Catherine Phillips is Nomad's powerful matriarch although she'd humbly tell you otherwise. She is also known as the 'mayor of Boulder' to so many due to her generosity of spirit. She is always the first to lend a helping hand to someone in need and the first to offer a kind word or a laugh. Not only is she the owner of two successful businesses, Nomad Beads and Adorned by Nomad, but she also happens to be an incredible jewelry designer. She is our resident knotter, meticulously stranding together beautiful pearls or semi-precious gemstones. Her subtle style is quick to garner anyone's attention. Much like her personality, her work is warm, understated and powerful.
I vacillate between wanting to make pieces with whopping big fantastic beads and messing around with the tiniest gemstones I can find. It's a bit of a contradiction, but both of them lend themselves to my favorite technique. I like to knot beads. I usually prefer to work only with one kind of bead in a piece, because I feel that this allows the beauty of the material to really show itself. I love the process of knotting because it lends itself to a kind of meditative process. As I progress in technique and understanding, I have enjoyed using even better materials to create my pieces. It's very satisfying to wear really nice gems and pearls.
"I make things. They are sparkly."
There is something to be said for keeping it simple! We hope you enjoy Margot's work as much as we do. She happens to be the best-selling artist in the house!
An owner of Nomad Beads, Jake is a spiritual and bohemian soul who infuses his kind, care-free energy into everything he creates. This jewelry designer was born in Sante Fe in 1968, the time of the "authentic hippy" as he calls it and was constantly surrounded by art and color. Jake attributes this part of his upbringing to his aesthetic, but was also influenced by summers spent on his grandmother's 350 acre farm and commune, The Rochester Folk Art Guild. These early days were steeped in craft, arts, theater, philosophy and spirituality. His interests lie in art, textiles, masks, jewelry and spirit. He makes this clear in how he describes his role:
"I am one of the owners of two beautiful stores here in Boulder - Nomad Bead Merchants and Adorned by Nomad. These stores would not be possible without my indispensable business partners and the unbelievable family that makes up our team.