Using off-loom bead weaving techniques Wendy Seaward composes intricate sculptural works out of glass seed beads and natural materials such as semiprecious stones, pearls, fossils, and found objects. While living in Africa as a Peace Corps Volunteer, she was inspired by the dynamic beadwork of the Ndbele, Swazi, Zulu, Xhosa and Basotho cultures. With a degree in horticulture and a passionate interest in sustainable agriculture and the environment, natural forms are lovingly imbued in her work, evident especially in her freeform pieces, which may feature spirals, curls, droplets, openings and other forms found in nature. Wendy has received national acclaim for her highly elaborate beaded masks. They are exotic in appearance, therapeutic gestures of self reflection.