The class of 2018 has been announced...
After a year's break to set up the Vanilla Ink Jewellery School, the Vanilla Ink Professional Development Programme for emerging jewellers and silversmiths is back.
We have seven incredibly talented jewellers and silversmiths from across Scotland to welcome into the Inker family. They will begin their journey next week and will embark on a voyage of discovery. Each will be assigned a mentor from the design industry to support them on their epic quest for knowledge. The monthly sessions will take them through the vital steps they need to think about when setting up a jewellery or silversmith business, picking up insights, tips and skills along the way. All this will result in a business plan to help map out their future in craft.
Please welcome (from left to right) Emma Wylie Jewellery, Kate McLaughlin, Pottle Jewellery, Lois Jane Jewellery, Alexandra Myles Silversmith and Jeweller, Christina Vernon, Behind Bracken.
Kate McLaughlin - With a background in Architecture, Kate learned her craft through various short courses. Using her love for straight edges, 3D forms and simple graphic quality, Kate created her Tail Finn Collection. Her current designs take a look at framing negative space and creating a void or empty space within the piece. Kate strives to create pieces that are elegant in their simplicity and focus on form. Follow Kate through her instagram here.
Lois Jane Jewellery - Harking from the North East of Scotland, Lois is a recent graduate from Birmingham School of Jewellery and now artist in residence at Glasgow School of Art. She likes to create fun, colourful jewellery in non-precious and precious metals. She likes to think of her work as a colourful celebration of home and heritage! Follow Loisjanejewellery on Instagram.
Behind Bracken - Is the brand of Ashley Lovie. Growing up in a picturesque rural area north of Aberdeen, Ashley attended Gray's school of art and pursued her passion for jewellery making. The elements that feature predominantly in her work are small scale delicate designs, the the ability to be layered, textures through pattern and considerate design for everyday use and wear. Follow Ashley's brand on instagram for her journey.
Pottle Jewellery - Eileen's designs focus on simple architectural forms combined with the more detailed elements of cast figures which hint at an unknown story. Inspired by the idyllic charm of the French Riviera, Eileen uses laser cut wood to create simple linear forms which bring a subtle playfulness to an outfit. You can follow Pottle's colourful instagram over here.
Alexandra Myles Silversmithing and Jewellery - Also graduating from Glasgow School of Art in 2017, Alex likes exploring the use of ‘armour/weapons’ in nature by looking at the protective defence mechanisms of animals and plant life. She often incorporates thorns into her work and designs, as they are both a defence mechanism as well as a weapon. The function of her work is important to Alex and often informs the design and aesthetic. Follow Alex's journey on instagram.
Christina Vernon Jewellery - Christina's work is heavily influenced by her home town of Arbroath and in particular the harbour areas. Bursts of colour from enamelling, combined with chain, found objects and metalwork creates Christina's striking work. Christina now works for former Inker Scarlett Erskine and Dundee based jeweller Islay Spalding. You can follow the things she gets up to over on instagram.
Emma Wylie Jewellery - Originally from Cumbria, Emma moved to Scotland a couple of years ago. Her current collections are inspired by natural objects found whilst beach-combing the coastlines of Scotland and Northern England. Using her own moulds of these objects and a technique similar to ceramic slip casting, in combination with wax carving, Emma tries to capture the tactile quality of the objects that many of us pick up from the beach. Follow Emma's beautiful work over on instagram.
We are very excited to work with the 7 Inkers, keep up with our journey on our instagram and wish them luck!