About this project
FINAL FEW HOURS SPECIAL OFFER:
We have been contacted by the fabulous Patricia at The Design Trust and she wants to offer, exclusively to the Vanilla Ink Jewellery School project a business and marketing workshop for any jeweller or maker!
"Join creative business adviser & trainer Patricia van den Akker for a one day business/marketing workshop at the new Vanilla Ink venue. Get practical advice & training, lots of thought-provoking questions and creative exercises to work ON your craft business. Plenty of time to ask questions & meet other makers. Expect lots of inspiration and get ready to take action."
Delivery of the workshop will be a Saturday at the end of January, beginning of February and you can snap it up for just £30!!
Help us over our target and get an even better jewellery school up and running. This is exclusively for our backers and one of the first business programmes to be held at the school and not an opportunity to be missed!
What's in it for you?
We are offering some fantastic rewards for your generous pledges. A simple exchange - help us build a jewellery school in order for us to teach you jewellery or make you things.
Imagine being able to hand craft your own jewellery with the helping hand of a Master Goldsmith? With your help we can facilitate that!
Our video below will give you an insight of how a ring is made. Can't make it into our studio? No worries, we have plenty of other rewards that you can tap in to!
£1,000 - Corporate Sponsor
Meet your social aims by sponsoring a not for profit organisation and get a halo around your company, as well as your branding being well represented across our online sites and print ;) In return we will give you an unique experience by teaching up to 9 of your team a bespoke ring making class.
£500 - Bespoke class up to 9 people
Use this as an alternative away day for your staff. Team building through making! Or are you lucky enough to have 8 friends? Or maybe you have a large family? Get them together, get them to chip in and save £40 in making a bespoke silver ring! A fantastic experience for everyone!
£300 - CARVE workshop up to 5 people.
Haven't heard of CARVE yet? Where have you been? The lovely folk at CARVE have offered a group workshop for up to 5 people (RRP £390) to come and CARVE a bespoke ring in jewellers wax, where they then cast it in solid silver, finish it in their workshop to your specifications and post it back to the hands that CARVEd it. We can come to you (within reason) or you can come to Glasgow.
£250 - Bespoke class up to 5 people
Grab a few friends, club together and have an experience you'll never forget - making a bespoke silver ring. You're saving £50 by booking a class through our kickstarter campaign! You'll also get a big thank you and invite to our opening party.
£200 - 1-2-1 Tuition with Master Goldsmith Scott McIntyre.
Co-founder of the Vanilla Ink Jewellery School, Scott has over 20 years experience in his trade. One of only a few that were apprenticeship trained, he has gained a wealth of knowledge over his career. Whether you are looking to build a bespoke piece of jewellery having no experience, or you're a jeweller looking for specific advice, 3 hours of Scott's time is invaluable.
£100 - Voucher
This can redeemed against ANY Vanilla Ink class and will be valid for a year. We have classes ranging from complete beginners, through to the advanced. You don't need any experience or you can come fully equipped with skills.
£50 - Bespoke silver initial pendant
Hand crafted and made in the new studio just for you. You will get to chose an initial that you can either keep for yourself or gift to a friend.
£50 - Bring your pet to Vanilla Ink and make it an identity tag!
We <3 animals so why not bring your furry companion in to Vanilla Ink and we will help you make your best pal a silver identity tag to hang proudly around their collar? We can book you in any time over the year and we will be doing this one by one so no fear of any carnage!
£30 - Vanilla Ink or personalised digitally embroidered apron
A large apron with a great big pocket, is super comfy and rocks our logo in a beautiful embroidery. Get 'Vanilla Ink' or your name embroidered on the front. Comes with a big thank you and an invite to our opening party.
£30 - A VANILLA INK HOODIE
We have been asked to add the option for a Vanilla Ink hoodie so here it is, white on black hoodie (because who can keep a white hoodie clean and black and white is all we do). We will be ordering hoodies in Small/Medium/Large and Extra Large.
£10 - A brass Vanilla Ink brooch
Etched by a local company and hand finished by us, wear it on your lapel as a badge of honour. Comes with a big thank you and an invite to our opening party.
Who are we:
Kate Pickering and Scott McIntyre met through a love of teaching jewellery and passing on their skills. They share a similar ethos; that making is a great power that can be harnessed and shared to make an incredible industry in Scotland.
Kate founded Vanilla Ink Studios in 2009 in Dundee and now operates from MAKLab Charing Cross in Glasgow and is Scotland’s unique jewellery studio with the aim of developing new talent by providing a supportive ‘Inkubator’. Known for it’s professional development programme that is aimed at bridging the gap from education to industry, the programme enables start up jewellers in their own transition from student to professional. Vanilla Ink Studios is also used as a base for 6 practising jewellers and teaches a variety of classes to members of the public and professional jewellers alike.
Scott has over 20 years of experience in the industry and is a bench trained goldsmith and has worked for many studios across Edinburgh and Glasgow. In his career he has picked up extensive skills from these various places and has worked tirelessly to ensure he’s at the top of his game where he has received a high level of intense training.
What we want to create:
With your support we will build Vanilla Ink Jewellery School CIC. A school that will inspire, educate and support the jewellery and silversmith industry. It will be equipped to cater for the complete beginner and those interested in starting a career in the industry, to the established maker and industry professional looking to up-skill.
We have committed to a space based in the famous Hidden Lane of Glasgow’s West End. We will open our doors at the end of May on the back of the success of our crowdfunding campaign. We are asking for support to build a workshop, kitted out for 8 people. Within that space we want to work with a range of different communities, from those hard to reach teens, people who have been out of work, asylum seekers or those suffering with anxiety and depression, and use making as a means to develop technical & soft skills, build confidence and learn about entrepreneurship. We will also help support the next generation of makers that will lead to further education or a degree in a Scottish establishment and will come full circle to gain further support from the jewellery school.
We are passionate about the Scottish jewellery industry and believe that we can work together to build an open and supportive community. We listen to the industry and we are nimble so we can respond to the needs. Building on from the success of Vanilla Ink Studios, three years of running the Vanilla Ink programme with 23 jewellers and silversmiths who have taken part and 5 years of teaching classes, we understand how important hand skills are to a goldsmith. We will grow from this concept and bring a new jewellery school to Scotland.
Budget and Timescale:
The project asks for £30,000 to cover the costs of setting up a CIC, one months rent to allow us time to set the space up, tools and equipment for each student to have access to their own set of tools, extraction unit and larger pieces of equipment like a rolling mill and pendant motors for each bench. The higher the specification, the better the space is for the community and what they can have access to.
We are in the process of setting up a Community Interest Company (CIC) and will be approved before the project ends and we are working hard to get collaborators involved in the project to help fund and support it in anyway they can. Your support is helping us buy all the equipment and tools and secure the next months rent within the Hidden Lane.
The Jewellery School will be up and running by the end of May with rewards being sent out by June 2017 and classes being booked on a first come, first serve basis.
Risks and challenges
We have tried to limit any risks or challenges but things may still happen;
1.We have taken over the lease at the Hidden Lane for one year, we are fully committed to getting the school up and running. If we don't make our target we have applied for loans as a back up but obviously we need to keep our monthly costs as low as possible.
2. Selling bespoke classes may cause an issue for booking dates with Scott or myself but we are committed to fulfilling every class over the next year.
3. Our application to become a Community Interest Company may be rejected but we shall be running the company as a limited company by guarantee and our community will always be at the heart of what we do.
Other than that, we expect for the project to run smoothly and have the Jewellery School open by the end of May.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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