After a successful start in Vanilla Ink, a long overdue New Year home clean out and many skillfully composed slips on an icy Kelvingrove Park (watch out for the crossing of icy death beneath the very poised but casual gazing soldier monument!) I entered into my second week in Vanilla Ink Jewellery School and Studios.
Something I never expected to be doing in my second week in work was seeing myself on the tele. STV had come in the week before to film us (Kate, Scott and I) in the Vanilla Ink school doing our thing . Being only my third day in Vanilla Ink that day, I had little idea of anything I was doing and even less ability to talk about what I was doing. So, luckily my only participation was to be filmed demonstrating soldering a ring closed. Which I completely failed at. I instead melted the ring and without closing the gap one little bit. 👍
I'd like to say it was the pressure of the camera rather than my ability but sadly I've came to realise I'm terrible at soldering! And melting too. With fire being one of my favourite things, I'm utterly disappointed in myself. After multiple attempts again today at soldering ring joins and even more to melt silver into a nugget it's obvious I'm sh** at soldering and smelting. Kate and Scott jinxed it by saying I had such great natural ability. Girl can't even melt metal now! 👎
On a good note, it's been brilliant getting to know more about the 'work parents' and why they created Vanilla Ink. Although I dreaded the STV cameras and lights it was great listening in to Kate and Scott being interviewed about what they do. The tele spot + interview is available on STV player online if you'd like to watch, jump to 14.40 for Vanilla Ink! You'll catch Kate and Scott professionally talking about their passion any business with me internally panicking in the background trying to look like I'm doing a good job.
Both have such endearing reasons for creating the jewellery school and studio and are also so passionate about helping and learning. Something we all could be more passionate about. Their ideas and collaborations for the upcoming months to continue their goal of "educating, empowering and inspiring" are very exciting! I'll look forward to being able to give you more details as they progress.
I'm also very lucky to be attending some symposiums and workshops in the next few weeks on creativity and business through Vanilla Ink. I'll also be sharing on these, with the amount of talented and established creatives attending I'm sure it will be valuable stuff.
Until then here are some interview screenshot outtakes of Kate and Scott.