p l e c t ō

Jamie Lea Bertsch

To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work.
– Mary Oliver

p l e c t ō is a distillation of Jamie Lea Bertsch’s immediate interactions with the note above and the world around; recalling, looking closely, revering, celebrating, and paying homage to the beautiful commonplace experience. Observations on labor, passions, past-times, specific moments in life’s landscape, and evolution through repetition are focuses in the work; but the fiber object is less a result of a process— instead a representation of one. “My work is motivated by an immeasurable reverence for the process of craft, along with the intimacy and immediacy of using my hands as a tool


Jamie Lea Bertsch is an artist and educator, currently teaching in the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee Fibers Department. During her studies, she traveled abroad, collaboratively teaching art in Mae Sai, Thailand. Her work has been included in several solo and group exhibitions, including the Lillstreet Gallery in Chicago and the Textile Arts Center in Brooklyn, New York.