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 knows what form it will take.

Daily Workings

  • Amber Gradations

    Comfort in the rocks. All of my adornment is now out of @desertarchaic gallery – as it is closed indefinitely – but it is now available in our online shop! Some pieces are listed at large discounts to make way for new work and to help spread the love during these strange times.
    This is my newest adornment creation, gradations of Baltic amber and a Zambian Citrine point.

  • Changes.

    Due to the current world situation our gallery, Desert Archaic, here in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico is closed for the foreseeable future. Because of this I am posing most of my jewelry for sale online, some pieces at a very discounted price to make way for new creations.

    This piece is from my Found Stones collection that I sell at Desert Archaic gallery. They are the culmination of many years of bead and stone collecting. With the help of my amazing rock drilling tool I am able to drill holes in stones and bring these pieces to life.

  • Things today.

    Exploring lines with naturally dyed colors, dying with black walnuts sent to me from New York (thanks mom), and drinking a LOT of tea. My friend Collette made my mug. I wish she was on social media so you could see how amazing her work is. I miss my friends.