SPORE PROJECTS

Referencing the interconnected properties of mycelium, SPORE Projects provides opportunities for people to interact in real-time through what makes us intrinsically human- our creativity and desire for connection with each other and the natural world. Spore Projects and the Wild Seed Field Musuem are closely intertwined with the creative practices of community artist and citizen scientist; Emily Hemeyer.

ABOUT EMILY 

A lifelong nature enthusiast, Emily's reverence for the outdoors began with her family. From an early age, she danced in the rain munching on fresh green beans from her mother's garden with bare feet caked in mud. Some of her earliest memories are hunting for squirrels with her dad and brother on Spencer Acres, her family's multi-generational farm in Ralls County, Missouri. Emily's grandmother is German Ozarkian with generations of family Osage County, Missouri. She was a prolific quilter and crafter who lived her entire life on a farm where she raised her Emily's mother and her 9 siblings. Traditional skills and food, craft, and foraging have always been a part of life.

With a teaching and public practice art career 17 years rich, Emily is a currently a Teaching Artist with Artscope where she has had many roles including artist-in-residence, program director, summer camp director, and lead teacher. She's worked as a Teaching Artist and has partnered with numerous organizations and non-profits including the St Louis County Library system, St Louis Contemporary Art Museum, St Louis Art Museum, Public Art St Paul in Minnesota, Metro Theater Company, and the City of St Louis. 

 

In 2004, Emily earned a BFA in Fibers and Photography at the University of Missouri, Columbia. During her studies, she spent a semester abroad at the Aegean Center for Fine Arts in Paros, Greece. A life-long learner, she continues to attend workshops and learn through skillshare gatherings and folk school workshops. She has done independent research throughout the Ozarks, Appalachia, Florida, the Pacific Northwest, Southwest, and the Boundary Waters of Minnesota. She's currently a MAT (Science) Fellow with Project Dragonfly out of Miami University, Ohio; through the Missouri Botanical Gardens Cohort. She is a graduate of the St Louis Regional Arts Commission's Community Arts Training Program and a Tiger Community Arts Graduate Fellow. She's a Community of Practice Fellow with STEM STL through her work with Artscope. 

 

With Climate Change at the forefront of consciousness, she seeks to find new ways to engage the masses as we consider not only the value of what we are losing but also that of our relationship to the land and each other.

CURRENT PROJECTS

The Wild Seed Field Museum is a mobile museum and curriculum series rooted in ecology, traditional craft/skills, sustainability, and the natural world. Ongoing classes in the St Louis area include homeschool nature immersion workshops, exploratory hikes, and a free lecture series at the St Louis County Library. The mobile museum frequently travels to festivals and events throughout the country. 

Wild Seed Research is a Community Science modality of gathering specimens, data, and observations. Over the past 8 years, Emily has frequented several bio-regions of the US researching fungi, flora, and fauna with ethnobotanical uses including craft, medicinal uses, and for food. This research along with relationships with area experts has informed class curriculum and exhibits within the mobile museum. Current research includes ongoing study at Spencer Acers, building Midwestern database on dye fungi, and a mobile field research program. 

CHEROKEE STREET ROOTS & WOUNDED BIRD (St Louis, Missouri)

Much like the interconnected webs of its namesake, SPORE Project's incarnation was connected to the root systems of other creative endeavors sprouting around Cherokee Street in the Mid-2000s. SPORE's first public project was a conceptual pop-up clothing store dubbed Wounded Bird in the back of the infamous Cranky Yellow. The store contained imperfect garments, sold as-is with the likes of "Dreadful Dove Dresses" and "Sickly Starling Skirts". A mending station sat near the entrance with a sewing machine available for public use. In the spirit of up-cycling and conscious consumerism, customers were encouraged to alter their wares. The decor of Wounded Bird consisted of installations from local artists including a garment projection by Sarah Paulsen. The brand continues to be a recycled as a theme in various projects. 

The cover page of this site is an ode to David Wolk/Cranky Yellow- one of SPORE's earliest collaborators.