SIX QUESTIONS WITH SHAINA MOTE

DALLAS’ 1530 MAIN TALKS TO LA BASED DESIGNER, SHAINA MOTE

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California closet dreamin’.

California designer Shaina Mote’s Spring/Summer line is touching down in Texas this weekend a la TenOverSix. The designer is known for her neutral, seasonless pieces—which makes them ideal for Texas’ fashionable set since it seems to be eternally summer here. Stop by Saturday, June 25 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. to check it out for yourself.

WHO WOULD YOU DESCRIBE AS YOUR FASHION ICON OR INSPIRATION FOR YOUR THESE DESIGNS?

Spring/Summer 2016 takes inspiration from the place in between.  We focused on lucid and fluid shapes and materials with a palette inspired by colors in the sky when day becomes night.

WHY DO YOU CHOOSE TO DESIGN IN A NEUTRAL COLOR PALATE?

I believe in creating season-less designs that can be worn from year to year.  I think trend-based designs offer a momentary satisfaction but that more subtle, neutral colors can offer lasting relevance and wearability.

WHAT’S ONE THING WE’LL NEVER FIND IN YOUR CLOSET?

Loud prints or colors.

YOUR PIECES ARE PRODUCED IN LOS ANGELES. WHY DO YOU WANT TO HAVE “AMERICAN MADE” PRODUCTS?

I believe in supporting the local economy and helping local and family run businesses to grow.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE “MODERN WOMAN?” IS SHE DIFFERENT IN DIFFERENT CITIES?

Strong, independent, adventurous.  I think her style may vary a bit from city to city, but at the heart of the matter, her ideals and viewpoint are the defining, connecting factor.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE BRIGHT ACCESSORY TO PAIR WITH YOUR CLOTHING?

I am admittedly quite timid when it comes to color, but I have always been a fan of a pop of red.  Whether that be a lipstick shade or a leather ankle boot, I feel that this color brings excitement into a look.

If you’re in the Dallas area, don’t forget to stop by TENOVERSIX at the Joule Hotel!

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ALIKA COOPER, “UNKNOWN” SERIES IN DALLAS

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Series showing June 12th, 2016-August 15, 2016  at TenOverSix Dallas

We are proud to present Alika Cooper’s “Unknown” series which explores feminism in art in a male privileged world.  In this series, Cooper focuses on the back of models’ heads obscuring  their identities by not showing their faces.  The contours of their bodies are filled in with painted fabric.  She paints the fabric beforehand with various effects and collages the layers with a matte medium on wood panels.  She describes the process as similar to textile design that is intended for quilting.  “This is a comment on the way the quilters have a way of embracing a lack of authorship for their work.  The way the culture of quilting embraces the unseen labor, unclaimed authorship is uncanny.”

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Alika Cooper, a California native, is currently working in Los Angeles and St. Louis.  She has recently had solo exhibits in Los Angeles at the Actual Size gallery and the Night Gallery, Toronto at the MULHERIN gallery and in New York at the Tracy Williams, Ltd gallery.  Her work has also been exhibited at the Richard Telles Fine Art Gallery and LAXART in Los Angeles, the Robert Blumenthal Gallery in New York, and the Western Exhibitions gallery in Chicago.  In 2015, Cooper organized an exhibition, “MOTION PICTURE”, at the Study Room at the St. Louis Art Museum displaying a selection of the works of twenty photographers, plus selected books and ephemera from the library collection.  Most recently, Cooper was a panelist on Cheryl Donegan: Screening and Panel: Marjorie Keller’s “Daughters of Chaos” at the New Museum.  She is the recipient of a grant from the Rema Hort Mann Foundation.

Please call our Dallas location for any inquiries about Alika Cooper’s work at 214-261-4540. 

