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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)

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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. 🤍🙏🏽🤍

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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 🙃)

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I have many loves.

Before there was weaving, there was photography, before that was ceramics…and underlying them all has been my love of crawling around the forest floor in search of these beautiful and mysterious fungi-creatures. I am gathering all my photos from years of forest exploration, and putting together a show that will be on display Desert Archaic gallery in Truth or Consequences, NM starting in March. It’s making me very excited for this summer, and I’m praying for rain already.

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Chalcedony & Citrine

Luminous Stones with which to adorn the body. Just added to my online shop are a few of my new creations. https://jeannieortiz.com This piece is a combination of stones that seem to shine with an inner light. The center stone is a Zambian Citrine point that I drilled here in New Mexico. The stone beads accompanying it are a menagerie of Blue Chalcedony. 🤍🤍🤍 There is also a collection of my new adornment pieces Desert Archaic gallery in Truth or Consequences, #newmexico

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Old and new.

I’m still in computer work mode, sorting and organizing. This one is from last year when one of my very first large weavings was sent back to me to be converted into some clothing. This beautiful shawl-size piece was what was left over. 💛💗💛 Mural in the background is by @kyleparkercunningham (it is on the side of our studio)

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Out in the world.

I just wanted to share this image of the gorgeous @ruahbe rocking one of my sculptural cashmere cowls. It makes me so happy knowing my creations are out in the world, being loved and adorning beautiful souls. 🤍💛🤍

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Crystals by the kilo and beads by the hank

…that’s how I roll. I got some really incredible materials for making this year at the Tucson gem & mineral show, including Zambian Citrine points, rutilated amethyst points and Smokey Quartz, all of which I can’t wait to drill and turn into adornment. I am also totally freaking out with excitement about some of the beads I collected, including Afghan banded agate, pink rutilated Quartz, fossilized shell and coral beads, chalcedony and purple Quartz, carnelian, amethyst and Botswanan banded agates!!!

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The giant crystals and I.

My annual treasure hunt at the Tucson gem & mineral show is complete. It was a chilly one this year, but still quite amazing. I got lots of amazing materials for making (I’ll show some of them soon), and had lots of fun meandering this modern silk roads market with friends. The photo of me sitting in a giant amethyst crystal was taken by Allyson Elizabeth Leonard Willett

As amazing as this is, I still feel torn about the underlying processes of extracting these magnificent earth-creations and bringing them to the surface for our pleasure. Humans are strange creatures, that much I can say.

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Art Hop

Don’t forget tonight is Art Hop! Desert Archaic will be open and is FULL of new creations from our local artists! Headed for the gallery today are a handful of new adornment pieces including this hand drilled, locally found petrified wood, shell Heishi and fossilized shell piece.