Spider Silk ‘Think And Drink’ At RISD

(1.16) The RISD Museum is hosting another installment of its ‘Think and Drink’ series. This Thursday the topic will be spider silk. Seen here is a shawl handwoven in Madagascar from golden orb spider filaments. (Facebook event.)

If you can’t make this event, you have till through April 19th to see The Art and Design of Spider Silk in the textile gallery. (Remember, no admission charged to the museum on Sundays.)

This show explores the capabilities of spiders and how they have inspired and enchanted a host of engineers, artists, and designers looking to reimagine the tensile strength, luster, and beauty of spiderwebs. Sustainable design practices and cutting-edge uses of spider silk are surveyed across contemporary projects highlighted by a debut of shawls by the design firm Godley & Peers that were entirely created from silk produced in Madagascar by golden orb spiders (Nephila madagascariensis).

This Thursday join Laurie Brewer, associate curator of Costume and Textiles, for a gallery talk on the Art and Design of Spider Silk exhibition. Following the tour, Bottles Fine Wine will lead a tasting of sparkling wines.

Registration required. This is a 21 and over event. $25, members $20.

6pm to 8pm, Thursday, January 16, RISD Museum, 20 North Main Street, (directions)

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