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BRAVE COLLECTION: MEET FOUNDER AND DESIGNER JESSICA HENDRICKS YEE

Braiding_Tex The Brave Collection is a line of jewelry handmade in Cambodia to support local artisans and fight human trafficking. The Collection creates talismans of strength and spirit with the belief that true Bravery comes from a reverence for the past, connectedness with the present, and commitment to the future. Each piece is handcrafted in Cambodia in a Collection that fuses contemporary design with ancient inspiration to spark dialog. The Signature Bracelet spells “Brave” in Khmer, the Cambodian alphabet.  10% of profits are donated to empower girls against human trafficking. Founder Jessica Hendricks made the 2016 Forbes 30 Under 30 List in the Retail & Ecommerce category, and was invited to the White House to witness President Obama’s speech celebrating “Emerging Global Entrepreneurs”.  #CourageIsContagious Jessica_Text How did the Brave Collection start? I traveled to Cambodia while teaching English in Thailand the summer after my sophomore year at NYU Tisch. I was fascinated by the idea of Angkor Wat – a city of ancient Buddhist and Hindu Temples. I fell in love with this magical, spiritualcountry and was so deeply saddened to learn that in the genocide in the 1970s, 90% of the artisan community was killed. This sparked the idea for Brave – a line of jewelry handmade in Cambodia to support local artisans and celebrate Brave women globally.

Can you tell us a little about your pieces? Our signature Bracelet spells “Brave” in Khmer, the Cambodian alphabet and was carved and woven by hand in Cambodia. We also have a charm that says “Limitless” in Khmer, as well as a motif inspired by the lines of the Buddhist Flag, which represents wisdom and compassion. Our necklace charms are in the shape of a water buffalo tooth, silhouette you often see in the architecture of the Buddhist temples in Cambodia. The shape represents a small piece of a greater whole.

What influenced you? I was so moved by my time in South East Asia and wanted desperately to find a way to share the incredible strength of the women I met. I thought about it for a long time but wasn’t quite sure how to activate this passion. I remember being on vacation with my family – relaxed enough to allow for deeper ideas to formulate –and I was thinking about my mother’s jewelry store, and the connection that her clients had to their jewelry. I realized jewelry could become a catalyst for the conversation I wanted to ignite.

Can you tell us about the community that produces the jewelry? We work with an amazing team of fair trade artisans in Cambodia. Mostly mothers, our team works in a free, fair and dignified work environment and receives far above average wages in addition to benefits like health insurance, stipends for their children’s education and paid maternity leave. The team has an incredible level of skill and craftsmanship, but when I met them, they had little access to a global customer, or design influences outside the sea of souvenirs in their own country. I love working with them because through this partnership we are helping to break the cycle of poverty, working with women who did not receive an education, but making sure their daughters are.

Why Cambodia? Cambodia is a country filled with such an incredible history of art and craftsmanship, and yet in modern day Cambodia, it can be tough to find even a gift for a friend back home that was actually handmade in Cambodia. There is so much potential in the emerging art and fashion space in Cambodia, but it is still very much developing and can greatly benefit from partners on the outside to help this new generation flourish.

What’s your favorite piece and why? My favorite place is our first piece, the True Red Brave Bracelet because it feels like an extension of the red strings the monks tie on your wrists to bless you when you are traveling through Cambodia. I love the idea of gaining strength and groundedness by something as simple as cotton on the wrist.

We heard you’re on the Forbes 30 under 30 list, congrats!  Do you have any advice for women out there trying to start their own company? Perseverance is key. It takes a lot longer than I realized to create a brand, a story, a product, and a following from scratch. Recognizing the value of each small step you make and remaining patient is so important!

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Limitless Campaign Image Please join us Thursday, April 28th, 2016 for a Spring shopping event with The Brave Collection & Designer Jessica Hendricks Yee. Join us to celebrate the launch of the Spring line from The Brave Collection, jewelry handmade in Cambodia to support local artisans, fight human trafficking, and champion global female bravery. With words from Founder and 2016 Forbes 30 Under 30 nominee, Jessica Hendricks Yee. Gifts under $100. 57pm.
RSVP: hello@thebravecollection.com
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WARD ROBERTS AT TENOVERSIX LA AND DALLAS

Ward Roberts is a conceptual artist who creates exquisitely composed photographs illustrating on themes such as loneliness and isolation in the modern world.

The artist’s perspective is fresh and engaging, the sophisticated aesthetic are often contradicted by subtle unscripted moments. A soft drenched color pallet is a common theme. There is an innate energy at the core of his work, one which is harnessed and marshaled into every detail in the composition. Roberts’ work is in many ways a rebuttal of the prevailing trend of urban, gritty style contemporary photography. There is a dichotomy at play in his fine art images which simultaneously recall the mastery of medium and calculated patience of remote academic painters, yet his subjects and presentation feel completely new and contemporary.

