Vanilla Ink hits Kickstarter target to show at IJL

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Group hits target but still raising funds in final few hours.

Dundee jewellery collective Vanilla Ink has successfully achieved its goal to raise enough cash through social funding site Kickstarter to book a stand at London trade exhibition IJL in September.

Vanilla Ink has in fact gone over its target and has so far raised £7,992 from 238 backers. The window to pledge money to the project will close at just after 3pm today.

Originally the group had hoped to raise £6,000 to secure a stand at IJL for its jewellery designers but the funding has kept rolling in.

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Vanilla Ink will use the money to take nine jewellery designers to IJL: Filipa Oliveira, Leanne T Evans, Sally Anne Fenton, Joanne McFadyen, Victoria Kelsey, Ruth A Morrison, Audrey Reid, Robin Bell and Scarlett Erskine.

Morrison, who makes jewellery with Harris tweed, said: "It is a great opportunity for us to showcase our work at this prestigious fair. I’m from the isle of Scalpay, just off Harris, and this is a massive experience for me, as it is for all the Vanilla Inkers. This is somewhere I thought I would be in maybe five years plus, so to be able to get to London this September is massive, and hugely exciting.

"The money we have raised so far has got us our place at IJL but we have a long way to go yet. We have all our display, our marketing, our jewellery [to do], so any extra money we do get will all go towards that."

To entice last minute pledges, Vanilla Ink members have created new offers, selling their jewellery at less than retail price in exchange for pledges. A £30 pledge will get bidders a silver pendant with an engraved initial, £40 will get silver love letter pendant with engraved message, £45 a Scarlett Erskine ear cuff, £50 silver studs, £125 a one-off silver and rose quartz brooch by Sally Anne Fenton, as well as other jewels from Vanilla Ink members.

To make a last-minute pledge, or to find out more about the project, click here

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