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When Caroline Zucchero Hurley went to Bali with a bunch of art-school friends in 2011, she knew the island’s gorgeous colors would influence her abstract paintings. But the trip also ended up inspiring her in a completely unexpected way. “We had a craft table where we would gather every night, and I found myself making these block-printed textile things,” the 30-year-old says.

It turned out to be a perfect extension of the Memphis native’s particular brand of painting, and her textiles—think melon throws with black bars or crimson blankets with hot pink triangles, all made of super-absorbent Italian linen—are a lot like her abstract art: colorful, spare, and exuberant. “I teach pre-school part-time, and I’m really inspired by the projects we do in the classroom,” she explains. “It’s great because I come to the studio after work, and I’m in this really playful mood after throwing glitter around and cutting simple shapes all morning. It really puts me in the right mindset to do all my work.”

She also, by the way, makes pretty rad necklaces out of painted pasta and devotes some time to an indie film company she and her friends founded in Los Angeles. How does she keep up with it all? “I don’t really distinguish between my paintings and my products, my teaching and my art,” she says with a shrug. “It’s all about having fun and expressing yourself.” —raquel laneri


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    Make Yourself Right at Home in Caroline Z. Hurley’s West Village Apartment How’s this for insider access?Perk of having an architect sis? In addition to the ultimate Jenga teammate, you have someone down to do a home makeover—or at least that’s how it went for artist/designer Caroline Z. Hurley and her compact West Village pad. “The apartment has been in our family since 1990 when my oldest sister went to NYU. Both of my sisters have lived in this place at one time, and we had all been talking about renovating it since the beginning,” says Caroline, who turned to he... READ MORE »
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    Dive Into Caroline Z. Hurley's Amazing Paintings The artist-turned-designer talks us through four stellar works.Studio action!“I feel like I was throwing paint around out of the womb,” Caroline Z. Hurley jokes. Once she grew up a little, she studied painting at the Rhode Island School of Design and started exhibiting her work all over—New York City, Los Angeles, Rome, Memphis, you name it. Here, Caroline, who now has a namesake line of jewelry and textiles as well, tells about some of her key paintings. —raquel laneriPile of Laundry (2004)“... READ MORE »
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    How Caroline Z. Hurley Throws a Dinner Party Feel free to single white female her hosting style.Not only does the girl make downright amazing scarves, jewelry, and paintings, but Caroline Z. Hurley also throws a hell of a party—and in a tiny Manhattan studio no less. Here she gives us some advice on how to entertain, her way. —raquel laneriThe Food“I really love simple recipes—not only do they taste the best, but if the food is simple, I can enjoy my guests rather than stress over the cooking. I’ve done Mexican and Moroccan food, but I’... READ MORE »