About Hypha

Hypha is derived from the Greek word hyphe, which means web. Hyphae are the branching, thread-like, vegetative parts of a fungus. They are the primary means of growth and are collectively called mycelium. Mycelium are non- centralized structures; any part can regenerate or reproduce. Hyphae search for nourishment and connections with other hyphae to mate and exchange information.

Metaphorically, hypha is a growing community web, mirroring the strength and decentralization found in mycelial networks. The potential of these networks is the inspiration behind this site: to search for connections via ideas and art, as well as to create a tangible manifestation in the Hypha free plant nursery.    

The Hypha free nursery is a community project to share plants and knowledge with others in Seattle. Please visit that page for more information and see the news page for current updates.

About Shannon Welles


I've been making art all my life, with darkroom photography emerging as the strongest hold on my heart. I am drawn to the spirit of place and the memories and history it holds. Over the past decade, I have been working to re-skill myself in earth, community, and place-based knowledge areas. I have a permaculture design certificate, a Washington native plant steward certificate, and experience in community garden design and planning, urban forest restoration, wildcrafting, and earthen building and mural painting. I am currently studying PNW ethnobotany and will enter Seattle U in the fall for the MFA in Arts Leadership program. By employing ancient knowledge, materials, and techniques, I am seeking a deeper understanding of the earth and what it is to be human.