THE MENTORING

Vanilla Ink takes the time to pair you with a mentor that will most benefit your practice based on your application. Your mentor will not necessarily be industry specific, but be tailored to your needs to offer a broad range of experience and skills. The Inker will have minimum 9 hours of one-to-one, bespoke mentoring to support their place on the programme and will be assigned their mentor at the beginning of the course. The Inkers are also expected to take part in Critical Response, a peer to peer support session, where you will work with the 'Inker' group to facilitate and encourage each other during the Vanilla Ink programme.  

 

'With the support of my mentor, I made achievable goals for the year. In one year I have gained funding, made a new collection, organised a photo shoot, secured stockists, exhibited at New Designers One Year On, had my jewellery on the catwalk at Scottish Jewellery Week and had lots of orders for special commissions. I've learnt a lot and grown in confidence.'

Kirsty Stewart Inker of 2014

'My Mentor was the perfect match - he gave insight into pricing, and my target market that I would have never had.'

Femke Stokkel-Lennon Inker of 2016

previous mentors

Gilly Langton Gilly Langton is based in the Scottish Highlands, in the fishing village of Plockton. Her luxury jewellery company focuses on unique design and craftsmanship. The stunning coast line of breathtaking seascapes and nautical references is the inspiration behind Gilly striking silver and hand dyed elastic jewellery of bold necklaces, voluminous bangles and eye-catching earrings.

Gilly Langton

Gilly Langton is based in the Scottish Highlands, in the fishing village of Plockton. Her luxury jewellery company focuses on unique design and craftsmanship. The stunning coast line of breathtaking seascapes and nautical references is the inspiration behind Gilly striking silver and hand dyed elastic jewellery of bold necklaces, voluminous bangles and eye-catching earrings.

Laura Spring Laura Spring is a textile designer/maker living and working in Glasgow creating bold graphic print designs that are transformed through screen and digital print into fashion accessories, homeware and stationary. She is a graduate of Glasgow School of Art where she was awarded a BA in graphic design in 2002.

Laura Spring

Laura Spring is a textile designer/maker living and working in Glasgow creating bold graphic print designs that are transformed through screen and digital print into fashion accessories, homeware and stationary. She is a graduate of Glasgow School of Art where she was awarded a BA in graphic design in 2002.

Pete Thomas Pete runs Tom Pigeon, a creative studio he founded with his wife Kirsty Thomas in 2014.  Based on the East Coast of Scotland, the studio designs simple, crafted and affordable things, made with care to be enjoyed, as well as taking on creative commissions and consultancy work. 

Pete Thomas

Pete runs Tom Pigeon, a creative studio he founded with his wife Kirsty Thomas in 2014. 

Based on the East Coast of Scotland, the studio designs simple, crafted and affordable things, made with care to be enjoyed, as well as taking on creative commissions and consultancy work. 

 
Nikki McWilliams Nikki McWilliams is Creative Director, Founder and Chief Biscuit Sampler at Nikki McWilliams Ltd. Nikki studied Fine Art at Dundee's Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, before going on to create her own homeware and accessories label in 2009. From making keyrings to sell to class-mates to co-founding a series of hand-made markets; Nikki has always had a passion for creative business and aspired to be her own boss from a young age. 

Nikki McWilliams

Nikki McWilliams is Creative Director, Founder and Chief Biscuit Sampler at Nikki McWilliams Ltd.

Nikki studied Fine Art at Dundee's Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, before going on to create her own homeware and accessories label in 2009.

From making keyrings to sell to class-mates to co-founding a series of hand-made markets; Nikki has always had a passion for creative business and aspired to be her own boss from a young age. 

Katie Lees Katie Lees is a Scottish jewellery designer and maker based in Glasgow. Through her Heirloom range Katie seeks to create treasures of the future. She works with you to craft a unique, unexpected statement that you’ll cherish for years to come. These bespoke, unconventional pieces sit amongst her ready-to-wear range of re-worked classics, so you can choose, or tailor, your perfect future heirloom.

Katie Lees

Katie Lees is a Scottish jewellery designer and maker based in Glasgow.

Through her Heirloom range Katie seeks to create treasures of the future. She works with you to craft a unique, unexpected statement that you’ll cherish for years to come. These bespoke, unconventional pieces sit amongst her ready-to-wear range of re-worked classics, so you can choose, or tailor, your perfect future heirloom.

Colin Fraser Colin Fraser works with silver and jewellery from antique and historic to modern and contemporary. Working within such ranges gives a unique insight into the objects, skills and markets. No matter the discipline it is working closely with collectors that gives the most enjoyment, finding that ‘missing’ object that enhances a collection, no matter the size. As a Director of Elements I see the contemporary as an integral part of the history of silver and while it is the future it inextricably links with the past.

Colin Fraser

Colin Fraser works with silver and jewellery from antique and historic to modern and contemporary. Working within such ranges gives a unique insight into the objects, skills and markets. No matter the discipline it is working closely with collectors that gives the most enjoyment, finding that ‘missing’ object that enhances a collection, no matter the size. As a Director of Elements I see the contemporary as an integral part of the history of silver and while it is the future it inextricably links with the past.

The Vanilla Ink programme will run again in February 2018 and applications are now open. Please download the guidelines and apply from there. Deadline is midnight 7th of January 2018.