name: Lisa Beamer
business name: Fibernymph Dye Works
website(s): fibernymph.com and the Shop is here.
What kind of items do you make?
I created hand-dyed yarn and spinning fiber, specializing in self-striping yarn and gradient-dyed yarn and fiber.
How long have you been in indie artist?
Almost two years!
What got you interested in your art of choice?
I’m been an avid knitter for years and I always enjoyed working with indie-dyed yarns. I finally decided to give it a go myself, and it’s been a great adventure!
What do you most enjoy about what you do?
I love playing with color…coming up with new colorways, putting colors together in unexpected ways. I also enjoy how much enjoyment other people get out of what I create. That’s very satisfying.
What most inspires you?
Color…I can find color inspiration in almost anything from nature around me to things I see in photos to the most mundane, everyday kinds of items. It’s like a puzzle, finding new ways to extract color combinations from the things in my world.
What makes your creations unique?
They’re unique because they are my babies…put a dozen dyers in a room and give them the same palette to work with, and they’ll all come up with unique creations. I love that about what my fellow indie dyers and I do!
Do you have a favorite item or colorway?
I really do love the gradient-dyed fibers…they can be spun up so many different ways and all yield unique yarns in the end.
Does being an indie fiber artist affect other aspects of your life?
We’re a homeschooling family with two teenagers, and my dyeing business is very much a family affair. Both of the teens, whom I affectionately refer to as my minions, put in a lot of time helping to get the yarn and fiber I create ready to go out to our customers. My husband, while not overly hands-on in the business, says nothing about the boxes and piles of yarn and fiber that have become a regular part of the landscape of our house, and he is always a source of encouragement to me.
What is your fiber arts superpower?
Wrangling colors in new and creative ways!