We had the good fortune of connecting with Cat Brown and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Cat, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
In the current educational climate of putting pressure on our kids to succeed solely based on test scores, we’ve lost a lot of the cognitive thinking skills that come with the education that can’t necessarily be tested on. I’m talking about creativity. As a whole, being creative challenges our mental processes to problem solve, innovate, work through frustrations of “it” not working out, adapting in real time, evolving and adding to our current skill-set, while also recognizing and challenging ourselves to be okay with different perspectives and opinions.
If practiced, Creativity can be a mental exercise that continues challenging us post childhood and can set us apart in competitive fields and within our business niches. The Mystic Nomad creates mindful opportunities for adults to be creative in a low pressure, fun, community environment. Through these creative experiences, we get to organically exercise and challenge our mind while also being present with ourselves as we reflect inward.
A side effect of these experiences is a deeper understanding and connection to the power of making something with our hands. The energy and love flowing from a creator embedded into the very fiber of the art itself, carrying intentional and conscious energy to the space it sits in. Many leave with a new found respect for handmade art and artists, as well as newly ignited creative drive.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am a maker in all ways – I love experimenting and learning every type of creative medium available to learn.
Back in 2018, I took a weaving workshop and instantly fell in love. I started from that point with a lap loom and never looked back. I use ancient knot tying techniques as well as weaving techniques from cultures all around the world. My style is textured, embellished, and often has mystical esoteric motifs, I’m specifically very drawn to the moon and metaphysical energy. I also like to incorporate raw wood and lava to my artwork, to act as a diffuser for essential oils. This adds another element for our senses to play with and creates a unique experience for the space my art hangs in.
Being creative is a vulnerability unique to its own and that comes with many struggles, so although supported, my journey has not been easy. It was filled with doubting my self-worth, listening to the negative narratives about professional artists and their mental health, comparison and envy of success, and the internal struggle of wanting to make a difference but not knowing how. These shadows were a part of my journey and aspects that I continue healing through on a constant basis. In a world where authenticity is not always easy to find, I really strive to ground all the decisions I make for The Mystic Nomad, in what brings me joy and aligns with my spirit.
My hope is that my art helps play a role in making a house a home, and that my workshops and content empower people to step into their own creativity, elevating their lives and businesses because of it
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
My husband and I are the ultimate explorers and always love showing our visiting friends around town. Drop us off on a street and we’ll make the best of it as we adventure our way around!
Film Bar now has a space at the Pemperton which is such a great community space. Although we love their original location and visit frequently, we have loved going to see outdoor movies at this new space.
Uptown farmers market is my favorite spot for breakfast, shopping and people watching. I love the community on central and the market is the best way to spend a Saturday morning.
Lucys at the orchard, the best place to catch up with friends, shop unique local finds and eat great food
First Friday is our favorite Phoenix night, we always love exploring a new area of Roosevelt and Grand. All the artists, musicians, and community coming together is always so special.
Although it didn’t replace the spot DeSoto market had in my heart, the Churchill is also a great space to connect and try different local spots.
Biophilia and Abundant Space for mindful conscious work that’s fun and empowering
Lacuna Kava Bar for a unique experience that’s not your typical “coffeehouse” vibe.
Basically, anywhere the community can gather together with a common interest or goal – I’m all about!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Many creators aren’t very lucky to have supportive parents that are okay with their kids choosing art as a profession career. I was incredibly blessed and privileged to not only have supportive parents but parents who encouraged my creativity and love of making.
My mom had me in a quilting class at 10, gave me the responsibility of a camera and film, found books about drawing, took us to the art museum, filled our walls with original paintings from artists all around the world. My mom showed me that creativity was something to celebrate, to be proud of and to do more of. She hung her own drawing in our kitchen reminding me every day that we are all capable of creating beauty. She would let me raid her paints, her beads, her fabric and let me stay up way past my bedtime imagining and creating. In college, I struggled through my senior year – the pressures of life after college looming. My mom would be on the phone with me every day encouraging my degree in art, telling me how close I was and showed up at the art gallery when 3 of pieces were selected in the final juried art show of my collegiate career
The support and love for me to follow what I truly love is now the very essence of who I am and thanks to my parents, and husband, I’ve never had to know a life without art or creativity.
I recognize that most don’t have this same story of support, my gratitude in what my mom gave me, is all the fuel I need to do that for others. A beacon of creativity ready to shine.
Robby Brown, 6b4125 Nick Patton