I really like meeting new people. I'm an extrovert by nature, and my energy increases when I can connect with people. Especially crafters. Since most of the people I "meet" in my line of work are actually via e-mail or phone, I enjoy doing these mini-interviews so that I can get to know people better. So why not share what I've learned with you? It helps me feel more connect to the people who hand make my goods- to know what inspired a colorway I love, to know what they might have been thinking about while they splashed color on a skein. I hope you get that feeling too.
So let's learn a bit more about Maegan and what inspires her in her work at The Cyborg's Craft Room. The photos I'm sharing of finished projects throughout are used with permission of Maegen and her friend Melissa. Great work, ladies!
Allison @ SSYC: Hi Maegen! It's so fab to have your yarn at the shop. When I opened the boxes of goodies, I had to stop myself from grabbing everything I wanted before my customers got the chance to choose. You really have a way with color. Tell me a bit about what brought you to dyeing yarn.
Maegan: I've been involved in creative arts for as long as I can remember and I tend to have a “hey I can do that” attitude, whether I should or not. I started dyeing soon after I learned how to knit. I would get these ideas in my head for the exact yarn I wanted for a project, and then become frustrated when I couldn't find it to my ridiculous and exact specifications. “Hey, I can do that,” I said, and bought some supplies. It turned out that not only could I, but I loved every second of it, and it was all I could think about and all that I wanted to do. When the restaurant I was cooking in closed, I decided to take a chance and sell the yarn I'd been dyeing. I haven't looked back, sat down, or had a “day job” since.
Allison: We're certainly all benefiting from your "hey I can do that" attitude! Tell me the story of the name, The Cyborg's Craft Room.
Maegan: We all have moments where we feel like a drone of the Collective. The idea came from the notion that everyone needs a place to escape the hive mind, and that's what I've always envisioned The Cyborg's Craft Room to be. I like to think that by expressing my personality through dyeing, I provide interesting tools to help other people express themselves as well. The name itself is also a loose play on the comic book shop from The Simpsons, the Androids Dungeon & Baseball Card Shop.
Allison: So then, are you a Trekkie like me? And do you have a favorite series and episode?
Maegan: I started watching The Next Generation with my older brother when I was a child, and it's been true love ever since. As far as favorite series goes, I would say TNG for sentimental reasons, but really I think DS9 is a far better series. Asking me to pick a favorite episode is like asking me to pick a favorite colorway or asking parents to pick a favorite child. There is very possibly an answer to the question, but no one wants to say it out loud.
Allison: Well, I'll say it. I have a favorite child. It's the one that's being more quiet... (ahem.)
Tell me about how you come up with the names for your colors.
Maegan: The names come from everywhere. Space and aquatic life are seemingly never ending sources of inspiration for me. I am also an avid reader and art, film, theater, and music are extremely important parts of my life. I really enjoy taking them apart and translating the idea behind them or one small part of them into color schemes. Of course there are also times when I look at a new colorway and it just tells me its name. Who am I to argue with the yarn? It is the absolute best part of my job. I worked as a makeup artist for a long time, and would tell people that my dream job was to be the person that named the lipsticks – this is about as close as it gets.
Allison: Tell me a bit about your dye process. Do you have a color in your head when you start? Or do you layer until you get something similar to what you were hoping? Do you kettle dye or paint, or does it depend on the color?
Maegan: For the most part every colorway begins with an idea and then a mockup color palette before I start dyeing, but occasionally I like to walk on the wild side and make things up as I go. The dye technique I use depends on the color, and some are a combination of several.
Allison: Where does this dyeing take place? A kitchen, a studio?
Maegan: I started out just dyeing on the stove top in my kitchen, and then expanded with some portable burners. Once I started tripping the kitchen breaker regularly I expanded further into my living room, which has now become the overflow dye studio, my office, and shipping and receiving. I am lucky to have hardwood floors and housemates that don't mind that I've taken over most of the main floor of our house.
Allison: Well, thank you for taking time away from dyeing to share your inspiration with us. It took less than a day for your colors to start disappearing from our website. I look forward to seeing what you come up with next!