Thursday, March 21, 2013

Designer Spotlight: Coral and Tusk

Coral and Tusk was founded in 2007 by Stephanie Housley and her husband Chris Lacinak. The name came from her love of beautiful objects found in nature. She also loves how the name coral and tusk represents both sea and land. Stephanie was trained at RISD in textile design and has a wealth of knowledge in textiles and art.  

Stephanie is inspired by her travels. She has been influenced by the colors and lifestyle of the American west, Himalayas and India. She has a special fondness for animals- especially the owl and the fox.  She grew up as an only child and felt that she had a connection to animals. She identifies with them. She finds them funny and loves the way they interact with each other. She often finds herself imagining what they would wear if they had clothes or how they would accessorize themselves! You can see these influences in her work. Her images are both beautiful and witty at the same time. She hand draws everything and then that design is created, stitch by stitch on the computer with extremely detailed specifications that she sends to India. Some of the embroidery is done there and then it is all hand finished in their Brooklyn office. Coral and Tusk is simply a wonderful company and we are just so inspired by her art. We've selected a group of our favorite framed pieces. Each one is embroidered on 100% linen and is framed in a white frame. We think some of these will look perfect in a child's room or in an old home. However, the simplicity of the white frame makes them perfect for a modern home too. Featured in Martha Stewart Living, Country Living, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and some well-known blogs such as Design Sponge and A Cup Of Joe. They are a force to be reckoned with and we are looking forward to seeing more beautiful works of art come from their gorgeous Brooklyn office.

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