Vanilla Ink takes the time to pair you with the mentor that will most benefit your practice. The mentor will not necessarily be industry specific 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. The Inkers are also expected to take part in peer support mentoring sessions, Critical Response, where you will work with the others in the group, to facilitate and support each other during Vanilla Ink.
'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
The Vanilla Ink programme will run again in February 2018, if you are interested in becoming an Inker please fill out the form on this page.
THE MENTORS OF 2016
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.
Her extensive career as an International jewellery designer as led her to Exhibit at, LOOT at the Museum of Art and Design, New York, and Goldsmiths Fair, London. She’s a member of Contemporary Applied Arts, London and has created exclusive Collections for the British Museum and Women’s Henley Regatta. Her collections can be seen at a wide range of fabulous stockists including Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, National Galleries of Scotland and the Design Museum, London.
Gilly is mentoring Amy Dunnachie on this years programme.
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.
With an enormous love for colour, print, pattern and process, Laura aims to create products and designs based around these ideals. Bold patterns mixed with bright colours transformed into beautifully crafted products underpin Laura’s work.
Laura is committed to supporting local manufacturing and ethical methods of production in the creation of her work.
Laura also enjoys working to commission and has created exclusive designs and products for Lush, Belle & Sebastian and The National Trust for Scotland amongst several others.
Laura is mentoring Hannah Grace Ryan on this years programme.
Jane Gowans is the founder of street style blog COBBLED and a designer with 5 years experience in the fashion jewellery sector. Her brand held celebrity fans including Emeli Sande, Emma Thomson and MTV's Laura Whitmore. Jane's retail knowledge spans boutiques, luxury department stores including Harvey Nichols and online selling.
Jane is mentoring Beth Watson on this years programme.
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.
Before Tom Pigeon Pete spent 16 years working with Uniform, a creative consultancy he co-founded in Liverpool and more recently he taught design at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Dundee. He has exhibited work at SXSW in Austin, Texas, London Design Festival, Il Compasso di Latta, La Triennale di Milano and The Design Musuem, London.
Pete is mentoring Femke Stokkel Lennon on this years programme.
A graduate of the Glasgow School of Art Katie is a designer / maker whose unique style is defined by the perhaps incongruous concept of creating finely crafted jewellery, of silver and semi-precious stones, from the heavy industrial aesthetic of the shipbuilding history that has moulded her home city of Glasgow.
From her studio in the heart of Glasgow, these evocative forms are translated by hand into finely crafted jewellery. Her unique style lends itself well to bold statement pieces as well as smaller, more subtle forms.
Crafted from precious metals, each piece is hand finished, plated and hallmarked in Scotland.
Katie is mentoring Sophie Warringham on this years programme.
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 is mentoring Gemma Brownlie on this years programme.
Joanne MacFadyen is a Dundee based jeweller and the founder of Tea Green Events. With a diverse creative practice, led by a passion for making in all forms, she is a strong advocate for the wealth of high quality independent creative talent based in Scotland.
Through Tea Green Joanne is committed to creating a platform for independent artist, designers & contemporary craft practitioners to showcase their work. She firmly believes in the importance of a strong, dynamic and sustained creative community and in the wider social & cultural potential benefits it has.
Joanne is mentoring Aileen Bolton on this years programme.