Fast forward some perils and revelations later, I now come to work to get creative! Out with the over ironed business attire and in with the new old work cardigan and Vanilla Ink peenie. My new bosses are artists and they speak my language. I still don't know how I got so lucky as to get this apprenticeship. My friends and family kindly say its due to my skill, time studying and hard work - which of course I won't argue with but I am aware of how difficult it is to find a creative job within the craft sector. Most of my creative friends still don't have work never mind creative work. So, after a semi decent/semi disastrous interview I got the call offering me the apprenticeship. Me, who had next to no jewellery experience and who had been out of work for over 2 years had got the coveted apprenticeship. I beamed, laughed and jumped for joy for over 2 days after. Then went into panic as I was to start the approaching Monday and couldn't even remember to make a packed lunch anymore. But there's nothing like just getting straight into something you're anxious about.
Working with fellow artists is so different than my time working as a banking customer advisor or insurance claims administrator. And yes, both jobs were as boring as they sounded. Not only were these jobs boring but also had a huge impact on my mental health. But now, no longer do it dread going into work. I now have two amazing artists, jeweller entrepreneurs as my bosses who just happen to speak my language, Art. They also easily understand my 'thick Scots accent'..
For anyone who doesn't know of Vanilla Ink, co-founders and directors Kate Clifford and Scott McIntyre, they are wonderful, inspiring people. I don't regularly meet or come from a place that boasts enthusiastic, aspiring and inspiring talented creators. I've been catching myself just watching them and trying to visually take in what they do and learn how they manage to do it so well. They are the creative influences I never had, I now christen them my 'work parents'.