So, today, I went to the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) and came across something pretty amazing and really wanted to share it with you. I have realised that one piece of art can really have a strong and quite powerful influence on your ideas. Whilst on my trip, I stumbled upon room 17a (completely by accident and unintentional, as we were actually looking for the way out). In this room we found a weaved golden cape, made completely by Madagascar Golden Orb Spiders. Their silk had been extracted, resulting in the most beautiful piece of textiles. I took some photographs while I was there but really was taken aback by the sheer amazement of it, and after researched into it further. Here are some facts that I later found out about it;
- The idea and finished two pieces of art were created by artist, Simon peers and designer, Nicholas Godley.
- It took 8 years and more than a million Madagascar Golden orb Spiders to complete the finished pieces that were featured in the museum.
- These are the two first pieces ever made with such a technique and are featured right here in London! The first to have them in the entire world!
- The spiders that gave their amazing golden silk were not harmed and only borrowed for a day at a time.
- It took 23,000 spiders to weave 25g of silk and the cape alone took 1.5kg!
This amazing finding and the simple mind-blowing technique that it features has definitely helped me to figure out a route that I want to proceed along during my project. I now know that I want to test myself at some sort of textile work, including my previous influences such as; Music, Places, Hidden meanings, Quotations, Tracey Emin and personal links to art.
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Peace and love, Polly-May xx