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.
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.