Promoting Natural & Cultural History
This monograph is a historical documentation over 520 pages based on 10 years of textile research, emphasising the importance of a combination of theoretical and practical perspective as part of the IK Foundation’s Mundus Linnæi series. We are delighted that the monograph has been distributed/sold to private individuals, libraries, organisations, universities etc in more than twenty countries only few months after it was launched. The book will also be reviewed in at least six specialist journals and year books from August 2017 to November 2018.
Even if the long-term monograph project has been finalised, the textile historian Viveka Hansen’s work continues with textile observations of the “Linnaeus Apostles” and other 18th century natural history travellers within their network. Some brief information about ongoing projects:
• Textile studies within The IK Foundation’s project “Bridge Builder Expeditions” in the geographical areas of North America, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Spitsbergen. This work will be published in IK’s forthcoming online series.
• Regular updates of articles on TEXTILIS, including textile observations connected to travels and daily life of 18th century natural historians. Additionally, this work will be incorporated in The IK Foundation’s “IK Workshop Society” in the near future, as a new part, named iTEXTILIS.
• During 2018, Viveka Hansen will start a new research- and book project linked to her previous work mentioned above, an article ‘In the Chest’ (2010) and her participation in the editorial team of the series of eight volumes/eleven books The Linnaeus Apostles – Global Science & Adventure. This series of books (published 2007-2012) also being the “mother project” for her ongoing work and an important inspiration for the recently published monograph Textilia Linnaeana – Global 18th Century Textile Traditions & Trade. More information about this forthcoming work during next year.
Picture showing: (R) The author in North America. Field studies at botanical gardens, museums, organisations and travel routes used by the Linnaeus Apostles from 1745 to 1799 – have been an important part of the long-term project to increase the understanding of textile observations from this period. The monograph has already reached many readers around the world. (L) Olga Andreevna, Senior Research Fellow at the Russian Academy of Sciences, expert on the Imperial Academy of Sciences’ natural history expeditions etc – is reading her Textilia Linnaeana in Moscow, in the summer of 2017.