The newest collection from Schumacher Fabric comes from a Brooklyn based artist, Caroline Z Hurley. This talented young individual started off as a full time preschool teacher in New York. It wasn’t until she took a trip to Indonesia it changed everything.
I was block printing in my studio and started incorporating these pieces into my paintings. I began making a couple block-printed pieces for my home and sharing them with friends and family. Later, a shop reached out to me.
Hurley’s collection with the brand is composed of thoughtful and artistic geometric simplicity. She uses pops of color to create interest and meaning within these symbolic patterns.
Patterns within Caroline Z Hurley Collection:
Cedar Tree Neck
Great Rock Sheer
Great Rock Embroidery
CEDAR TREE NECK
Cedar Tree Neck is an excellent minimal arrangement of vertical dashes with varying spacing. The negative space create a loose checkered effect that doesn’t feel forced but rather creates interest.
GREAT ROCK SHEER & EMBROIDERY
Schumacher Fabric’s Great Rock is a simplistic pattern consisting of dotted lines and curves placed to create a visually stunning arrangement. Sometimes less is more, especially with a geometric print like this one. Schumacher never fails to disappoint with their minimal lines of fabric.
Icehouse consists of vertical and horizontal line fragments in contrasting colors. Available in a light cream backdrop with navy and white, or the neutral beige backdrop with black and white.
Joshua Tree, as pictured at the beginning of the article, is a hand block-printed pattern portraying the different cycles of the moon. Inspired by nights spent camping under the stars, available in Natural with pops of primary colors, or the Indigo imitating the calming night sky. It is unique designs like these that the Schumacher Fabric label is known for.
At a distance, Menemsha by Schumacher Fabric looks like a plain heathered pattern of assorted earth tone neutrals. Upon a closer look, this pattern contains micro brush strokes of white in varying directions.
Oaxaca is a state in southern Mexico known for its indigenous cultures. Its capital city of the same name is noted for colonial buildings often made of green volcanic stone. This pattern portrays the varying heights of the city’s skyline.
OVERLAPPING DASHES & TRIANGLES
Overlapping Dashes mixes camel and white minimal line arrangements that overlap in the center for contrast. Overlapping Triangles combines black triangles in the background with a smaller white triangle placed on top for a grey neutral space in between.
Sepiessa is based on a painting by Caroline Z Hurley that showcases over-sized gestural brush strokes.
Tashmoo is a vertical stripe pattern with micro triangles and dashed lines.
Originally handpainted by Caroline Z Hurley on paper, Tiasquam imitates the art of hand-blocking with its subtle variations throughout the pattern.
A woven rendition of the Tiasquam pattern pictured above.
Caroline Z Hurley & Schumacher Fabric hope to bring life back into the textile rich city of New Bedford as it originally was before the great depression.
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