Artist/Maker ~Vintage Lover~ Creator of the Indespiral

New Mexico, United States · 2798 Sales


Artist/Maker ~Vintage Lover~ Creator of the Indespiral

New Mexico, United States 2798 Sales On Etsy since 2007

5 out of 5 stars
Aleta Ford Baker

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Tammy C Tagesen

Tammy C Tagesen on 16 May, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

THANK you, I grew up with these magazines and am having so much fun reading them . They have a lot of different information in them. Thank you for shipping quickly and securely .


donamathis on 01 May, 2018

4 out of 5 stars

I'm not sure if the problem is me or the pattern. I tried using just the prescribed two colors but the pattern pictures some of the beads in light gray. I kept getting very confused. Then I tried using a third color as pictured in the pattern. Still couldn't get it. I'm very disappointed. Again, it might just be my problem. The pattern looks to be very well written with plenty of diagrams. I will have to try again later.

Liz Esslinger

Liz Esslinger on 27 Apr, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

Amazingly fast shipping and excellent communication. These were wrapped so well! My family has been on the search for these mugs for years, I’m so glad we found them.

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I Love Vintage (And creating Dreams with Beads)

Thank you to all my customers ~
I have been a collector all of my life, lots of stuff that remind me of certain people, places & feelings. Now I'm uncollecting!
Have lived in beautiful Santa Fe for over 22 years. Being the lead designer at Peyote Bird Designs for 10 years (our jewelry made famous in Sundance Catalog) gave me access to unlimited materials along with experience in the wholesale jewelry business, before starting to sell my own jewelry & vintage items online in 2004.

Then I found Beads. The originator of the Indespiral Design. My innovations with flat circular & tubular 'peyote' stitch started in the late 1980's & early 1990's, as I was sculpting & creating trees & 3-D shapes made of beads & found objects. I have been creating sculptural, organic & tubular shapes since then, continuing to 'push the envelope.' I don't think of bead stitching as math or geometry (although obviously, beads can represent math & math can be represented with beads, as many others have proven), as I think this puts a limit on my imagination.
Inspiration comes from many artists:
Georgia O'Keeffe - determination & color
Henry Moore - strength & shapes
Gaudi - interpreting natural forms
Ernst Haeckel - symmetry & asymmetry in nature
Hans Hofmann - expressive color relationships
Alice Neel - expressive freedom
Wayne Thiebaud - color & repetition
Edvard Munch & Van Gogh - color & emotion
Mary Finley Fry Thomas, my grandmother - 20th C woman painter in a man's world & survive

In my process to create forms that I see in my mind's eye, I use threads & beads to push & pull, shape & color, balance & contrast, fill & realize space, much like the movement of the wind & water. It is intuitive, circular, directional, repetitive, sometimes slow & natural, becoming my medium of meditation.
A sculptural neckpiece that I created in 2008 was featured in the Etsy 'Keep it Weird' blog in 2011 by Michelle Traub here:

Awards, Exhibitions and Publication:

2008-09 - Beadwork VI - "The Beaded Book" sponsored by Beadwork Magazine - touring finalist with "Visions of Gandalf the Grey" for sale in my shop here.

Oct. 2005 - "Innovative Spiral" - page 106
"Great Shapes" (circular flat peyote) - page 62 - Bead & Button

1996-97 - The Beaded Object - at the Southern Highland Craft Guild, Asheville, NC
"Noble Thoughts, Mighty Beads", "Still Sea Conspires", "Crucifix"

1996 - Ubiquitous Bead II - Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA
"Untitled" lidded cylinder

1995 - Contemporary Beads & Beadwork, Innovative Directions - Loveland Gallery, Loveland, CO - "Power Of Myth", "Noble Thoughts, Mighty Beads"

1990 - Self-Published book on Flat, Circular Peyote stitch
"Universal Bead Weaving" - (1st booklet written on flat, circular peyote stitch, with patterns and diagrams, no longer available.)

1979 - Gemological Institute of America (GIA), Second Place Award, International Schuetz Design Contest

1977 - Hilleson's Award for Arts & Crafts, California Lutheran University

2 years ago, one of my Cookie Jars was featured on - a Hull Pottery 'Little Red Riding Hood' jar :)

When you visit my shop, you will find bits of everything that I cherish - pottery, vintage jewelry, unique items that belonged to my mother, & books. Your purchase will receive the utmost care, handling & packaging, as these things are personal & special to me & I hope that they will be for you, too. I welcome questions & feedback ~

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    Fun Coordinator

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