AletaFordBakerDesign

~ Artist & Vintage Lover ~

Santa Fe, New Mexico · 2648 Sales

AletaFordBakerDesign

~ Artist & Vintage Lover ~

Santa Fe, New Mexico 2648 Sales On Etsy since 2007

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(1085)

Announcement   August 15th Pre-Listing Notice: I will be listing for sale MANY Beading Magazines, like Bead & Button, Beadwork and a few odds & ends. These will be grouped by Years, and go way back to the 1980's. Thank you for your support and your purchases from my Etsy shop :) Please contact me if you have any questions.

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Last updated on Aug 15, 2017

August 15th Pre-Listing Notice: I will be listing for sale MANY Beading Magazines, like Bead & Button, Beadwork and a few odds & ends. These will be grouped by Years, and go way back to the 1980's. Thank you for your support and your purchases from my Etsy shop :) Please contact me if you have any questions.

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About

I Love Vintage (And creating Dreams with Beads)

Thank you to all my customers ~
I have been a collector all of my life. Nature around me has always inspired me to interpret & create.
My family first moved from California to Santa Fe, NM, then to Portland, Oregon ( my mom's home town.) We moved back to beautiful Santa Fe & have been here 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.

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. I am inspired by many artists: Georgia O'Keeffe, Henry Moore, Gaudi, Ernst Haeckel, Hans Hofmann, Alice Neel, Wayne Thiebaud, Edvard Munch, Van Gogh, & my grandmother, painter Mary Finley Fry. Contemporary artists that I adore are Joyce J. Scott, Ann Tevepaugh Mitchell, Dale Chihuly, Alan Lee & many more.

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: https://blog.etsy.com/en/keep-it-weird-do-not-adjust-your-set/

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 Delish.com - 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 belonging to my mother, who has now passed, & 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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