Ward is currently based in New York.

“The ‘Courts’ series is a tribute to Robert’s childhood spent in Hong Kong, playing outside with children of varying cultures. It was there he learnt that youth transcends language; that contradictions can be unifying. in his soulful photographs, the pastel hues contradict the hard, concrete composition. The cramped, vertical apartment blocks are pitted against vast, empty spaces. returning to a place with fondness can portend disappointment, and in this instance, the laughing children of Robert’s youth are nowhere to be seen. There is a sense of the lives of the new inhabitants being lived indoors, and memories fading.”

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Cartography

“Obfuscations of authentic selves in favor of labored constructions, ornate, multilayered representations of desired identities and the perceptions of these, serve as illustrative catalysts to ward Roberts’ latest photography excavation, cartography. Authored between 2012 and 2015, eight ethereal portraits, suffused throughout with Roberts’ synonymous pastel palette, examine that duality of visible and obscured selves, tangible and intangible constitutions, and concealed and explicit biographies, all within a deeper exploration of the ever-increasing ephemerality of self, in an aeon of ready digital manipulation, wanted avatars, and vacillating identities. Influenced by the chromatic works of light sculptor, James Turrell, anonymous 19th century photography depictions of ectoplasm, and the baroque chiaroscuros of the Italian renaissance, cartography pursues evolved conceptions and constructions of selves and the narratives enacted by such, all amidst attempting to restore that equilibrium and lucidity surrendered to mythopoeia, narcissism, and self-deception, conscious, and otherwise.”

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Ward’s Cartogrophy series will be available at TenOverSix Los Angeles, and the Courts series at TenOverSix Dallas.

All prints are framed and for sale.

 

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DUSEN DUSEN AT TENOVERSIX DALLAS

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Each season, the Dusen Dusen collection is developed and inspired by fine art, commercial and naive design, and the brain’s reaction to movement, color, and contrast. Come meet designer Ellen Van Dusen and shop her apparel and home goods Saturday, March 3rd from 3-6pm. RSVP with amanda@tenover6.com.
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LA – Walk on the Wild Side!

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Los Angeles is one of the few U.S cities where cougars, pumas & humans cohabitate. NWF & Santa Monica Mountains Fund are trying to raise money to build a Wildlife Crossing bridge for safe passage for wildlife, over the 101 freeway.

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One mountain lion specifically, P-22,  has made his way from Santa Monica Mountains to the Griffith Park Observatory area. He had to cross the 405 and the 101 freeways to get here! He’s not the first mountain lion to attempt this journey, but he’s one of a few that has survived. P-22 is now pretty much isolated by our freeways, with no chance at finding a mate. It’s highly unlikely that a mate could find her way across those same highways. He is currently being tracked by the Park Service biologists.

Making this safe passage would prevent isolations such as P-22’s, and offer a way to preserve the Los Angeles ecosystem.

Get involved and donate!

Just look at this blue eyed cougar cub!

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Watch the 60 minute special for more details.

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TENOVERSIX MANAGERS’ HOLIDAY PICKS


We know that gift giving can be a difficult task for everyone, so we’ve compiled a list of gifts with the TenOverSix managers to help you through the holidays.  And just so you guys know, they are all really good at gift giving.  We’re also extending our store hours in Los Angeles starting Wednesday, 12/16-12/23 from 11-7.  Feel free to call or e-mail us for ideas and gift selecting help!

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“I love gift giving and surprising my friends and family with my finds.  My favorite part is searching for gifts that they would never buy for themselves, but I know they will love.  This year I was on top of my game and got all my shopping done early.  Now I can enjoy this season stress free!” – Natalie Daugherty, Los Angeles Store Manager

