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.
To connect with Amanda and see more of her work:
- Visit her website http://www.firestartershrines.com
- Follow her Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/firestarter.shrines
- Any updates on Amanda’s galleries and shows will be found on this page
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- Visit aSHEville Museum on Wall Street in downtown Asheville
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