Category Archives: Members

Kyla Alterman

Kyla Alterman

KLYA ALTERMAN

EMBER

What’s your story?

I grew up in Manhattan where my parents had my older brother and I constantly enrolled in some sort of arts activity. I started with chorus at the age of four and piano at five. Outside of my weekly music lessons I spent seven summers in Sweden, Maine at music camp where I explored the flute, singing, drums, and theater. Throughout high school and college I was involved in band, choruses, dance, musical theater, creative writing, and drawing. At the University of Delaware I majored in International Relations with a minor in Theater. I had the amazing opportunity to study steel pan (drums) in Trinidad and Tobago for five weeks and then continue playing for a year in Delaware Steel. Since college I’ve found it harder to flex my creative muscles the way I used to. I got much more into physical activities like running, yoga, and hiking and quickly saw my dedication to the arts fall away. Right now I am on a quest to reclaim my creative mojo.

When I look back on my International Relations studies I am disappointed that creative thinking was not a cornerstone of our curriculum. We need creativity now more than ever to reform and rebuild our social structure and policies. One of my favorite things to do is sit around with my partner, Martin, and our friends and re-imagine economic, political, and educational systems.

What do you make?

These days I mostly draw (nonsensical and/or nature-themed), making cards and t-shirts for my friends and family. Over the last few years I have developed a serious passion for cooking. I am a vegan and I love the creativity that comes with rethinking the food I grew up eating and making delicious, plant-based feasts. I love to come up with stories and games.

I sing in a chorus and try to sit myself down at the piano and learn a new song to sing along to now and then. I hope to get back into making jewelry with my mom, acting, dancing, playing in a band, and writing poetry and songs. I want to devote more time to drawing and exploring paint and color.

How did you get involved in Miranda’s Hearth?

I heard about Miranda’s Hearth through Hearth Ember Matt Pacewicz who I met through my free fitness community, November Project. I moved to the Boston area from NYC in September 2016 and was on the hunt for friends and stimulating community. I started attending Hearth dinners and Maker’s Mondays at the Artisan’s Asylum. I knew this would be the perfect community to hold myself accountable to my creative goals, help me learn and grow as a person, make me more confident in what and make, and feel welcomed in my new Boston home. I’m so excited by the possibilities this community can bring to my life and to the lives of Boston residents. I am fascinated by the power of local community and look forward to growing and strengthening the Hearth while examining what makes meaningful community and how can communities be leveraged into change-making.

 

Erin Gum

Erin Gum

ERIN GUM Member Dancer, Photographer, Artist What’s your story? I spent my childhood playing pretend in the woods of the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, learning how to notice and appreciate the little things from my dad and how to create a comfortable space for people from my mom. As foundational as my parents are in myContinue Reading

Matt Pacewicz

Matt Pacewicz

MATT PACEWICZ Member Educator at the Museum of Science What’s your Story? I lived all over the US as a child. I’ve only been in Massachusetts since my last year of high school, but it’s where I chose to be as an adult and it’s what I identify with as ‘where I’m from’. I’ve spentContinue Reading

Matthew Reese

Matthew Reese

MATTHEW REESE Member Aspiring philosopher, dancer, writer of some brand, folk musician What’s your story? My limited concertina and whistle skills unexpectedly propelled me into the New England folk community. Away from my home in the hills of East Tennessee, I found my unsettled-self playing music for my sister’s Morris team at a dance weekendContinue Reading

Nathaniel Bearg

Nathaniel Bearg

Nathaniel Bearg Member Glass-blower, dancer What’s your story? I was raised in historic Concord, Massachusetts by an actress and an engineer who built his own home. I enjoyed many afternoons and weekends helping my father with his carpentry projects around the house, which is where I started to get my experience with tools and creating.Continue Reading

Jaclyn Wood

Jaclyn Wood

Jaclyn Wood Member Baker, Maker, Painter 1.) What’s your story? I grew up in a cookie cutter suburban house in Manchester, NH. Having been raised with modesty and classic values college rocked my world. I was still the same old me that could get lost for hours alone with some art supplies, but another partContinue Reading

Kara Kulpa

Kara Kulpa

KARA KULPA Founding Member Musician What’s your story? I am a midwestern-native, Boston-based folk musician and multi-instrumentalist: Kara Kulpa.com. I have composed and played music for as long as I can remember. My mother likes to say “from the time she could climb up onto the piano bench by herself.” I only have vague memoriesContinue Reading

Robin Miller

Robin Miller

ROBIN MILLER Founding Member  Baker, Knitter, Brewer, Master of Science and Business What’s your story? I grew up as a navy brat, spending my childhood collecting shells along the beach and looking for elusive four-leaf clovers amidst the meadows of ever changing places. This sense of wonder, and wander, continues to follow me as I moveContinue Reading

Cory Allen Staats

Cory Allen Staats

CORY ALLEN STAATS Founding Member Musician What’s your story? I grew up first on California’s central coast. My family moved to the northeast when I was in high school and I’ve mostly stayed here since. I found a brochure for the “Summer Sax Weekend” at Berklee College of Music my junior year. After that IContinue Reading

Frank Kreimendahl

Frank Kreimendahl

FRANK KREIMENDAHL Founding Member Dancer, Jeweler, Dabbler What’s your story? I took a semester off from finishing my math degree and went to a guitar making school in British Columbia. When I was in Seattle, I decided I would bike up the coast to Vancouver. I acquired a bicycle on craigslist and set out. About 30 miles intoContinue Reading