Modern Fabrics. Manhattan Style. So what’s it all about?
Well, tucked away between the skyscrapers and hustle-and-bustle of New York is a place where fabric magic happens. Inspired by the runways, the trendy street kiosks of Soho, by the colors and lights and music of the city, the Contempo studio was born. This is contemporary and modern fabric design, Manhattan style, which means fresh, new, sophisticated and trend-setting. Contempo’s Modern Manhattan-inspired prints really adds a unique addition to the Benartex fabric world. Perfect for the modern chic home, these fabrics are great for quilts and wall-hangs to really tie a modern loft together.
Meet Our Designers
Quilters, artists, authors, teachers...we're proud of our design family! Designers are listed in alphabetical order for your convenience.
Michele loved designing, coloring and silk-screening on her own 3 yard cuts of fabric. She learned how to make her own frames, stretch the silk, transfer the designs and press the paint through the screen with a "squeegee". Her dream was to live and work in New York designing textiles and for the last 30 years, she has been fortunate enough to do just that. Her goal now is to extend that dream by including manufactures in the stationary, china, gifts, bedding, and apparel industries. Michelle also designs fabrics for Benartex.
Cherry is a professional longarm quilter/designer from Cherry Blossoms Quilting Studio. She loves fabric, color, polka dots, and spending lots of time at her sewing and longarm machines. Her patterns and prints are wonderful and whimsical and so popular. Cherry hopes that her work will inspire you to create something beautiful today. Her prints just pop with color. Be sure to look for accompanying quilts and project patterns from Cherry. Cherry also designs fabrics for Benartex. View Cherry's collections: Sunday Ride, Soul Blossoms, and Frosty Forest.
In between being a wife and a mother to three children, she is sketching and researching new designs and patterns. She is always looking in the latest fabric/pattern books, or sitting at her computer reading and writing blogs. Her blog page is hollyhelgeson.blogspot.com. Holly’s signature style is playful and quirky with a hand drawn feel and lots of color. Her designs are available for licensing and direct sale. See her first fabric line Lemon Squeezy!
Always attracted to color, texture, and pattern, Amanda Murphy has been designing, drawing, and sewing since she was a child. After graduating with a BFA degree from Carnegie Mellon University, she worked as a graphic designer and art director in Virginia and New York City. After moving to North Carolina, Amanda soon discovered quilting, an art that marries her passion for design with her enthusiasm for handwork. Amanda markets a full-color pattern line under the Amanda Murphy Design label and has designed several fabric collections. Amanda also is a BERNINA Artisan, and teaches online classes in quilting and embroidery. View Amanda's collections: Sparkle and Carina.
Please welcome Sarah. Our newest designer! Sarah Vedeler combines her love of quilting & embroidery to create stunning embroidered applique quilts featuring her own intricate digitized designs, reflecting her stated purpose in life of creating beauty, inspiration and infinite creative joy. See her newest collection Transformation!
Frequently Asked Questions
What is “Contempo?”
Contempo is Benartex’s young, modern studio. We design fabrics for the younger sewer (or the young at heart!)
Where do you get your inspiration?
From the streets of Manhattan! We’re located in the middle of Manhattan - loads of store windows, mannequins, street vendors, fashionistas, college kids. We like to say Contempo is modern fabrics, Manhattan style!
What makes fabric “modern?”
Color certainly plays an important role, and trendy motifs and design. Ultimately, it’s the way the fabric is used that creates a “modern” look. (Even a traditional paisley can look modern when surrounded by lots of negative space!)