Vanilla Ink takes the time to pair you with a mentor that will most benefit your practice based on your application. Your mentor will not necessarily be industry specific, but be tailored to your needs 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 and will be assigned their mentor at the beginning of the course. The Inkers are also expected to take part in Critical Response, a peer to peer support session, where you will work with the 'Inker' group to facilitate and encourage each other during the Vanilla Ink programme.
'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
'My Mentor was the perfect match - he gave insight into pricing, and my target market that I would have never had.'
Femke Stokkel-Lennon Inker of 2016
We have also worked with Professor Mike Press, Hazel White of Service Design agency Open Change, Jeweller Jane Gowans, Service designer Lauren Currie, Ink Evangelist Joanna Basford, Jewellery boutique owner Sarah Hutchison of SH Jewellery, Alec Farmer from Trakke Bags and Elspeth Bennie Blacksmith
The Vanilla INKubator Programme is now closed to applicants. Applications will re-open at the end of the year.