Simon Peers and Nicholas Godley, 2011

Spider Web Threads

Spider Web Threads

The four metre long woven textile was made from the silk of more than a million female Golden Orb spiders collected in the highlands of Madagascar. It took 80 people five years to collect the spiders, and the naturally golden hand-woven brocaded textile took over four years to create. According to experts at the Victoria and Albert Museum, spider’s silk has not been woven since 1900, when a textile was created for the Paris Exposition Universelle – but that no longer survives. This will be the first time spider silk has been exhibited in Europe since.

The earliest recorded weave using the silk of spiders dates from 1709, made by a Frenchman, Francois-Xavier Bon de Saint Hilaire, who successfully produced gloves and stockings and supposedly a full suit of clothes for King Louis XIV.


4 responses

  1. Zorro

    Anyone else having trouble reading the secrets page? I fear we’ve overloaded it.

    January 25, 2012 at 02:25

    • ella dawn

      I can get in hm not sure I usually just access comments through the WordPress app do I dot have to scroll down.

      January 25, 2012 at 13:47

  2. ella

    spectacular btw. I saw a large installation in Beijing where the artist used silk worms to make the work for him/her over a series of weeks in the gallery but how much creepier it would have been if there had been spiders instead.

    January 25, 2012 at 14:39

  3. ella

    OK I see what you mean with the Secrets page. It seems to work fine on the mobile version or through the wordpress app but not through the main version. One way around this is to log in as me on wordpress when you want to make a comment because I’ve made the page private. A pretty clunky solution but maybe it will work better tomorrow or I can figure some other way around it. Basically the username is just elladawn and the password is in a text you’ll receive shortly.

    January 25, 2012 at 15:04

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