Marlow Goods Tall Leather Tote, for my mom who is always on the hunt for the perfect tote. I think I finally found it.
Marlow Goods Tall Leather Tote, for my mom who is always on the hunt for the perfect tote. I think I finally found it.
Native Union Switch Speaker, for my dad so he can bump his jams in style.
Native Union Switch Speaker, for my dad so he can bump his jams in style.
Anndra Neen Sky Blue Micro iPhone Case for my Sister who will now officially be the coolest girl in school.
Anndra Neen Sky Blue Micro iPhone Case for my Sister who will now officially be the coolest girl in school.
Lynn & Lawrence Alpaca Beanie to keep my kid brother’s head warm during those Oklahoma winters.
Lynn & Lawrence Alpaca Beanie to keep my kid brother’s head warm during those Oklahoma winters.
Fort Standard Hexagon Trivet Green for my bestie who is forever entertaining.
Fort Standard Hexagon Trivet Green for my bestie who is forever entertaining.
Beard Buddy Beard Oil for my best dude friend who needs a little help in he beard maintenance department.
Beard Buddy Beard Oil for my best dude friend who needs a little help in he beard maintenance department.

 

 

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“I usually don’t get gifts for anyone, but this year, I am using my savings to surprise my colleagues with goodies from the shop.  Just in case they refuse my gifts, I specially chose gifts I like for myself too. 😉 A little tip for you this holiday season.” – Lisa Cole, Web Manager

Cute cherry red Marais Jardin sandals, for my pal and colleague, Megan Mah. This girl likes.to.shop! This is literally the only pair of marais she doesn’t own.
Cute cherry red Marais Jardin sandals, for my pal and colleague, Megan Mah. This girl likes.to.shop! This is literally the only pair of marais she doesn’t own.
Areaware Bottle Opener, the perfect gift for the big drinker in your family! This one is for my friend and boss Joe Cole, who is always up for a drink.
Areaware Bottle Opener, the perfect gift for the big drinker in your family! This one is for my friend and boss Joe Cole, who is always up for a drink.
Ben Medansky Soleri Cup. I'm getting this mug for my friend and bossy boss lady Brady Cunningham. What do you get for the person who has everything they want? A mug. A mug that you can't really use comfortably for drinking, but luckily doubles as a cool sculpture.
Ben Medansky Soleri Cup. I’m getting this mug for my friend and bossy boss lady Brady Cunningham. What do you get for the person who has everything they want? A mug. A mug that you can’t really use comfortably for drinking, but luckily doubles as a cool sculpture.
Still Life Album: it’s a great book for your photography and art obsessed pal! This one is for my other boss lady and friend Kristen Cole. It’ll go great with the thousands of art books you already own.
Still Life Album: it’s a great book for your photography and art obsessed pal! This one is for my other boss lady and friend Kristen Cole. It’ll go great with the thousands of art books you already own.
Native Union Marble Phone Case: is for my husband and colleague. he doesn’t want anything ever, so this is another thing he doesn’t want or need, but i like it and i will be happy seeing it on his phone. He will have no choice but to use it.
Native Union Marble Phone Case: is for my husband and colleague. he doesn’t want anything ever, so this is another thing he doesn’t want or need, but i like it and i will be happy seeing it on his phone. He will have no choice but to use it.
Marlowe Goods Mini Britten Bag: for my buddy, office mate and “boss,” Natalie Daugherty. I just feel like she could use a little pop of color in her wardrobe…and plus if she doesn’t want it, i’ll take it. :)
Marlowe Goods Mini Britten Bag: for my buddy, office mate and “boss,” Natalie Daugherty. I just feel like she could use a little pop of color in her wardrobe…and plus if she doesn’t want it, i’ll take it. :)

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“My mom and I always meet up before the holidays to help our gift ideas come together.  We love to write on cute paper and put our heads together.” – Amanda Reed, Dallas Store Manager

Kinfolk Table cookbook for my mom who is always looking for new ways to keep traditions alive around the table.
Kinfolk Table cookbook for my mom who is always looking for new ways to keep traditions alive around the table.
Kara Stowaway Bag. This one is for my friend, Megan who has needed the perfect black crossbody bag for going out since we met.
Lake and Syke Jasmine water, I always get my sister some type of smell good beauty item. I know she will love this one!
Lake and Syke Jasmine water, I always get my sister some type of smell good beauty item. I know she will love this one!
Eric Trine incense burner in mint. Just in case I am invited to a White Elephant party, I can steal this one back.
Eric Trine incense burner in mint. Just in case I am invited to a White Elephant party, I can steal this one back.
Deer Dana Free Tilly tee for my vegetarian, animal loving friends that care.
Deer Dana Free Tilly tee for my vegetarian, animal loving friends that care.

