I would like to introduce you all to Vanilla Ink. It is a new initiative founded in 2009 by Kate Pickering who studied Jewellery and Metal Work at Duncan of Jordanstone and then went on to study a Masters of Design at The University of Dundee. Currently, Kate spends one day a week in the jewellery department at Dundee University, engaging with students observing how their work is developing for post graduation.
So what is it?
Vanilla Ink aims to support Jewellery graduates in making the big step into the real world. Vanilla Ink empowers the graduates as it is their chance to make a mark in the Jewellery world. It is a one year course that offers time, space and education. It is the missing link into industry.
“As a designer, I delve into the connections between jewellery, story telling and narratives. I believe jewellery hold endless opportunities to enhance the wearer’s relationship with memories. As Founder of Vanilla Ink, my goal is to truly empower jewellery graduates."
How can I get involved?
Jewellery students are pretty excited about this so I would ask you to follow Kate's blog www.vanilliaink.wordpress.com and follow her on twitter www.twitter.com/katesjewellery
If you are a student in Dundee chances are you will bump into Kate in the corridor so drop her an email and arrange to have a hot chocolate.
Jewellers - this service is for YOU so leave comments, ask questions and spread the word.