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Aaron Lopez Bautista

Aaron Lopez Bautista creates exceptional braided leather jewelry using age-old techniques. Born in Mexico City to an Aztec-Spanish mother and a Mixtec Indian father, Aaron is a self-taught artist.

An ancient piece of leather he saw inspired him to begin working in leather. Ever since, he has tried to recreate the ancient with his modern designs. Aaron made Santa Fe his home in 1999 and continues to be a part of the artist community there.

Only working with native, organic tanned leather, there is no chemical processing in his artworks. He bevels the edges of the leather strips and finishes his jewelry with wool and glass to make the pieces supple. The only tools he uses are a knife and needles. With his dedication to traditional, handmade methods, Lopez Bautista creates braided pieces that incorporate fashion, form, history and community.