 

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“This is my favorite time of year ’cause I’m a sap and gift giving is like a fun game for me.  My mom has actually put me in charge of buying all the gifts at this point since I’ve become so good at it or at least she thinks so.” – Megan Mah, Los Angeles Manager

Found My Animal Leash & Collar in purple ombre. This is for my parents dog, Violet. This color perfect because she only wears her signature color, violet.
Found My Animal Leash & Collar in purple ombre. This is for my parents dog, Violet. This color is perfect because she only wears her signature color, violet.
Maryam Nassir Zadeh Liliy Loafer, for my mom who is always on her feet for work and likes to steal my shoes every time I visit her.
Maryam Nassir Zadeh Liliy Loafer, for my mom who is always on her feet for work and likes to steal my shoes every time I visit her.
Areaware Cast Iron Menorah, for my husband who is always complaining about his menorah that's from Bed, Bath, & Beyond.
Areaware Cast Iron Menorah, for my husband who is always complaining about his menorah that’s from Bed, Bath, & Beyond.
Cold Picnic Boobs Bathmat for my dog, Kirby. He's in love with this bathmat, and always goes for it when he comes to work with me. He's a boob guy, I guess.
Cold Picnic Boobs Bathmat for my dog, Kirby. He’s in love with this bathmat, and always goes for it when he comes to work with me. He’s a boob guy, I guess.
Dick Taylor Hot Chocolate and Recreation Center mug as my white elephant gift. Who doesn't like chocolate and a cute mug?
Dick Taylor Hot Chocolate and Recreation Center mug as my white elephant gift. Who doesn’t like chocolate and a cute mug?
Misha & Puff Day Hike Booties. This is for my good friend who is having her second baby on the 23rd of December!
Misha & Puff Day Hike Booties. This is for my good friend who is having her second baby on the 23rd of December!

 

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INTRODUCING: TETRA

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Tetra shop is dedicated to elevating the aesthetics of the smoking experience.  They specialize in designer smoking objects like pipes, ashtrays, and lighters as well as other unique tchotchkes. Tetra is founded by Monica Khemsurov, Eviana Hartman, and Su Wu.  We talked to co-founder, Monica Khemsurov about Tetra and also got to know a thing or two about this smokin’ lady.

How did Tetra start?

Tetra started when myself and my two co-founders, Eviana Hartman and Su Wu, were at El Matador beach in Los Angeles last winter and were talking about life and how we all felt like we needed a new project to focus on. I had been interested, from a business angle, in finding a way into the smoking world for a couple years prior, because the industry had begun to boom, and the idea just came to me all the sudden — being with Eviana and Su, both of whom are amazing aesthetes with incredible curatorial sensibilities, inspired me and it all just came together in a serendipitous moment.

What did you do before Tetra?

I am a longtime design journalist and the co-founder of the online magazine Sight Unseen. Eviana is also a longtime magazine editor and formerly founded the sustainable clothing line Bodkin. Su is a journalist as well but also a stylist and curator of objects. Which made for a handy network of incredible fashion and design contacts to draw on when we were putting together our collection.

What is the concept behind Tetra?

To elevate the aesthetics of smoking. We do that by commissioning and curating beautifully designed smoking accessories — the market for which, prior to us, left quite a lot to be desired.

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How do you find such special things? Can you tell us a little about the curation?

Most of our special things didn’t exist before we started. Some are existing objects we chose from existing lines, like Tom Dixon and Tsubota Pearl, but most we commissioned from standout designers we’d known or worked with in the past. We just went out to them and gave them a brief with suggested typologies (table lighter, ashtray, snuff box, pipe, etc), and they worked their magic for us. Since we launched two months ago, we’ve also had people who had smoking items in development seek us out as well.

What inspires you?

In commissioning work for Tetra we find a lot of inspiration in materials — like marble, or patinated metals — and also in mid-century design. It was a time when cigarette smoking wasn’t yet stigmatized, so you had all these amazing iconic talents like Dieter Rams and Marianne Brandt and Poul Kjaerholm applying their sophisticated eye to smoking accessories; by the 90s all that attention to aesthetics had totally disappeared. With the new industry and new rituals around smoking these days, we saw an opportunity to bring that back.

