Miranda Aisling (ash-lean)’s mission is to reconnect art to daily life, a mission you can see in her work as an interdisciplinary artist, community organizer, and entrepreneur.
In 2013, Aisling founded Miranda’s Hearth: a social enterprise dedicated to building a community through creativity that is approachable, affordable, and accessible. Currently, Miranda’s Hearth offers a monthly potluck, book club, dance night, makers night, writing night, and article discussion group in Greater Boston. Through these events, Aisling facilitates creative community building with over 1,000 people a year. Once a year, the Hearth hosts WhatIMake, a daylong celebration of local makers, and the BIG Tiny House Festival.
Aisling has worked in Concord, MA for over three and a half years as the Studio Arts Coordinator at The Umbrella Community Arts Center. She is the main contact for The Umbrella’s 55 resident artists and also coordinates studio arts events, gallery shows, and the BIG Art exhibit. Last year, Aisling and the community of Miranda’s Hearth built a tiny house as a public art project on the front lawn of The Umbrella. The tiny house, nicknamed Aubergine, is a prototype for the long-term goal of Miranda’s Hearth: to become the first community art hotel where everything from the food to the furniture is made by local artists.
In addition to her work building community through creativity, Aisling is a committed oil painter whose pieces focus on process, experimentation, and play. Her brightly colored canvases are rich in detail and thick with layers. In 2011, Aisling decided to push her artistic process to the next level by creating the canvas itself. A life-long amateur knitter, Aisling turned from scarves and blankets to knitted canvasses. Since then, she’s been developing a conversation on the surface of her artwork between the textures of the knitting and the patterns in the paint.