Furrow

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Furrow, 2022. Cotton and wool yarn, prairie grass, electric fence wire, electric fence post insulators. 12"x9"x94".

For Furrow, I wove a doubleweave, double-width cloth for a whole work day, or the amount of time on average it would have taken a colonist farmer and his plow team to plow an acre of land. I warped my loom to weave an overshot pattern called Jefferson’s Plat, which shares almost the same name as Jefferson’s Grid, the land surveying system used to divide and sell United States land in the Midwest by the United States Government. This overshot pattern would have been used at the same time as the initial land surveying was taking place by colonist weavers to make a blanket. The final width and depth of the cloth are the same as the width and depth of the furrow that the first John Deere plows would have made, and it is held up using electric fence wire, often used to contain livestock or keep out other animals on contemporary farms.