What are some of your favorite pieces that you carry?

I don’t know about my favorites, but some of the most interesting pieces, story wise, include Joe Doucet’s $2,000 Fetish Ashtray, which is plated in 24-carat gold, or the amazing sculptural ceramic Rolling Tray by Matthias Kaiser, which is this objet d’art that also has this unique function. Jonathan Cross has also made some pretty intense, Brutalist-style stoneware boxes and incense burners, and Katie Stout and Sean Gerstley have done us the honor of adapting a hand-formed ceramic technique they used in a series of lamps for Johnson Trading Gallery in New York to create smoking items for us.

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Who are you?

A girl from the boring suburbs of Ohio who fought my way into an amazing life.

Whats your sign?

Taurus

I’m from…

Columbus, Ohio, a city with legendary thrift stores.

My first job was…

A nanny, in high school.  Or professionally speaking, a fact checker at New York Magazine.

My favorite color…

Fantasy: iridescent opal.  Reality: black.

My favorite song…

All time: No idea.  Right now: Down on Love by Cannons.  Karaoke: Criminal by Fiona Apple.

I can’t live without…

Spotify.

The last thing I ate…

Was za’atar hummus from Gjusta on Mary’s Gone Crackers.

My favorite food…

Popcorn.  Often in lieu of dinner.

I like to collect…

Weird little sculptures displayed on stands.

I’m reading…

The My Struggle series by Karl Ove Knausgaard.  And the New Yorker, perpetually.

I love to say…

Fuck it.

Pets…

None.  Wish I had a dog but I travel too much.  Spiders?  I try to never kill them in my apartment in case they’re eating other, yuckier bugs.

My dream job is…

Pop star.  But I have zero stage presence.

The best thing in the world is…

Watching a movie under a blanket with someone you love.  Errr…Basically Netflix and chill.

The last thing I bought…

Food: a kale salad.  Not food: A beautiful bar of charcoal soap from Coming Soon in New York.

The best decision I ever made…

Movie to New York.

The best thing about TENOVERSIX…

The jewelry.

I’m addicted to…

The TV show Nashville.

True love…

French fries.

My best friend…

Loves me unconditionally.

Best advice…

Pay more attention to giving love than getting it.  And always assume that those you do love are behaving with good intentions.  Even when you feel like punching them in the face.

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TENOVERSIX OWNERS KRISTEN & BRADY SHARE THEIR HOLIDAY PICKS

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“I always like to look for those special extras, the luxurious, the unnecessary, and the inspired… the things we don’t always buy ourselves, but love.  With discipline, I’ve made a habit of shopping early. I’ll probably do all of mine next week. It takes the pressure off, I enjoy it more, and I don’t end up buying those last-minute, not-so-thoughtful rush gifts.”

-Kristen Lee Cole, Creative Director/Head Buyer

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Magda Sayeg Knitted Yoga Ball for my son’s colorful and soft room. It’s so hard to choose which color!
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Magda Sayeg Knitta Keychain perfect for my very smart friend who’s somehow always losing her keys.
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Ben Medansky Mir Incense Burner for host gifts/holiday parties.

 

 

 

CHIAOZZA Lump Nubbins
Lump Nubbins for close friends with a good sense of humor.
JOHN STEZAKER, FILM STILLS for my husband, who likes piles of books around.
John Stezaker, Film Stills for my husband, who likes piles of books around.
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Hamish Robertson Jake’s Progress small framed archival print photography for my brother in NY.
Namche Bazaar long jacquard sweater for my mother, an easy winter coat for Florida.
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This Moose Belongs To Me, for my son, Jack.

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“I don’t really believe in gift giving just for the sake of it, so unless I find the right item, I won’t buy something. Instead I will write a card or print a personal photo. 
On the flip side, I love giving someone something I know they’ll be excited by- and more importantly that they can use. My favorite gifts are surprising but functional- so that’s what I aspire to when shopping for the people I love.”

