Featured Designer: Vollis Simpson

ID Collaborative blog post

The terms collaboration and repurpose are not new to the design industry, but sometimes a new product incorporating both aspects catches your eye. The captivating history of the artist Vollis Simpson and his sculptures has been translated into a new assortment of contract grade fabrics. Mayer Fabrics and Sunbrella Contract have teamed up to introduce the new Vollis Simpson Collection.

The fabrics are now available here: http://www.mayerfabrics.com/portfolio-items/vollis-simpson/

“From the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore to the windows of Bergdorf Goodman in Manhattan, folk artist Vollis Simpson’s joyful whirligig and windmill pieces have captivated the imagination of artists and the public alike. In the 1970s, Simpson began transforming spare machinery, appliances, bicycles, road signage and scrap metal into energetic oversized sculptures that come alive with the wind. Meticulously engineered from overlooked materials, his pieces transcend their origin with whimsy, wonder and unexpected beauty.”

The excerpt above of Simpson’s history and additional information about the collaboration can be found here: https://vollis.sunbrella.com/

The original sculptures are in the process of being restored and moved to the new Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park & Museum, located in Wilson, NC. Mayer Fabrics will donate 2% of all sales to the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park & Museum.

Information about the park and museum: https://www.wilsonwhirligigpark.org/