Jesikah Orman is an artist and natural dyer. She makes unique, small-batch textiles for the home and body using foraged plants, flowers, and organic botanical dyes. Her practice is deeply rooted in material investigation and experimentation and involves a variety of activities exploring traditional textile processes (including batik and shibori with natural indigo and other natural vat dyes, eco-printing, screenprinting, monoprinting, and weaving). Each piece is truly on-of-a-kind and hand-dyed, painted, printed, drafted, and sewn in her Pittsburgh studio.
I received a BFA in Fiber and Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) in 2008 and have been working with textiles ever since, although I have been drawn to them my entire life. Ever since I was a small child I have loved painting with watercolors: their fluid, gentle washes of color....this is my first memory of using color and continues to be the foundation and structure of my work. My other great inspiration in life and work has been an insatiable interest in travel. I went to India as a teenager and was deeply moved by the immensity of beauty and the sheer volume of color, pattern, cloth-----I haven't stopped traveling and seeking out textile traditions ever since. It was also around this time in my life that I was first introduced to ancient plant knowledge and the healing and color potency of plants and flowers while studying cosmetology at Aveda in 2002. All of these varied experiences have deeply informed my art practice and the many forms these textiles take. And at the very heart of my work is a deep, deep love of color. It is in this spirit of curiosity and exploration that my practice is most rooted; pondering the beauty and mystery of color in the natural world and its relationship to our lives.