"Listen to Your Heart" shrine by Amanda Heinz-Stevenson, Firestarter Shrines

LH010: Amanda Heinz-Stevenson – Firestarter Shrines

"Listen to Your Heart" shrine by Amanda Heinz-Stevenson, Firestarter Shrines
“Listen to Your Heart” shrine by Amanda Heinz-Stevenson, Firestarter Shrines

Asheville artist Amanda Heinz-Stevenson makes shrines in matchboxes, adding teeny objects and inspired messages that often call out to people who need to hear them.  They are frequently given as gifts and touch the recipient deeply.

Amanda works out of a shrine-like studio in her attic.  Even the care with which she chooses and stores her supplies reminds me of her tagline: “Bringing reverence to every day.”

In the intro, you will hear me talk about how Amanda was reluctant to be interviewed, due to her being shy by nature.   She didn’t know how well she would be able to present her art in an interview, so this conversation was conducted with the understanding that it was a practice run for me as an interviewer.  We decided to see how it went and air it later only if we both agreed to do so.

Based on the groundwork we had set for the interview, I was utterly unprepared to be dazzled, as I was, at how Amanda spoke from the heart and shared so deeply about what she is doing with her art!  And I have since attended a shrine making workshop with Amanda, which I would wholeheartedly recommend.  I will make announcements when she offers future workshops, which will usually be dedicated to making shrines about our ancestors.

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Amanda Heinz-Stevenson

To connect with Amanda and see more of her work:

Highlights of this interview include:

  • Amanda’s emphasis on how she is guided to create her shrines–and learn who she experiences as her collaborators
  • how these teeny shrines go out and do important work in the world–and how Amanda later gets to hear stories about the impact the shrines have on the people they land with
  • why make shrines?  and stories Amanda shares about how her work has influenced other to make shrines, too
Amanda Heinz-Stevenson in her studio
Amanda Heinz-Stevenson in her studio

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5 thoughts on “LH010: Amanda Heinz-Stevenson – Firestarter Shrines

  1. what a great interview! It really gave me a great appreciation for how Amanda’s art and art in general can connect with people in such a unique way.

    • Scott, I’m so glad you had a chance to listen to the interview and found value in it. Amanda’s quite the wonder, isn’t she? Thanks, too, for taking the time to leave your comment 🙂

  2. This interview really uplifted my spirit! Amanda, your ability to create such a powerful healing force in a tiny room using tiny paper boxes shows great spirit and creativity. Meredith, I enjoyed observing your earnest ability to add just the right comments to create an atmosphere of interest and involvement that make it easy for your presenter to share. I feel like I really was there spending a happy social hour visiting with two remarkable human beings.

    • Thank you so much for your wonderful comment, Erik, and I share your response to Amanda’s work. I really appreciate your kind words about the interview. Thanks so much much for listening and taking the time to comment.

  3. These are amazing creations. I just loved hearing the voice of the artist.

    I was looking at some art in boxes last night in a book called (are you ready?) ART in BOXES by Alex Mogelon and Norman Laliberté. (Leo Monahan recommended the book in one of his Level III classes.) Why do I say that? I think Amanda’s are worthy of publication.

    Thank you both.

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