Here is the beautiful new collection of embroidered animals by Coral & Tusk! I’ve long admired the exquisite pieces that the Coral & Tusk owner/designer, Stephanie Housley (below) has been producing since 2007, when their Brooklyn based atelier first opened its doors.
A Rhode Island School of Design-trained textile designer, Stephanie first creates her quirky and personality filled characters and bold patterns as original pencil drawings before she painstakingly redraws them stitch by stitch using specialized software. Designs are machine-embroidered in workshops that Stephanie set up in India and are then finished by hand in her Brooklyn studio. Every Coral & Tusk product retains the hand-drawn allure of the original illustration, now with the satisfying tactile quality of stitches on cloth.
Her initial inspiration was the influence of the natural world during childhood trips to the Eastern seaboard – now Stephanie’s frequent travels for inspiration span the globe. Narratives spun from magical experiences, naive art, lesser-known histories, and natural artifacts collected from Wyoming to Nepal form the backbone of every collection.
I’m crazy about all her little critters with their own stories and unique personalities. Take a look at the whole collection of home decor which includes cushions, accessories, and even adorable trays on the Coral & Tusk Website.