~ Artist & Vintage Lover ~

Santa Fe, New Mexico · 2635 Sales


~ Artist & Vintage Lover ~

Santa Fe, New Mexico 2635 Sales On Etsy since 2007

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Aleta Ford Baker

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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. 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:

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 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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  • Aleta Ford Baker

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    Artist & Collector

  • Mollie

    Fun Coordinator

  • Winnie

    Snack Coordinator

Shop policies

Last updated on May 1, 2017
Thank you for visiting my shop! I have been a collector and artist for many years. Enjoy your visit and please contact me with any questions.

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I accept payment through Etsy Payments and Paypal. Etsy has a Buy It Now button and a Guest Checkout for those that have not signed up. Read about it here:

E-checks through PAYPAL will have to clear the banks, usually 3-5 days, after that, I will ship your purchase out.

Please make sure that your shipping address is correct. Thank you.
I will respond to all orders via email within 48 hours. You may rely on a complete and honest description of every item. Please trust me to ship your purchases carefully and securely. Everything shipped out, including pottery and breakables, will be wrapped with care using bubblewrap and foam peanuts. Each piece of jewelry will arrive to you in a gift box. Smaller orders will be shipped in padded envelopes. I aim to please!

Please contact me for combined shipping or further questions.

I try to find the least expensive shipping, and my shipping costs are based on USPS 1st Class under 13 oz, unless the item or items weigh over 13 ounces, then it is either Priority, Priority Flat rate, Parcel or if the item is a book, Media Mail.
Sometimes I will choose to ship Priority if it suits the item's size and weight and it is being shipped to a nearby zone. Also, in some cases, Parcel Post has become more expensive than Priority, and so I choose Priority. If you prefer any other type of shipping method within USPS, please convo me BEFORE you make the purchase and ask. I do not ship with any other shipping businesses other than USPS.

My shipping charges are educated guestimates. That is because I base them on weight combined with the charge to the furthest zone from where I am located. Shipping can be expensive, especially when the items are fragile and/or heavy. But not to worry, I will refund amounts over 1.00.

I am sorry, but I no longer ship physical items Internationally.

My tutorial is an electronic instant download; therefore, once downloaded, there is no refund on the purchase.
Refunds and Exchanges
I will gladly issue a refund for any reason, but please contact me first to let me know. The item or items must be returned to me within 5 days, in the same manner (USPS Priority insured or however I originally sent it) in the same box or envelope if possible, and in the same condition as sent, before I will reimburse the costs of the item and your shipping costs. Refunds will be given through Paypal once I receive the item back and we have agreed all is well.

My tutorial is an electronic instant download; therefore, once downloaded, there is no refund on the purchase.
Additional policies and FAQs
I do not have a layaway plan. I will RESERVE an item for you, but you must give me an exact date as to when you will make a full payment. After that, if the payment has not been made, the item will be relisted.