JR Artisan SpotlightCaroline Inchyra
Founder and Creative Director
Describe your work in 5 words or less:
Archive-inspired printed linens
What inspires you?
Happily, I have never had a problem in knowing what’s coming next. I don’t think about it too much and then suddenly something will leap out at me. It’s often a chance find. I have worked up designs from old woven tablecloths to scraps from antique patchworks to old pieces of china and, of course, my antique fabric collection. I’ve been collecting textiles for as long as I can remember and these documents make their way into the collection when the moment is right.
How did you get your start in the industry:
Describe your studio/workspace:
My personal workspace is slightly chaotic – I constantly mean to have a studio that is immaculate but it seems that just isn’t me! I’m surrounded by cork boards covered in scraps of fabric and photographs. I can’t show you the boards right now as they are covered in things that might make it into the next collection – we work pretty much a year in advance so, having just launched the new Briar Collection, we’re now starting to pull things together for the next launch. Inchyra operates from the lower ground floor of our house – it’s wonderful having such a short commute but the other side of that is that it can be quite difficult to leave work behind.
Because we print to order we don’t have huge storage issues and my hope is that we will be able to run from home for some time yet. While it is organised chaos on the design side, I am obsessed with systems on the production side and, over the years, we have developed a very tight and efficient production system which means that we know at any one time exactly where every piece of fabric is down to the last few inches.
What’s makes your brand stand out from the rest:
I think it is the quality of the fabrics and the aesthetic – I am constantly hearing how wonderful our linens are to work with which is very gratifying. And on the aesthetic side, if people like what I like they will love the collection. I think my look is what I would call ‘relaxed traditional’: traditionally based but with a colour palette that brings it up to date and a softness and relaxed feel that comes from the pure linen.