Broadwick Fibers, New Holiday Featured Artisan, Turns Luxurious, Noble Fibers Into Beautiful Home Go
Camille McMurry, Broadwick Fibers' creator, designer, and queen of luxurious cozy textiles, makes beautiful chunky blankets, throws, rugs, and scarves out of 100% merino wool, alpaca, mohair, and silk.
FF: Why did you begin your handmade journey?
BF: My handmade Journey actually started in a very corporate setting. I started my career as a fashion buyer in London for a high end British brand called Jaeger. My daily work included everything from sourcing fabrics to fitting the garments to negotiating prices, but knitwear development was always my passion. There is just something about participating in the creation of a finished product, using all natural fibers, that absolutely delights me. I started Broadwick Fibers so I could get closer to the yarn development and dyeing process and so that I could continue my career back in Denver.
FF: How did you begin your handmade journey?
BF: The only way to describe the beginning of my journey is to say that it was “a bit cramped”- I’ll never forget the day that the DHL driver came with my very first order of wool - 170pounds of sustainably sourced, Australian Merino. It took up well over a quarter of the floor space in our tiny London flat. I was both joyful and very nervous, but I haven’t looked back since. I’ve since moved home to Denver and now have a lovely detached studio, which I am immensely grateful for!
FF: What lead you to your current line of goods?
BF: I was lead to my current line of blankets through a combination of following market trends and my passion for drawing something uniquely beautiful out of the ordinary. I had noticed that the knitwear industry was making a move towards chunkier styles, and I wanted to harness this move and introduce it in the realm of home wares. In essence, I just make blankets, but Broadwick blankets are unique because they are made from only the highest quality, natural fibers that would usually reserved for clothing industry. Furthermore, they are hand dyed and finished using a unique felting technique that provides both practical durability and a striking appearance. To me, they are the perfect example of an ordinary item at its very best.
FF: What materials do you work with & why?
BF: I use only the highest quality and sustainably sourced natural fibers. Merino Wool and Alpaca Fleece are my two fibers of choice. These two are both gorgeous natural fleeces, but they have very different properties. I love working with Merino for its luster and volume and with alpaca for its warmth, durability, and beautiful array of natural colors.
FF: What inspires your work?
BF: I think my work is inspired, deep down, by my family. My grandmother gave me a love for the fine clothes and fabrics and my mother a love for working with my hands. Broadwick Fibers is a happy marriage of my natural gifts and I wouldn’t want to do anything else.
FF: What excites you for the future?
BF: So much excites me about the future! I have recently started working with the ACC (African community center) in Denver to employ refugees. I would love this partnership to continue to grow and for Broadwick Fibers to be a blessing in our community.
FF: Any advice for makers and biz entrepreneurs new to our creative community?
BF: I would say to never stop dreaming, it sounds cliché, but positivity really does open doors that you wouldn’t otherwise be able to see. Find a way to be flexible, but also to stay true to your vision.
FF: Anything else you'd like to tell us?
BF: I’m so excited to be a part of Firefly! It is only my second art fair, so I’m a bit of a newbie, but looking forward to getting involved in the local Colorado artisan community.
Shop and visit with Camille of Broadwick Fibers at Firefly Handmade Holiday Market, December 10 - 11, 10am - 4pm both days, Twenty Ninth Street shopping district , 1710 29th St., Boulder, CO.