Da'Mon Butler Adorments by NOMAD3176 "Icing"
As a young Child I was always interested in Fashion and Fashion Design. I Knew I was going to be a Fashion Designer. The Path I took was one that I had to take to get to where I wanted to be and that I am now.
I was born in Detroit, MI and I am the second oldest of four children by my mother and the forth oldest by my biological Father. My Mother remarried and my Step father who was born and raised in Beckley, WV relocated us when Detroit got to the Point where it was too dangerous for us to live. Beckley was sooooo different from Detroit that it took some years for me to re-adjust.
During my Years of junior High School I was voted the Best dressed all three Years. After Graduation from High School I join the Army. The Army afforded the opportunity to Travel the World. My Base was in Karlsruhe Germany, from there I traveled to over ten different Counties.
It was reported in “City Beat, Arts and Culture Section “that (“if there’s a living example of the idiom that one man’s trash is another man’s Treasure its Damon Butler.) I have been living in Cincinnati for Several Years after having a dream that I lived here. The dream that I had on Monday night was sooo moving that I went to work the next day quit my job and moved to Cincinnati that Friday.
After being homeless for eight months, I Secured a job and found housing and I was off on my next journey which was and is designing Jewelry. The name NOMAD3176 was formed from a sign that was designed and written backward of my first name (Da’ Mon) and the 3176 is my date of birth (March, 17, 1966). The Name seemed to encapsulate my Company and Me.
My 25 or so years of retail experience and 8 years of Military experience and life has been the best teacher for me. I have been designing and creating one of a kind Jewelry Pieces for 17+ years. My intro into Designing Clothing happened out of a need and want to wear and sell Clothing that was also one of a kind works of Art. I call my Designs “ICING” because if you know anything about me I love cake. Most cake is great by itself but it is even better with Icing. I feel the same about people, on the surface People are great by themselves but they are even better with My Icing …
I didn’t originally in to sell my jewelry, I intended to just make it for me but the word got out that I Created and designed one of a kind Jewelry and the demand hasn’t slowed down yet. I use a diverse array of fabrics ( Denim, Upholstery Fabric and my Designs and one size fits most) and Materials for my Designs ( pony tail beads and bicycle inner tubes ) , anything that you can think of I have used to create.
Sometimes we as Americans, we are quick to judge and criticize people for being different, we should embrace and encourage that. I have created over 1,700+ pieces and no desire to stop now.
“IF I COULDN’T CREATE, I DON’T THINK I WOULD WANT TO EXIST.” Follow Da'Mon on instagram
Tina Gutierrez - Photographer
Tina’s practice is grounded in her study of art, movement and music. She is a longtime student of Developmental Movement, including Feldenkreis and Alexander technique, and very deliberately composes the human figure and its activity. Tina is also a musician. She performs widely on the lute and Renaissance flute, and directs the early music chamber group, The Shakespeare Band. Her cultural connection to the Renaissance/Baroque period extends to The Visual world as well as music, especially sculpture. Depicting classical balance and beauty in the human form is a hallmark of Tina’s work.
When not composing scenes in the studio or on-site, Tina is a freelance photographer with a broad clientele including The Cincinnati Symphony, Linton Chamber Music, Movers and Makers Magazine, Queen City Chamber Opera, Concert Nova, MYCincinnati, UC-College Conservatory of Music, and Procter and Gamble. She has photographed many Grammy award winning musicians.
Tina’s work has been widely exhibited, at FotoFocus 2016 at The Cincinnati YWCA, Washington Park Art Gallery, Kennedy Heights arts Center, The Art Academy, Xavier University and other spaces.
Tina’s early life was spent growing up in the antique business. Her Cuban/Appalachian heritage had a big part in her family choosing to work with antiquities from other cultures including South American and African tribal arts. She later worked in fashion as well as being a musician. Her antiques background and later work in fashion drew her immediately to the work of Da’Mon Butler. His bold modern statements in Fashion and Accessories are new and original yet authentic to Ancestral adornments.
Photographing this project “re-Adorned” was a year-long journey in exploring movement, fashion and authenticity. For more information on Tina see her website