A B O U T
A nine month part-time jewellery business Programme to inspire you, transform your creative practice and kick-start your business.
Maker led and Maker designed with creativity at its core. A carefully interwoven set of activities, opportunities and a hive of support to generate maximum impact.
Vanilla Ink curates the Programme to offer the tools, knowledge, experience and confidence to take your practice and put it into motion. We partner with industry professionals and expert trainers to give you six workshops on how to run your creative practice. These sessions will then develop into a business plan, becoming a tangible document that will continue to develop as you evolve. This will be presented alongside your ideas to a panel of experts and on offer is the chance to gain financial support for your business.
The INKers will take part in highly effective ‘Critical Review’ sessions twice throughout the programme, which are facilitated by Carol Sinclair, a vastly experienced craft business advisor. When participating in these productive sessions, you and your fellow INKers are encouraged to support each other within the Programme.
Listening to the needs of the maker, Vanilla Ink has added Skills Development to its Programme, working with experienced and skilled craftspeople including, Scott McIntyre. As a Master Goldsmith and co-founder of the Vanilla Ink Jewellery School, he will help you to enhance your bench work, technical abilities and finely tune your methods. Stacey Bentley offers a product photography Skills Development where you learn to take professional photos and edit. As every maker’s level is unique, each of the skills package is entirely determined and designed by the INKers, receiving a total of six Skills Development sessions.
Vanilla Ink takes the time to pair each INKer with a mentor that will be most beneficial to you and your practice. The mentor may not be industry-specific but will be tailored to your needs to offer a broad range of experience and skills. You will receive a minimum of nine hours of 1-2-1 bespoke mentoring to support your place on the Programme. Each INKer will receive at least 9 hours with their mentor. Your mentor will continue to help develop your plan in months six-nine. Previous mentors have included Katie Lees Jewellery, Johanna Basford, Nikki McWilliams, Colin Fraser, Lauren Currie, Alec Farmer, Gilly Langton, Laura Spring, Pete Thomas and many more.
Over the course of the nine months Vanilla Ink will invite designers to share their experiences in our Meet the Maker sessions to encourage further learning. Introductions will be made to key organisations and individuals to expand your network. Vanilla Ink also curates networking events where the INKers will have a chance to showcase their work to a collection of audiences, ending the INKubator with an exhibition and sales event.
images taken from events and photoshoots during the INKubator Programme over the years.
At the start of your journey you will take part in a three day residential trip to Vanilla Ink The Smiddy to get to know the INKers, Programme Leaders, learn what to expect, meet our team up North and have fun! Each Professional Development session weaves into the last, with the lessons learned becoming the structure of a Business Plan. This plan is then presented at the end of the INKubator with the chance of gaining financial support for your business. By the end of the Programme you will have gained confidence not only in your ability to run a creative practice but in your own making skills, networking skills and a new drive for your business.
The INKubator is a self-funded Programme with two tiers to chose from. The Programme takes place in Vanilla Ink Glasgow in The Hidden Lane.
F U L L P R O G R A M M E
This includes the INKubator Residential in January. It gives you workshop access for 12 months (Jan-Dec), access to shared tools and equipment, six sessions of Professional Development workshops, 9 hours (minimum) of one-to-one Mentoring, six sessions of Skills Development workshops, nine Meet the Maker events, two Critical Response sessions and various networking and showcasing events. Across the nine months you will spend approximately 100 hours in Vanilla Ink (not including time using the workshop for your own practice).
P R O F E S S I O N A L D E V E L O P M E N T
This includes the INKubator Residential in January. It gives you access to six sessions of Professional Development workshops, 9 hours (minimum) of one-to-one Mentoring, nine Meet the Maker events, two Critical Response Sessions and various networking and showcasing events. Optional access to the Skills Development sessions at a highly discounted rate. Without the addition of the Skills Development, you will spend approximately 50 hours in Vanilla Ink across the nine months.
Sessions take place on a Monday of each month.
To find out more about our programme read our latest blog series ‘Get INKsprired’ and find out stories from past INKers, Industry INKsperts and more.
To find out more and apply download our brochure and guidelines.
Applications close midnight 29th of September 2019 with the Programme officially starting in January 2020.