WHO WE ARE
Replicating 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. Intertwined with the art practice of Emily Hemeyer, current projects are the Wild Seed Field Museum and Temporal Cities.
A lifelong cloud gazer and plant 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. A longtime vegetarian, she recalls hunting for squirrels with her dad and brother on multi-generational family land in Ralls County, Missouri. Trees, seasons, and wildlife were often the topic of conversation on family camping trips to National and State Parks. Emily's grandmother was a prolific quilter and traditional crafter, versed in the "old ways" having lived on a farm in Osage County all of her life. Emily studied fibers at the University of Missouri, Columbia and has spent over a decade learning at skillshare gatherings and folk schools. With a teaching and public practice art career 15 years rich, her current projects the Wild Seed Field Museum and Temporal Cities bring a sense of wonder and inquiry to the world at large. 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.
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 hands-on workshops at Maypop Garden Center in Maplewood and a free lecture series at the St Louis County Library in partnership with Artscope. The mobile museum frequently travels to festivals and events throughout the country.
Wild Seed Research Pod is a Citizen Scientist modality of gathering specimens, data, and observations that Emily has developed for the Wild Seed Field Museum over the past 6 years. Throughout this time, Emily frequented several bio-regions of the US researching fungi, flora, and fauna that have historical and/or medicinal uses. This research along with relationships with area experts has informed class curriculum and exhibits within the mobile museum. As 2019 comes to a close, Emily is working on an exhibition with published findings that will encompass the St Louis region and Mississippi watershed.
Temporal Cities began as a pop-up blanket fort interpretive center in Fox Park in St Louis Mo. Since its incarnation, pop-up blanket forts have occurred in partnership with various organizations throughout the St Louis region and at festivals throughout the country. An arm of this project, Temporal Cities: Benton Park, was a large-scale blanket fort festival happening for four years in partnership with Benton Park Neighborhood Association in St Louis. Temporal Cities is always on the lookout for new collaborators and partners.
CHEROKEE STREET ROOTS (St Louis, Missouri)
Much like the interconnected webs of its namesake, SPORE Project's incarnation was connected to 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.