Saturday, July 30, 2011

Spider Silk Cloth

This textile made from the silk of over one million golden orb spiders of Madagascar is on display at the Art Institute of Chicago in their African art galleries. It took 80 people more than five years to collect the spiders, extrude the silk, spin the thread, weave the fabric, and sew the pieces together. 96 strands of silk are plied together to make each warp thread and 960 strands for each weft!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Time Warp

These two excellent movies about time travel, Primer (top) and Timecrimes (bottom), will twist your mind for hours afterwards. In both cases, the writer/director star in the movie, and both films were nominated for and won many awards. I recommend not seeing the trailers or reading anything more about them, though it might be hard to spoil these complex storylines.