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

  • Rainbow Warrior

    ‘’We began as wanderers, and we are wanderers still.’’ – Carl Sagan☀️
    Though linear time (and society) tells us we are long disconnected from our ancestors, I feel quite the opposite. We are still human, still searching, still creating, wondering , surviving. All inspiration is bound in hope and possibly for me, it is not just creating, but creating a world I long to live in.

    This cloak is available in my online shop https://jeannieortiz.com as well as Desert Archaic gallery 🌙 Thank you @monicajanefrisell for creating these images. You’re the best.

    Please feel free to DM me if you have questions about this piece. (Or anything else really)

  • Playing with materials.

    Seeing what happens. I’ve made a few minimal necklaces with stones I’ve found and drilled, on a cord of hand-twined raw silk. (The same fiber I weave with) A small collection of them will be coming to my shop soon. 🤍🙏🏽🤍

  • Surprises

    What began a few days ago as a simple installation for the Truth or Consequences Brewing combining my mushroom photography with the art of Chantal Elena Mitchell , has morphed into something far more wild and inspiring in my brain than I ever imagined it would be. I don’t have the words for it yet, but oh my am I excited. (The result will be on display Desert Archaic , with a few pieces spilling over into my online shop. The teaser is at the T or C Brewing Co. in the women’s restroom 🙃)