What is Luxury? Object in Focus
Giovanni Corvaja’s The Golden Fleece headpiece is part of a series of unprecedented objects inspired by the Greek myth of Jason and the Argonauts, who try to capture a rare golden-haired ram to present as a gift to their king – a near impossible task. Corvaja spent over ten years perfecting techniques of transforming gold into thread. This headpiece was intricately woven together using 160 kilometres of superfine threads. It took 2,500 hours to make.
Making the The Golden Fleece headpiece
The images below were captured in Corvaja’s studio and show various stages of the production process:
Words by Jana Scholze and Leanne Wierzba, curators of What is Luxury? a Crafts Council and V&A partnership exhibition supported by Northacre at the V&A until 27 September 2015
Giovanni Corvaja's The Golden Fleece is a featured item within the What is Luxury? exhibition