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The Art and Science of Linen

March 28, 2023 9:11 AM | Mary Mangan (Administrator)

I was actually looking at this artist's work based on another thing she did for the Sanger Center -- a cholera dress and a syphilis slip -- but looking around her site I found this older work on linen. I was hoping for more science, but it was still a neat video and SPOILERS: ends with lace. Scroll down the page for the video. 

Linen: From the Field.

And if you are curious, here is the pathogen dress set. Cholera and syphilis captured in BioArt .


  • March 28, 2023 9:40 AM | Mary Mangan (Administrator)
    OMG--I have known about Leeuwenhoek for my whole life, but I did not know he was a "linen draper".

    This is an essay about the Dutch linen-draper of the seventeenth century who made more than 500 microscopes and used them to observe the tail of an eel, the sting of a bee, the nose of a louse, the brain of a fly, the spinning apparatus of a spider, the bacteria from his own mouth, etc., and who wrote enthusiastic letters to the Royal Society of London carefully describing what he saw.
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