medicine making, nutrition and gardening.
Without a greater sense of connection to the wild, we have little hope for advocating for it's wellbeing. We as individuals are just different expressions of that wildness, and it can be found everywhere & in everything.
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 symbolized a noticing of details, of taking in a place by really seeing it.
Salt is the truest essence of the earth. It is a reminder of the basic thread that runs through all things.
Of Sedge and Salt is a place where an exploration of the details and the bigger picture happens. Here, creative projects of story, medicine making, photography and art meet education, environmental & social justice. I strive to find a balance in the paradox of small and big, scientific and spiritual.