Meg Elaine Veitenheimer received a pair of beaded porcupine quill earrings and a matching necklace from her Grandmother while she was a child, in addition to countless golden guardian angel pins. Her maternal Grandmother Marge lived on the Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) Red Lake Reservation until she was a teenager, and later made her living as a seamstress while raising eleven children. Her Great-Grandma Grams was sent as a child to the Wahpeton residential boarding school where she tried to run away train-hopping with her friends, and Meg remembers her avidly crocheting, cheering on WWE, and saying “blueberry pie” in Ojibwe. Both women worked for Minnetonka (mni tanka, meaning great water in Dakota) Moccasins while labor was sourced by Native women locally in Minnesota. At the heart of Meg’s beadwork are her grandmothers.
Sharing her middle name (Elaine) with her mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, the name “Nelie G. Mae” was realized by making an anagram of her name. With Meg's sister currently working in the fiber arts industry (Like it’s Sunday), and with memories of their mom sewing matching holiday outfits and summer dresses in the 90’s, it seems the art of stitching and weaving is a common thread to their lineage.
Intentionality in every piece
Bio photo by: Jenny Champion
Creating stitched beadwork is an intimate process that takes practice, skill, and intention. Meg treats each beaded adornment as an individual entity and eases into it's unique quality and spirit. The process is extremely meditative, while each bead weaves together her maternal roots and contemporary aesthetic.
Meg finds herself enthralled to learn new ways in which Nelie G. Mae pieces can support the freedom of authentic expression in each wearer. The results are distinguishable in Nelie G. Mae design, where each item is truly a one-of-a-kind, just like people.
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