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By kylie baker
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About

The Project:

11 years ago, a fire was sparked inside me - I had a vision of sharing my deep love for the ancient traditions of cloth and agriculture by creating an interactive learning loom installed on a tractor! This would create a fun, inviting experience, connecting children and adults alike to the productivity potent in themselves, in agriculture, and in loom-craft.

I dedicated myself to birthing this vision.

I went ahead and built the tractorloom, engaging the participation of local metal workers, machinists, and farmers, and in doing so deepened my appreciation for the nature of natural materials, as well as the alchemical pro-creative power of human ingenuity and craftmanship. The character name, Womb-Furie, which came to me for personal reasons on that fated day 11 years ago, became ever more poignant to the project. The very fabrication of the tractorloom has awakened people's connection with 'common' materials as we transformed rickety metal parts into vibrant, safe, fascinating, and empowering interactive learning tools.

Once the tractorloom was built with the grant money I gratefully received from the Arts Council of the Southern Finger Lakes, I was itching to take this to the people!

Friends of the Peaceweavers, www.peaceweavers.com, and members of their Organic Farm and CSA, learning how to weave on the tractorloom!
Friends of the Peaceweavers, www.peaceweavers.com, and members of their Organic Farm and CSA, learning how to weave on the tractorloom!

Throughout 2012, I transported the tractorloom to farmer's markets and festivals around Upstate New York, teaching people how to weave. It has been all too fun and enriching to watch dozens of people come up and engage with the tractorloom! People grow smiles, grow trust in their creative capacities, and grow deeper connections to the agricultural events and markets that they came out to that day.

Kids really get into the dynamics of weaving! It requires some coordination!
Kids really get into the dynamics of weaving! It requires some coordination!

My dream is to take the tractorloom beyond the Finger Lakes and share this conceptual vehicle with as many people as possible! I plan to visit elementary and secondary schools, universitites with fiber programs, farmer's markets and other public spaces around the U.S. and Canada during a two month tour on the road - and I need your support to make this a reality!

I will offer a whirl on the tractorloom as a tool to invite dialogue about the history of fabric, the importance of nutrition, and our connection to the land, as well as the need to embrace alternative energies in order to learn how to sustainably power our lives through wind, solar, and grease. Through the money raised via Kickstarter, I will be able to integrate these alternative energy systems into the tractorloom's mechanics and transportability. Help me demonstrate as many healthy tools, techniques, and systems within this tour as possible!

It is vital that the tractorloom reaches students now! Youth need to be actively involved and engaged in their own education. The need for more hands-on learning experiences, like the kind the tractorloom can provide, is imperative for creating a healthy life and connection to source materials and ideas. When the tractorloom visits, students will learn to weave, see how the loom works, and, most importantly, gain a sense of the link between their own clothes and the ancient art of weaving. We will also discuss the history behind weaving as well as farming and how the two are connected! Ultimately, I believe that it is extremely important for students to be exposed to all that the tractorloom demonstrates because it makes history and culture alive and active for students.

With a loom, you can make blankets, scarves, and fabric for garments.
With a loom, you can make blankets, scarves, and fabric for garments.

It is truly awesome to witness the young and shy kids who hop onto the tractorloom transform. I see their initial hesitancy to participate, but after they hop up on the shiny red tractor, and have woven enough fabric to see the pattern they have created, their faces light up! Afterwards, they jump down smiling and appear more sure of themselves. Watching people willing to get out of their comfort zones and learn something new is helpful for all the spectators that happen to be at the events, myself included.

As of right now, this is the list of what I have and what I will need in order to make this tractorloom tour a great success!

What I have:

  • a tractorloom
  • knowledge about how to set up a loom and teach weaving to all ages

What I need:

  • a diesel truck
  • a trailer that is bigger than 6' X 7' X 9'
  • veggie diesel conversion kit
  • diesel fuel
  • yarn
  • living expenses for a two month tour
  • solar panel to charge tractorloom's battery
  • vehicle insurance
  • performance insurance

Donations are also greatly appreciated! If you have extra yarn and would like to have it become part of the tractorloom project, It would be an excellent addition to the fabrics that will be woven!

The History:

When the idea of the tractorloom came to me, I knew I needed to make an animated prototype. I decided to make a puppet animated version and have my womb-furie girl weaving on the tractorloom. This is the image that you will see on one of the many rewards you'll receive upon supporting this endeavor!

16mm puppet animated prototype of the womb-furie girl weaving on the tractorloom!
16mm puppet animated prototype of the womb-furie girl weaving on the tractorloom!

When I moved to rural Upstate New York, numerous tractor sitings rekindled my dreams of bringing the tractorloom into existence. I decided to apply for a grant from the Arts Council of the Southern Finger Lakes and was awarded funding to build the tractorloom!

