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Block-Printed Textiles from a New York Painter

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jan 21, 2014 01:09 AM
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by Izabella Simmons last modified Jan 20, 2014

Artist Caroline Z. Hurley was first exposed to the art of block printing during a trip to Bali. Upon her return to New York City, she took her inspiration to another level and started block-printing Italian linen and other textiles. A RISD graduate and Memphis native, Hurley works as a part-time teacher and spends her evenings in her studio. She's quickly gained a following for her abstract paintings and vivid-colored linen throws, blankets, and napkins—all block printed by hand in her signature geometric patterns. Above: A collection of Hurley's Throw Blankets displayed on a set of coat hangers by Swedish blogger and designer Annaleena Karlsson.   Above:  The  Pick Up Sticks Linen Throw  is available in sherbet pink for $140 at Caroline Z Hurley. Above: Hurley offers linen napkins in a variety of hand-blocked patterns. The  Sticks Linen Napkins  (left) and the  Hannah Black on White Linen Napkins  (right) are both $60 for a set of four. N.B.: The napkins are a favorite of Domino magazine's editor-in-chief  Michelle Adams .   Above: The Heavy Weight Blanket in Trio Hannah Khaki  is made from 100-percent linen; it's $200 via Caroline Z Hurley and is also available at Spartan  in Austin, Texas. Above: A detail of the blanket shows the block-printed arrow pattern that Hurley creates by hand using non-toxic acrylic ink.   Above: The  Nenga Linen Throw  is made from a green-colored Italian linen and hand blocked in a diamond pattern; $140 from the Minimalist. Above: Caroline stands against her photo styling wall. For more of her work, including her paintings, go to Caroline Z Hurley . See other uses for linen in our recent posts:  High/Low: Linen Pendant Shades  and A New Line of Linen Inspired by Modernists . Thinking of trying block printing yourself? See our DIYS:  Block Printing: The Customized Tea Towel  and Three Fabric Printing Techniques, Rolling Pin Included .




 

 


 

 

 
 
 

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