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Monday, January 28, 2013

Coral & Tusk

The other day, I was browsing around the home shop John Derian, when I spotted this embroidered duck onesie. It was so intricate and beautiful in person, and I learned that it was hand-drawn and designed by Brooklyn designer Stephanie Housley of Coral & Tusk. She also makes embroidered pillows, aprons, tea towels and artwork. How gorgeous are they all?!

The video below gives a peek behind-the-scenes. "I identify with the fox a lot," says Stephanie. "He looks so cute and so funny...but he's also really sneaky." Find her online shop here, and watch a behind-the-scenes video here.

(Photos by Kate Lacey)

40 comments:

Shruti Kapoor said...

Yaaay for Brooklyn. What a great video. Love her work, so intricate and beautiful! Thank for sharing, will def. check out her stuff.

Miss Jojangles said...

Oh my goodness! that's possibly the most divine shop I've ever witnessed! Thank you so much for sharing = me browsing all day long now! :D

Miss Jojangles said...

Also, my name is Jo too! And you're blog made me realise that being called Joanna/Jo is super cool! X

Nomadic D. said...

What gorgeous stuff! I am dying over that fox pillow. Thanks (yet again) for introducing us to a great brand!

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Lauren Knight said...

I have seen her stuff before! I think Anthropologie was selling some of her stuffed toys around the holidays. They look amazing! Thanks for sharing the link! :) You always find the best stuff.

Chloe Moon said...

How cute her designs are!!! It reminds me of "The Amazing Mr. Fox"! =)

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Meghan said...

Ooo, I love those pillows!

Bakehouseblog said...

What a find! Just gorgeous

jm said...

That video was amazing. Her stuff is so beautiful. I loved the bear and the fox in their headdresses.

chaunceypants said...

I love her style. I'm also an embroidery artist, but I do everything by hand, which makes it impossible to make any kind of large quantity of items. I mostly do illustrations for magazines. You can check out my work on my agent's site:

http://www.larkworthy.com/artist_detail_2.php?ArtistID=4

Lejla said...

cute cute cute

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meg @ pureandsimpleblog said...

So lovely! I am loving foxes lately. I just bought a little white ceramic fox - the lady in the check-out line called it a 'cat statue' which totally cracked me up!

Alyssa said...

Coral & Tusk was just featured in Martha Stewart Living's February Issue!!

Erin said...

I'm so happy needlepoint is making a comeback! It's so darling.

Positively Bri said...

Oh my gosh, I love this! I love the little fox slippers, feathers, and little medals! How sweet and talented she is.

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jm said...

The bear portrait pillow (on the website) is my favorite. So sweet.

vanessa wade said...

Wow! So so so very cute!! Makes me want to have a little one, right now.
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avant garde design said...

too funny! i posted about coral & tusk today too! i saw them in the february issue of martha stewart living. i LOVE their product.

Jenna Lynne said...

Blown away! These are just amazing! I have a "woodland creature" bedroom theme and now I am just drooling over that fox pillow...

igotsapoodle said...

Stephanie's designed products are so lovely and whimsical. I first encountered them in the gift shop at the RISD Museum (she's an alum of RISD). There is something so wonderfully old-fashioned about the products for kids and babies especially!

lauren claire | rebuild (health + home) said...

Beautiful. I love simplicity and sophistication in design for children. I'm not sure who came along and decided that every toy needed to be made out of plastic in a garish (or pastel) color with a television character all over it. Also, the plush guys in a row on the shelf in the second picture made me think of Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr. Fox :)

I love her home goods too. And she has a beautiful work space.

Beauty Fashion Blogger in Seattle said...

interesting video. very cool that she loved animals from when she was a child, and now makes animal crafts.
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lisaathome said...

Really, really beautiful... especially the tea towels and baby items. Now if only either of those could be kept clean!

Fabianna (H.Finn Jewelry) said...

Those pillows are SO beautiful! Just stunning.

Liz said...

I'm loving this stuff. All the animals are so adorable.

camille said...

Does anyone else take offense to all the Native American imagery? I don't understand how designers can somehow make a cute, trendy theme out of a culture that our ancestors obliterated. Joanna, can you please think twice about showcasing a shop that rips off native culture and calls it hip?

In the Marginalia said...

Love these! I'm going to have to check out their etsy shop since I'm doing our first baby's nursery in foresty animals. :)

-Lexy

fancyalterego said...

These all look like they could have been plucked right out of a Wes Anderson movie...adorable and quirky in the best way! ~Heather P.

cortney said...

what a precious shop. i am really digging the arrows pillow and the animal artwork.
thanks for sharing.

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becksss said...

This is exactly what I thought as well...

Feme Sole said...

Thank you for bringing this up. Cultural appropriation is messed up and I wish more people were cognizant of it. I think it's the responsibility of all people not to do or say harmful things and this, while seemingly innocent and harmless, is damaging to Native peoples.

Here's a link with more information on appropriating from Native cultures, for those interested: http://nativeappropriations.com/2010/04/but-why-cant-i-wear-a-hipster-headdress.html

TubaTwo said...

Native appropriations is such an articulate website that addresses this issue. I'm so glad you brought this up.

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

Loved the video and that cute, sneaky fox.

Angela said...

Amen. Thanks for the link.

MB said...

YES! Thank you! Her craftsmanship and other designs are lovely, without having to rip off indigenous culture. Support an indigenous artist if you dig this look. Also consider what you are teaching your child when you decorate their room with animals playing dress-up with sacred items of other culture. Too bad, I'd otherwise be a customer.

camille said...

Thanks for the link, Feme Sole!

sugarskulls said...

Thank you for bringing this up! This is so important to share.

Sarah said...

Yes, absolutely! From a Native standpoint, this issue is so incredibly frustrating to me.

Carly Martin said...

So funny after your post on Coral & Tusk yesterday, I stumbled upon this new company, Girl and Graaf http://girlandgraaf.com.au/, featured on the Miss Moss blog (http://www.missmoss.co.za/). Girl and Graaf sells a few select items and one of them are Coral & Tusk's pillows. Gorgeous shop!

Finding Machine said...

I agree 100%, hasn't there been enough attention drawn to this issue online that it's pretty well known that native symbol appropriation is Not Cool? I'm surprised to see this endorsement here, and I kept waiting to hear where the artist's native heritage tied in. Sadly, it seems that's not the case. Also, does anyone find it ironic that she is using workshops in India to rip off Native American "Indian" symbols? For shame!

I am normally a fan of this blog, but I would never buy anything from Coral and Tusk, and I think that choosing to promote this shop is really ignorant and insensitive.

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