Here at Vanilla Ink we fully believe that branding is more than a logo, actually, we think you don’t even need to have a logo! It’s people’s biggest misconception about running a creative business. Find out more about what we mean in our recent interview with our Industry INKspert ilka, our brand expert as part of our Vanilla INKubator business mentoring programme.Read More
How do you set up, grow and sustain your jewellery business? Vanilla Ink can help you navigate your way into setting up and running your jewellery business. Our INKubator Programme is delivered by industry experts who each share their knowledge and skills to give you the confidence to take your practice to the next level.
In our latest blog post we speak to Carol Sinclair, the glue that holds the programme together and a woman you will grow to miss! A ceramist and business advisor for over 15 years, she delivers workshops that are interactive, thought provoking and sometimes uncomfortable, but promises to be challenging and give you the skills for life.Read More
Learning how to develop and grow your jewellery business after some time out can leave you questioning where to start. Our interview with jeweller Ashley Lovie of Behind Bracken reflects on our jewellery business INKubator and how it has played a pivotal role in the progression of her brand.
My goals were to gain a better understanding of how to run a business, to build on some of my skills and to refine and develop my brand.
You’ve learned how to make jewellery, so what now? Do you want to make jewellery? Do you want to work for another jeweller in the workshop or designing? Or can your skills be transferable and take a different path?
A jeweller can come in all shapes and sizes. Founder, Kate is jeweller but she doesn’t sit at a bench and create jewellery, she sits at a desk and creates opportunities for jewellers. Co-Director, Scott is a goldsmith and spends his time making exquisite pieces of jewellery to be adorned.
In a series of interviews with past INKers, we will talk to jewellers who have shown different journey’s since being part of the INKubator Programme. Up first is Amy Dunnachie from the first INKubator Programme we ran in Glasgow after our move in 2014.Read More
We know that establishing, running and growing a jewellery business can be tough and sometimes isolating, so we are here to support you. Our INKubator Programme is designed to help you with your business, providing you with the tools and knowledge to confidently grow your practice.
In a new series of blog posts, ‘Get INKspired’ is here to introduce you to our INKubator in an exciting programme of interviews and insights.
First up in the series is an interview with The Smiddy our sister site in Banff, Aberdeenshire where our first ever residential for the programme will take place in January 2020. Find out all about The Smiddy and our team.Read More
Preparing for New Designers or any Craft and Trade fair can be daunting. I have been in your shoes and no one prepared me. I was once an exhibitor and have now been attending New Designers every year as a visitor since 2009. I have put together some tips completely based on my own views and what I want to see as an observer. Have a read and learn how to prepare for New Designers.Read More
It has been Degree Show season and Scott and I managed to make it to Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow’s Degree Shows. I’ve taken some time to feature just a handful of my favourites. The standard this year was very high and we thoroughly enjoyed them all. If you missed them, take a look and see what I thought. Kate xRead More
We are looking to develop an Advisory/Steering Group who can help guide the business into what is a busy, but bright future - this will be our Vanilla thINK.
We are looking for people who have an interest in the creative industries who would love to help this company flourish and be a part of a really exciting business. Vanilla Ink will benefit from an advisory group to give us the opportunity to ask questions, report back, be held accountable, generate new ideas and learn from others. We are at a pivotal point in our company and could really thrive with the input of others to help steer us in the right direction.Read More
Jeweller in Resident Ashley Lovie attended The Incorporation of Goldsmiths’ symposium, Making Impact. A day exploring the environmental impact making has and what changes are happening across the world to bring you more ethical jewellers. This is Ashley’s take aways from the jam packed day.Read More