– Brady Cunningham, Art & Design Director

Marta Pia Casserole dish for my mom who is the best cook I know.
Marta Pia Casserole dish for my mom who is the best cook I know.
Creatures of Comfort Saddle Bag in Natural for my husband to give to me (I’ll act surprised).
Creatures of Comfort Saddle Bag in Natural for my husband to give to me (I’ll act surprised).
Coral & Tusk Stocking for my daughters Marlowe and Oona who have been deprived stockings till now.
Coral & Tusk Stocking for my daughters Marlowe and Oona who have been deprived of stockings till now.
Ito Bindery for my husband who can never have too many notepads.
Ito Bindery for my husband who can never have too many notepads.
PACO Tote for my sister-in-laws who are still using the beach bags I gave them for Christmas 10 years ago.
PACO Tote for my sister-in-laws who are still using the beach bags I gave them for Christmas 10 years ago.
L&G Mini Chime for all my friends who have everything (but L&G chimes).
L&G Mini Chime for all my friends who have everything (but L&G chimes).
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INTRODUCING: MAGDA SAYEG, Mother Of The Yarn Bomb

MAGDA-SAYEG

Magda Sayeg is a textile artist who lives and works in Austin, Texas.  Her work began as a way to take her knitting out onto the streets, starting a textile graffiti revolution.  She has been credited with being the mother of the yarn bombing movement. Magda’s Spyrographs, Yoga Balls, Knitted Coasters and Keychains available for sale at TenOverSix LA and Dallas.

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Where are you from?

I was born and raised in Houston but also spent time in France during my high school years.

Have you always been creating art? 

I didn’t consciously choose art, but I always wanted to work in a creative field – that may have meant baking and cooking to designing clothes…. and now working with this medium.

What made you start knitting? 

I first started in high school when I wanted to make a scarf for a boyfriend I had  –  we broke up before I finished it so I didn’t really think about it until I started it years later.

Where did you get the idea to start yarn bombing public spaces? 

I started with the door handle to my clothing shop and witnessed a surprisingly strong reaction by people who passed by. It intrigued me, so I wanted to see what the reaction would be to wrap something outside of my world and in the public space. The reaction was even stronger. It made sense at the time to keep exploring this. Clearly I was developing a passion here-everything was new back then … covering a tree seemed like a really cool idea 10 years ago….or a park bench, fire hydrant, etc.

What did you start putting knitted art installations in places where they don’t “belong?”

That’s what intrigued me – that was the premise to me – “where does this NOT belong?”  I was drawn to places where knitting didn’t have a place. It was interesting to see where this material could coexist. In most cases, something sort of magical happened… it made the object or surface come to life in a way that didn’t exist before.

How does color play a role in your pieces? 

Clearly color is essential and plays a major role in my work. Color just makes sense, because usually the objects or surfaces I am covering are lacking in color …..or at least bright colors. This allowed me to get “Dr Seuss”  with color and pattern and even form.

Do you think your work is helping to modernize knitting and crocheting? 

Clearly this form of street art is recognized globally now. One can stumble upon a wrapped stop sign pole almost anywhere in the world.  Do I think I’ve modernized it? I think the reason why people respond to the work is because it’s taking knitting out of its domestic environment and doing something somewhat rebellious with it. I think anyone who has an unconventional approach to craft is hard to ignore. It’s been described as subversive in that it falls outside the expectations of what people believe knitting is for. In most cases, it is to keep you or your loved ones warm. My knitting goes beyond function. I’m not making pullovers-I’m wrapping city busses with it.

What is the largest piece you have ever done? 

Pieces started to compete with each other. The scope of work always seems to be insurmountable at first but exciting as well.  For instance, the  6 story column in Dover Street Market NYC for Comme de Garcons was equally challenging to the double decker bus in London. But it’s not a matter of size — some of the smallest pieces can have the most meaning and impact.

What do you want people to know about your work?

I come from the thinking that I want people to assess it on his/her own. I’m not the kind of artist who feels like I need to explain the concept or mission. Although I do enjoy speaking about my work in an academic setting, I also see no need to explain to a 5 year old that “you’re smiling because of this reason.” I want people to enjoy it or not to enjoy it, and both reactions are valid.  My work allows for people to enter into a dialog they otherwise wouldn’t have with their surroundings. It enhances the ordinary in everyday life. When people engage with this change unexpectedly, I feel like I have done something right.

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