Serendipitously, I met a metal sculptor named Benji Carr, check out his website! www.isfmetal.com, who had the mechanical and artistic knowledge to build the tractorloom!

Benji Carr fabricating a bearing for a tractorloom wheel on his lathe.
Benji Carr fabricating a bearing for a tractorloom wheel on his lathe.
Benji weaving on the tractorloom in its neonate stage.
Benji weaving on the tractorloom in its neonate stage.
A local business preparing metal pieces of tractorloom to be powder coated.
A local business preparing metal pieces of tractorloom to be powder coated.
Rear view of tractorloom after powder coating.
Rear view of tractorloom after powder coating.

Thanks to all who have watched the video and read about the project! I hope to see you in the fall!


Risks and challenges

These are my goals for the tractorloom tour of 2013:

To purchase a used diesel truck and have a local business install a veggie diesel conversion kit. However, If I am unable to find a diesel truck that is compatible with the conversion kits they have available, I will purchase a gas truck and continue the tour fueling the vehicle with the money I allocated for the conversion kit.

I am determined to reach as many students and people around the U.S.and Canada as possible within the two months of touring. I want to inspire people to experience the value of the hand crafted while learning how to weave on the loom.

I also hope that people may feel a sense of attachment to the land while sitting on top of the tractorloom since it will be outside and signifies a tractor which is usually used to prepare soil for growing vegetables.

By choosing to use alternative energy sources, I can also talk about the importance of being independent from gas and oiI. I can show people how easy it is to harness the sun and used grease to make the tractorloom and truck move.

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    A postcard of the Womb-furie girl weaving on the tractorloom next to the image of the real tractorloom. You will also receive a temporary tattoo of the Womb-furie girl riding the tractorloom!

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    A machine embroidered patch that has 'tractorloom' written in a kitschy cursive font and a temporary tattoo of the womb-furie girl riding the tractorloom!

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    A cool mug with an image of the tractorloom!
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    A dvd documenting the tractorloom touring and interacting with people around the United States and Canada!
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    A trucker/tractor hat with an image of the womb-furie girl weaving on the tractorloom on the front of the hat! Plus, 3 temporary tattoos of the womb-furie girl weaving on the tractorloom!

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    A stellar t-shirt of the womb furie girl weaving on the tractorloom!
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    You will get a righteous wall hanging woven by kids and people who participate on the tractorloom! The wall hanging will be attached to a beautiful branch. Dimensions are approximately 12" X 18".

    You will also get the dvd of the tractorloom tour (will be sent before December 2014) with a tractorloom patch, 4 temporary tattoos and a postcard signed by the people who helped weave the wall hanging!

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    A one of a kind floor runner using fabric strips woven by me on the Tractorloom. Size approximately 24" X 36".
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    A luxurious scarf. I will hand dye yarn with your choice of marigolds, elderberries, or avocado (dyes a beautiful rose color!) dye bath and weave it on the Tractorloom! Colors and pattern to be discussed. Approximately 5" X 60".

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    A cozy blanket hand woven on the tractorloom by me! Approximately 8' X 5'. Can discuss dimensions and design.
    You will also receive a copy of tractorloom dvd (will be sent before December 2014), a tractorloom mug, t-shirt with an image of the womb-furie girl weaving on the tractorloom, 5 tractorloom patches, 4 temporary tattoos, and 5 postcards!

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    Tractorloom visit! I will bring the Tractorloom to your school, home, or wherever you would like to have a lesson on how to weave and walk away with the piece that you weave on the Tractorloom!

    You will also receive a t-shirt with the image of the womb-furie girl weaving on the tractorloom, 5 mugs, each with an image of YOU and five of your friends, classmates, or family members weaving on the tractorloom, a dvd of the tractorloom tour (will be sent before December 2014) and 5 tractorloom patches, 20 temporary tattoos, plus 10 postcards!

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    The Tractorloom will come to you! I will teach you and your party, school, any event, how to weave and you can walk away with the piece that your party wove collectively!

    You will also receive 3 copies of the tractorloom tour dvd (will be sent before December 2014), 5 womb-furie t-shirts and 10 mugs, each with the image of your friends, family, or classmates weaving on the tractorloom! 10 patches, 20 temporary tattoos, and 10 postcards!

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    The tractorloom will come to you! I will teach you, your party, or any event, how to weave and you will walk away with the fabric that you and your group wove collectively! This package includes, a custom table runner, 10 dvd's (will be sent before December 2014), 20 t-shirts with your choice of the womb-furie weaving on the tractorloom or the tractorloom, 20 mugs, each one, with an image of YOU, your family, your classmates, or your friends weaving on the tractorloom, 40 patches, and 40 tattoos, and 20 postcards.

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