Category Archives: Miranda Writes

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

Learning to Destroy

Learning to Destroy

Last Friday I welcomed ten odd artists into my apartment.  They arrived haphazardly; bundled against the cold and toting food to share and art to consider.  They were all members of the Boston Critique Group whose monthly meetings I have sporadically attended since I crossed paths with the founder, Katherine Vetne, over two years ago. OverContinue Reading

How to Face the First Class

How to Face the First Class

Recently I’ve gotten into a few fascinating discussions with strangers about their chosen specialties.  Most memorably they are in scientific fields that, mere seconds into the conversation, starts to feel like another language thanks to my years submerged in the arts.  See, at this point most of the people I know have five, seven, ten plus yearsContinue Reading

Handmade for the Holidays

Handmade for the Holidays

Much as we might not want to think about it, the bite in the air this morning is undeniable proof that the cold season is on its way.  Thankfully, that also means that it’s almost time for the holidays! I have always been one of those obnoxiously cheerful people when it comes to the holidays.  CuddlingContinue Reading

The Vulnerability of Creativity

The Vulnerability of Creativity

Every time we create something, we take a risk.  Not just whether it’s going to look good or sound good. When we create something we are exposing who we are.  Even scarier, we are exposing who we want to be, but aren’t yet. Artists, writers, musicians, we all do it in our own ways.  WeContinue Reading

Applying Backwards Design to Creativity Training

I’ve been trying all week to write a blog post for the Creativity Training Program to keep my promise of weekly updates, but nothing has come.  I hand wrote an entire piece only to sit down, try to type it, and realize it was awful.  It wasn’t until I was talking to my sister (whoContinue Reading

The Creativity Training Program, Take Two

The Creativity Training Program, Take Two

Two years ago, in the summer of 2012, I was just starting to think about what my master’s thesis would be.  I was halfway through Lesley University’s community art program, submerged in writing by Sir Ken Robinson, Daniel Pink, Tina Seelig, and John Maeda and enamored with their concepts of art, community, creativity, and whatContinue Reading