Hi ya'll, I'm Kelly.
I'm an herbalist, artist, photographer, amateur botanist, philosopher, and craftsperson. I'm from the U.S. southeast, but have spent time in the last decade both farming and on the road exploring the wide and wild reaches of the vast lands that belong to the original native inhabitants of Turtle Island at an attempt to understand how our human and botanical ecologies are connected.
The Ground Shots Project encompasses a publication, podcast, creative practice, and small-batch herbal medicine making.
The name and structure for sharing it with the world came to a tangible fruition after doing a wilderness solo and program with the organization Signal Fire, an arts and activism organization.
It began as a publication. The Ground Shots zine is a patchwork of writing, time capsule, occasional travelogue, photography, drawings, ecological and social study. It is meant to be a reflection on the land through artistic process. It asks questions about how we see ourselves on the land and with each other, as well as challenges the reader to engage work that may visit ideas in odd or non-linear ways. It is a work that can travel, be traded, and used for occasional reflection.
The Ground Shots project is also an art practice. It started with drawing the ground by circling the bottom of my camp coffee cup on a drawing pad and drawing the leaf litter of that small space.
The writing I do often zooms out and looks at how things are interconnected. My time spent doing botanical research, and using art as a medium to process that information in a non-intellectual kind of way is a work I have been doing for almost a decade. Half that time I have been on the road, and half that time I've been a farmer.
Land capsules are monthly packages for $30 / month subscribers but are also a practice in putting together small batch storied herbal medicine with some form of art or writing to send out to folks every month.
I write plant profiles as a way to give the ethnobotanical research and personal fieldwork I've made over the years of chasing plants available free for everyone on my Of Sedge and Salt blog. Some of these will include guest co-writers. Some of them will be also be for patrons only.
The Ground Shots podcast has birthed after having traveled all over the country and meeting vastly different and interesting people. I've often thought how it would be great to share these folks' projects with the world. The podcast is meant to record the voices and stories of different kinds of folks that work with the land, plants, and craft especially when it comes to ideas around the intersection of environmental and social justice. I am interested in aim to feature less heard from voices in the different ways that can look.
I currently live out of my slide-in truck camper and while it makes it easier for me to meet my basic needs anywhere, and takes me to the plants, it makes everything I want to do a little more difficult without a work space.
I have been personally funding this self-directed project for years, and also piecing together work here and there to pay for my basic personal needs. I've decided to put more energy into what it takes to do this work on a bigger level, and because of that, my costs for doing it and living have increased. My time to do other work for money has decreased. In order for me to focus on this work from a grounded place, I need to be able to cover the costs of doing it and be able to eventually rent or build a space to work from. Life on the road has more overhead than less glamor than one thinks. What I am dedicating myself to here is a true labor of love. I love the plants, and I care about the health of our planet and our culture's relationship to it. I want to offer free content to reach many people, but I can't do it at the expense of being able to support myself. Having monthly support would allow me to focus on this work.
I created this page as a platform for folks to be engaged in my work. If monthly patronage in the form of $ is not possible for you, you can follow here, subscribe to my newsletter (found on the website), share our work, and offer feedback.
After we reach 50 patrons, we will be donating 5% of our funds to a rotation between Signal Fire, the United Plant Savers, and the Southern Poverty Law Center.
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All artwork and writing released here for patrons is copyrighted © 2018 Kelly Moody.
banner photo credit: Kelsie McNair.