Coral & Tusk’s studio in Brooklyn does double duty as a showroom. Coral & Tusk, the name chosen to represent auspicious elements of land and sea, is a whimsical range of embroidered textiles. Characters are created each season, and their stories are threaded throughout different products. There are pillows, artwork, table runners, and napkins, all united by a flax linen base cloth. Detailed stories are related, and tiny animals pop out of pillows. Open to the public Monday through Friday, it is a wonderful opportunity to glimpse a behind the scenes look at the process of Coral & Tusk. The full range is artfully displayed at one end of the loft, whilst the Coral & Tusk team is busy designing and hand finishing products in the studio area.
Stephanie Housley’s embroidered textile business started as a hobby in 2008. A RISD textile design graduate, she was on a month long work trip to India when she embarked on a handmade Memory Game project. Stephanie was hand embroidering the alphabet, but by the time she reached the letter ‘M’ she realized it was taking too long. She invested in a state of the art embroidery machine to complete the project. To defray the cost of the machine she started selling baby onesies and artwork at The Brooklyn Flea and local shops. The demand for her work outpaced what she could supply so she turned to her contacts to find an embroidery source in India. Stephanie hand draws each design, marks all stitches and makes the first prototype. Inspired by nature and habitats, she likes to create characters, and embellish their stories. She loves to travel, is inspired by different cultures and their traditions of ornament. Stephanie loves the outdoors. Her latest project is a cabin in Wyoming, where she plans to spend time with her husband, and Paco, her constant canine companion.
On her work
“Drawing is my passion. Embroidering these drawings makes them come to life.”
253 36th Street, Brooklyn NY