It has been a whirlwind time from when we closed our doors in Dundee last year and opened our new ones in Glasgow. One huge milestone for us is beginning our Vanilla Ink Programme for the 3rd time.
We are so excited to tell you that we have an incredible bunch of jewellers and for the first time, a silversmith! I am incredibly proud of the programme that we have developed and really can't wait for the Inkers to start their journey on the 11th of April. The Vanilla Ink programme is an intense 6 month programme of professional development workshops, skills development workshops, mentoring and bespoke advice.
We will be delving in to the work and ethos behind the Inkers of 2016 a little bit deeper later on with a dedicated blog post for each but for now, can you join me in welcoming the next Vanilla Inkers;
Beth Watson is a graduate from Grays School of Art, her work is thoughtfully designed, stylish jewellery and objects which take inspirations from historical sources. Beth has her studio based in Ayrshire and will be joining us on the Professional Development Programme of Vanilla Ink.
Amy Dunnachie recently graduated from Glasgow School of Art, Amy's work is a collection from childhood memories and using mixed media to translate that. Amy will be joining us from the Isle of Jura each month to take part on the Professional Development programme.
Gemma Brownlie is our token Silversmith! Graduating from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee. Focussing on silversmith in her final year, Gemma is a process led maker. Learning whilst making is what pushes Gemma to create her pieces.
Femke Stokkel comes to us as a trained Graphic Designer with a keen interest in jewellery. Primarily taught through evening classes at the wonderful Silverhub Studios. Originally from Holland her work can often be inspired by the boldness and simplicity of designers such as Gielijn Escher and movements such as De Stijl. Femke is taking part in our full Vanilla Ink Programme and will be basing herself in the studios within MAKLab.
Sophie Warringham is another recent graduate from Glasgow School of Art. She finds her inspiration in colours and patterns which influences her use of enamels within her work. Sophie will be basing her practice in Vanilla Ink and joins us on the full programme.
Hannah Grace Ryan (HGR) is someone who has been in the industry a couple of years and has developed the Garnet Collective, a collection of contemporary jewellers promoting themselves and their work through events. Hannah's work is inspired and informed by history. HGR explores art and design from prominent historical periods, and her research influences her to take ancient techniques and aesthetics, and attempt to modernise them.
Aileen Bolton is another of our self taught jewellers. Keen to take her jewellery in to full time work Aileen is inspired by repetitive forms and surface texture using natural forms and architectural man made forms as reference.
The day has kicked off and the Inkers have been introduced with a wonderful session from Carol Sinclair and we are about to build dens with Waste of Paint Production.