Dundee-based studio to welcome eight new designers for 2013-14.

Dundee-based jewellery hub Vanilla Ink has opened submissions for its 2013-14 programme, with eight places available for emerging jewellery designers.

Vanilla Ink aims to promote, support and facilitate jewellers for a year in the fledgling stages of their career. Vanilla Ink has recorded a successful first year in which its eight jewellers won Kickstarter support to show at IJL in September.


Vanilla Ink founder and director Kate Pickering said: “We think there is a difference between making jewellery and being a jeweller; that the difference between having a dream and making it real is understanding the market and your place in it; there is a need for a supportive transition from education to independent success as a maker.”

The applications process is open until July 21 and applications can be downloaded from Vanilla Ink’s website.

Current Vanilla Ink designer Robin Bell said of the past year spent at Vanilla Ink: "I hadn’t been able to do too much
making until I joined Vanilla Ink, as trying to do it at home on the kitchen table just isn’t practical. Knowing the workshop space is available 24/7 is great. If I wasn’t at Vanilla Ink, I’d probably still be trying to progress my business and working from the kitchen table."

The Vanilla Ink studio works as a supportive incubator enabling new designer jewellers to develop and grow their business in a fully equipped workshop. ‘Inkers’ are given unlimited access to workshop space, peer support, mentoring and professional development workshops for one year only to equip each Inker with confidence and business skills going forward.

To read Professional Jeweller’s in-depth interview with Kate Pickering of Vanilla Ink, click here.

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