Celeste Meyeres channels energy, images, and stories through fibre arts. Carving a full-time career hand-knitting her designs for over a decade, Celeste’s technique and signature style is self-taught, after initially being shown the basics by her First Nations great-grandmother at the age of five.
“It’s not the paint that makes the painting a work of art,” Celeste explains. “The paint is the medium through which the painter brings both a part of themselves, and of the greater ether, to physical fruition.”
Storytelling was ultimately what inspired Celeste to submit to the Talenthouse brief “Design a show-stopping shawl for Stevie Nicks” back in 2014.
“I've always been a huge Stevie Nicks fan, and have felt that she has given such a vital part of her authentic vision to the global artistic community,” Celeste says.
“One of the things that I think defines her as exceptional is that she makes the listener feel a little uncomfortable with the unapologetic honesty of her songs. When I set out to design a shawl for her, I knew that I had to do a deep-dive into what I wanted to offer her and what energy I wanted to bring to her, based on truly seeing her, honoring her and offering something new and unique to someone who already possesses hundreds of shawls.”
When designing the shawl for Stevie, Celeste set out to tell a story that brought together her Southwestern roots as well as an emotional resonance. Deciding to go with diamond and triangular shapes to represent First Nations art and her heritage, Celeste also symbolised a raven in her design, with sleek black, feathery yarns and glimpses of silver sparkle.
“In First Nations lore, the Raven or Raven totem is thought to be a shapeshifter, the bringer of both light and sometimes of death, a trickster. Important and also very complicated. I felt that the Raven’s story was worthy of Stevie,” says Celeste.
The shawl in question was a mix of Celeste’s signature woven-look with open pattern stitches, and the original raven and triangular elements designed just for Stevie. Celeste describes the entirely black colour palette as very much a departure from the norm, often gravitating towards colour in her designs.
Of the design itself, Stevie Nicks said in a statement: “Ultimately, I chose NAY-TIV RAY-VIN by Crickets Meyeres. I felt this garment could have been made for Rhiannon or for Gold Dust Woman~ the color really isn’t that important. It just seems like a “Celtic” or a “native American” piece~ and I found that very interesting because it is obviously the tribal element that drew me to it~ be it Welsh or Southwestern.”
Out of over 600 entries, Celeste’s design was chosen. After enclosing a note encouraging Stevie to keep the shawl, despite the competition brief instruction that the winning shawl would be returned to designer, Stevie took Celeste up on the offer and wore the design for the remainder of Fleetwood Mac’s On With the Show tour.
Having previously created designs for Shannon Leto of 30 Seconds to Mars, Celeste describes how having her work singled out by Stevie Nicks brought a new level of validity to her designs.
“After creating Stevie’s 'Show-Stopping Shawl' for the Talenthouse creative brief (thank you all concerned, especially Mr Dave Stewart), I have since gone on to do design work for Disney, AMC. In addition to, of course, many, many pieces for fellow Stevie Nicks fans.”
“While it’s impossible to know whether I would have secured commissions from Disney and AMC if I hadn’t had previously designed for Ms Nicks, it most definitely did elevate my level of professionalism and name recognition.”
Despite the buzz and excitement that comes with being a one-artist studio and designing for one of the biggest names in music, for Celeste knitting remains primarily a moving meditation. “It's an exercise for my creative mind and causes me to be both soothed and invigorated.” Buoyed by the support of her customers, with whom Celeste resonates on a deep level, it is notably the feeling of connection enabled through creative sensibilities that Celeste most treasures.