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Thank you all for commenting. We found your definitions of modern and contemporary intriguing. (And they happily added to our overall confusion.)
So here goes with our own thoughts. We feel that modern and contemporary are often used interchangeably. The terms both work well when discussing methods. An example would be very traditional method quilters utilize scissors, templates, hand piecing & applique versus modern/contemporary quilters making use of rotary cutters, rulers and machines. Both words are being used as descriptors for a time period (current.)
So we can say we are modern/contemporary quilters. We feel the terms have slightly different meanings from one another when discussing design/style. Modern more literally relates to the modern design era--modernism--simple geometric forms, open, clean, clutter free, often with a sense of linear design. Whereas contemporary is current, but not necessarily referencing a previous style. So we are confused. Take a Denyse Schmidt pattern. She uses her own fabric lines which do reference the past and reinterprets traditional settings. Her result is contemporary in our eyes. So while it is of our time it is referential, and many view contemporary design as nonreferential. Still open for discussion.
So what are current contemporary colors? Do you know our color choices in available fabric are forecast by color marketing groups? Click on this to read an interesting color forecast for 2010. It is helpful to be aware of color trends and the availability of other product lines when designing.
We welcome any comments or any further discussion.
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