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Day 3 art Basel Miami

 
12-08-2014By: Woven Accents Antique Rug Dealer
 
Day 3 art Basel Miami
In the middle of my time here at Art Basel I started to think about what being here means to me.  To some people it is about the parties, to others itís the VIP passes, but for me itís about the art.  I have come to depend on it, art I mean, to fill me with inspiration, point me in the right direction, and teach me something about myself that I did not already know.
 

 
Itís a big responsibility, the duties I have placed on art, and as with life it can sometimes be disappointing, and feel inauthentic, like it trying to live in someone elseís skin. But most of the time I find it brave, like a mirror that reflects the vulnerable spot from which the work was made.  Itís tender; itís jarring, and sometimes uncomfortable.  Itís bits of life captures in a tiny drawing, words stenciled on the sidewalk, and a photograph of watermelon.
 

 
I canít really explain the feeling I get from looking at art. Itís like falling in love and having my heart broken at the same time.  And the more I do it, the more I want to do it. Even though it hurts it fills me up at the same time, and gives me the courage to go to the vulnerable place required to make great work.
 

 

 

 
 
 
 

 
 
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Day 2 Art Basel Miami

 
12-08-2014By: Woven Accents Antique Rug Dealer
 
Day 2 Art Basel Miami
After a good nightís sleep I wake up excited and ready to see something inspiring.  I decide to start my day at Design Miami, a small well curated show that almost makes me weep, every installation is so beautiful.
 

 
Booths by Peter Marino, Fendi, and Zaha Hadid line the entryway. There are limited edition works made with Swarovski Crystals, clocks with hands that dance between minutes of telling the time, and a booth with walls and furniture that seem to blend together.  I end the afternoon feeling replenished and full just as I do after 
eating a great meal, but there is still so much for to see.
 

 
AT 7:05 the rain begins, and since we have not had rain in LA for what feels like over a year, I no longer own an umbrella.  I text my friend John, ďitís pouring.  Oh wait no itís not.  Oh no, it pouring again.Ē  Yes this is how quickly the rain stops and starts here. I dash out the door when I see the next break in the clouds and pray the rain 
holds off.
 

 
The ground is wet when I arrive at the pool area of The Ritz Carlton, and the mood is tense.  The women dressed in Louboutins and silk dresses do not want to see it rain anymore than I do.  The lights go down, the music begins to play and the performance piece by Ryan Heffington begins.  Itís a tragic love story told through video and dance. Everyoneís phones are pointing at the performers and I have trouble deciding whether to capture an image of this piece that will only last a few minutes, or allow myself to be truly present and just take it in.
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
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Day 1 Art Basel Miami

 
12-04-2014By: Ginna Christensen, Creative Director
 
Day 1 Art Basel Miami
After a long night of travel, I finally arrived in Miami at 11am, and the second the tropical air hit my skin I am reminded all of the things I love about Miami this time of year, the sound of foreign languages filling the air, the threat of a late afternoon thunder shower, and art that has been put everywhere.
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Spark The Imagination - Celebrating The Place Where Ideas Are Born

 
10-28-2014By: Ginna Christensen
 
Spark The Imagination - Celebrating The Place Where Ideas Are Born
Last week we launched our latest window installation Spark the Imagination with the help of Mat Sanders and Brandon Quattrone of Consort Design, and throughout the process of planning, brainstorming, and installing, I've been thinking a lot about what sparks my own imagination.
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Innovation Week

 
10-28-2014
 
Innovation Week
Our Creative Director, Ginna Christensen, represented us during LA's Innovation Week earlier this month. Here is what she had to say about what the word innovation means to her...
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Spark The Imagination

 
10-21-2014
 

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Modern Marrakech, Reimagined and Authentically Moroccan

 
09-16-2014By: Woven Accents Antique Rug Dealer
 



 

New at Woven Accents, the Modern Marrakech Collection captures the organic whimsy and childlike quality found in vintage Moroccan design reimagined in a larger scale for the modern interior.

Ranging in sizes from 9x12 to 14x20, the result of tireless work by artisanal weavers, these pieces possess a natural abrash that lends a sense of wisdom while invoking the imagination with a one-of-a-kind feel.


 

        

 

        

 

        

 

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Break The Mold: A Collaboration Celebrating Bravery

 
07-22-2014By: Ginna Christensen
 
Break The Mold: A Collaboration Celebrating Bravery
Break the Mold, a collaboration celebrating bravery in design, is the fourth exhibition in our Changing the Conversation series of collaborative window installations, and the first to involve more than one member of the art and design community.
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Introducing the Shapes Collection

 
07-07-2014By: Woven Accents Antique Rug Dealer
 
Introducing the Shapes Collection
A collaboration between maison21 and 27 Ground for Woven Accents, the Shapes Collection of pieced cowhide rugs was inspired by Christian May of maison21’s life-long love of strong geometric shapes in cubism, brutalism, and hard-edge abstraction.
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Meet the Artist, Break the Mold

 
06-13-2014By: Tanya Nolan
 
Meet the Artist, Break the Mold
I’m not the greatest at writing these things, mainly because I think in moods, shapes, colors, and feelings. Words are just translation. I’ve had many epiphanies leading me to this point as an artist, each one with its own story. Thinking back, though, there is a moment when I realized how much I love art and wanted a creative life.
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Woven Accents Presents BREAK THE MOLD: A Collaboration Celebrating Bravery in Design

 
06-10-2014By: Woven Accents Antique Rug Dealer
 
Woven Accents Presents BREAK THE MOLD: A Collaboration Celebrating Bravery in Design
Our Changing the Conversation series continues as we play host to this year’s LA Design Festival closing party. In celebration of the design festival’s fourth year, we wanted to create a concept for both the party and the window that would celebrate different modalities of design and challenge the status quo while spreading bravery.
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My Story by Krista Blair

 
05-30-2014By: Krista Blair
 
My Story by Krista Blair
I remember years ago hearing that old adage "Love what you do and the rest will come." The thing is though, loving what you do, what you're good at...it can take time, sometimes years, to figure out what that is. A big part of my story has been travel.
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Woven Accents Headed to NYC for ICFF

 
05-28-2014By: Woven Accents Antique Rug Dealer
 
Woven Accents Headed to NYC for ICFF
As newcomers on the ICFF scene, we at Woven Accents couldn't have had a better experience. To be surrounded by like-minded individuals and such creativity for those four days was quite an inspiration. We want to extend a big thank you to all of you who visited us at our booth and who helped make our trip such a positive one.
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Denise McGaha on Finding Her Passion in Interiors

 
05-27-2014By: Denise McGaha
 
Denise McGaha on Finding Her Passion in Interiors
One morning in 2011, I stood there with a three-month old baby on my hip and the world before me. Just three months after my son was born and three months after 9/11, my life changed forever. Living in Dallas, my once fabulous corporate career was no longer, and I had a new baby and a different view of life.
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My Story, My Journey: The Collaborator

 
05-13-2014By: Amy Che'rie
 
My Story, My Journey: The Collaborator
As long as I can remember, I have been drawn to art and collaborating with others. In fact, I was nine years old when I first heard the word "collaboration." I liked the way it rolled off my tongue. More importantly, I liked the idea of co-creating with others. Karen Ray, author of The Nimble Collaboration, describes collaboration as a "mutually beneficial and well-defined relationship entered into by two or more [persons] to achieve results they are more likely to achieve together, than alone."
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