Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Exhibition: Golden Spider Silk

On display from today at the V&A is this amazing silk shawl - it's the worlds largest piece of cloth made from spiders silk. The silk shawl is made from the silk of over a million female golden-orb weaver spiders, a spider native to the highlands of Madagascar and the vivid golden yellow colour is in fact the natural colour of the spiders silk. The piece was created by artist Simon Peers and designer Nicholas Godley and took over 8 years to create. There's are article on the Guardian here and a BBC news feature here which discuss the piece in further detail. The exhibition itself will also feature background material and a short film showing the process of creating such an incredible piece!

When: opens today until 5th June 2012 
Where: The V&A
Cost: Free 

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