Category Archives: Miranda Writes

Why I Knit My Canvasses

Why I Knit My Canvasses

-written by Miranda Aisling I knitted my first canvas in early 2011. It was my final semester in college and I was deeply entrenched in creating a series of wall-size abstract oil paintings for my senior show. The first paintings for the show were stretched on traditional canvas but as my scale grew I realizedContinue Reading

Why You Should Pay For Art

Why You Should Pay For Art

Since I started my artistic career as an undergraduate studying painting and pottery, I have worked in a variety of artistic arenas.  I’ve made my way through museums, galleries, established and new art centers; farmer markets, craft fairs, and huge arts festivals.  During this time I have discovered to different expectations from the art world: Art should beContinue Reading

How to tell if a painting is finished

How to tell if a painting is finished

As I write this, I’m tucked in bed surrounded by eight paintings that span my artistic career up to this point.  An old college experiment that I still love, perhaps to spite the fact that my professor told me it wasn’t my strongest work.  A piece from my thesis exhibition next to a slightly strongerContinue Reading

A review: I thought it was just me (but it isn’t)

I first came across Brene Brown in 2011 through her now infamous TEDtalk, The power of vulnerability.  It struck a chord and in one of my late-night book-ordering binges (which was allowed when I was still a graduate student because it was all for “research”) I ordered Daring Greatly and I Thought It Was Just MeContinue Reading

Miranda’s Hearth goes to 193 Winthrop Ave, New Haven

Miranda’s Hearth goes to 193 Winthrop Ave, New Haven

The Yale School of Architecture’s First Year Building Project and NeighborWorks New Horizons have teamed up with Artspace and Guest Curator Elinor Slomba to present temporary and permanent artworks throughout the rooms and grounds of the newly constructed house at 193 Winthrop Ave in New Haven, CT. This space is open to the public duringContinue Reading

Riding the Rollercoaster

-written by Hearth Founder, Miranda Aisling This past week, while recovering from my second illness since Labor Day, I managed to cajole many a well-intentioned friend into the long-winded conversational introspection that serves as my primary form of processing. As an extrovert raised in a family of introverts, my favorite past time has always been aContinue Reading

The Stories behind #BlackLivesMatter

The Stories behind #BlackLivesMatter

As I was preparing today’s e-blast my mind was full of my upcoming projects and events and deadlines.  But as I began to put it together, all I could think about were the riots in Baltimore. I spent the past two days home sick, completely unaware of what was happening, curled up in bed reading AmericanahContinue Reading

The Importance of Wishing

The Importance of Wishing

-written by Hearth Founder, Miranda Aisling There are three things that I wish on whenever I notice them: 1.) The clock at 11:11 2.) A clementine peeled in one peel. 3.) A fallen eyelash Although, I am generally not a superstitious person, I’ve wished on each of these three things for as long as I can remember.Continue Reading

Why I Ask People What They Make

Why I Ask People What They Make

I was recently sent Debbie Chacra’s article, “Why I Am Not A Maker.”  Then I was sent it again, and again, and again. As the author of Don’t Make Art, Just Make Something, which was used to kick-off the #whatimake project, many of my friends were interested in my take on the article.  I mustContinue Reading

#WhatIMake: Space to Play

#WhatIMake: Space to Play

Getting adults to play can be like pulling teeth. We’ve been told for years to be more serious, to buckle down, to stop all that childishness. Because of this, we were dubious about hosting a Game Night at Miranda’s Hearth.  How would people react when we told them to get in a circle and throwContinue Reading