Jeannie Ortiz

Jeannie Ortiz explores what it means to be human by drawing from the natural world to create objects of protection, adornment, utility and symbolism.  Her work begins with threads of silk, cotton, linen, alpaca and wool – materials at the foundation of human civilization. Magical alchemy brings colors to life through the dyeing of fibers with harvested leaves, roots, flowers, fruits and fungi.  Weaving integrates these elements with the zen like repetition of the technological marvel that is the handloom. Uniting this whole process is nature whom informs both her materials and imparts the spark of inspiration.

The meditative process by which the threads come to life is central to the creation of Jeannie’s work.    The process of weaving exists within a well-worn trail that has wound its way through all of human history.  Each thread passed through the loom adds a new layer to an ancient story, a new mode of exploration and intimate expression is revealed.   Through this work she is honored to carry this ancient craft into the future, weaving pieces that can be worn, used and loved for generations. 

Explorations in physical expressions of art through aerial dance and movement. For the past 6 years Jeannie has been diving into the world of aerial dance and performance. Her story is just beginning to emerge into this world, and who shows what form it will take.

Daily Workings

  • Wool Blanket in Blues

    I long to explore every inch of this place; every canyon, cliff, spring and meadow. I am truly overwhelmed with love for this place.

    This piece has already sold. It was woven on a warp of organic cotton-linen with a weft of many different wool bits that I’ve collected over the years. I am hoping to create one more wooly blanket once I re-warp my loom.

  • I love New Mexico.

    Also, I just added (probably) the last Ethereal Scarf of the year to my new shop – https://jeannieortiz.com

  • Finishing Work

    With this last batch of weavings I finished the organic cotton-linen warp!!! 😬