Graphic Designer • Researcher • Artist • Indigenous
Jessica Rosemary Harjo, Weomepe, is an enrolled member of the Otoe-Missouria Tribe of Oklahoma. She is also Osage, Pawnee, and Sac & Fox. Jessica currently lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma with her husband Russell and newborn son Rexton.
As a designer and artist, Jessica is interested in materials and design processes that are unique and contemporary while being traditionally grounded with cultural symbolism. Through her art, Jessica conveys cultural, conceptual and symbolic pieces. Jessica works as a graphic designer while teaching graphic design classes. She is the owner of Weomepe Designs, a small design business providing graphic design services, and producing creative products such as laser cut and hand painted/crafted jewelry.
As a researcher and educator, some of her notable design work includes reworking the approach to cultural symbolism within the Osage Orthography, producing a typeface for the Osage Nation; and more recently—through her doctoral thesis work—Jessica explored the use of stencils as learning aids in the Osage language classroom, using laser cut materials as a tool.
Jessica is a doctoral candidate in design at the University of Minnesota. She received her Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Oklahoma State University with a minor in Studio Art and her Master of Arts in Design from the University of Minnesota.