WE HAVE REACHED OUR TARGET but EVERY LITTLE BIT HELPS!!!
We have now reached our campaigns target and we are now confirmed to take part in the UK's most prestigious jewellery trade fair.
**STRETCH GOAL UPDATE** -
If we reach £8,500 EVERYONE who has pledged £10 or more will receive a limited edition, exclusive Vanilla Ink t-shirt. Lets see if we can stretch it. The extra money pledged will be put towards printed material for the show, display and marketing.
We could not have done this without YOU! Thank you for being a part of our journey, however our journey has only just begun. We still have time left on our Kickstarter campaign. The £6,800 pledged covers our stand and our lighting, any money pledged on top of that will be put towards the trade show. There is still the display, marketing material, electricity, travel, accommodation and of course the fabulous jewellery to fill the show! Rest assured that any more of your generous pledges will continue to support our journey to International Jewellery London.
Thank you again for making all our hopes come true. We are thrilled to be a part of the show and can't wait to show them what we are made of.
A little about us.....
Vanilla Ink is Scotland’s unique jewellery studio, committed to developing new talent by providing a supportive incubator 'pod'. Vanilla Ink enables the UK's best new designers to develop and grow their businesses in a fully equipped workshop. We are proud to offer our 'Inkers' unlimited access to workshop space, peer support, mentoring and professional development workshops - the perfect starter package to ensure each 'Inker' develops confidence and business skills to last a lifetime.
Vanilla Ink Studios is in its first year, and that makes it all very special, because for us, it's a dream come true!
We currently have nine talented jewellers sharing our workshop and they will be with us until the end of September.
And what better way to end our first packed year than by showing off our wares and our designers to the world?
We are thrilled to have been selected to showcase at International Jewellery London (IJL), the UK's leading trade fair for jewellers, in September this year. This is an amazing chance for our jewellers to become internationally recognised!
What is not so amazing is how much it all costs, something that is a big challenge for up-and-coming jewellers, and this is why we have set up this KICKSTARTER project. We really need your pledges to help us get there.
Meet our 'Inkers'....
So lets introduce you to the jewellers that your support will be helping get to IJL this year. We really believe in these wonderful people and we hope you do too.
"Audrey’s work draws on frameworks and optical effects...possibly due to a lifetime of spectacle-wearing"
"Filipa is determined to contemporise filigree, and singing in the workshop is a routine, although some prefer the radio!"
"Joanne's work uses precious metal clays and gems, creating a unique organic aesthetic. She is happiest with a cup of tea in her hand and a few scarves around her neck."
"Leanne is a precious metal jeweller whose collection uses geometric shapes, and she can make a mean latte"
"Robin's work is centred on weaving, he is the token boy and we let him think he is the boss!"
"A jewellery designer with a love of Harris Tweed. She braves the Megabus for 4 hours every day to be with us."
"Sally’s work focuses on preserving precious memories through jewellery and she often keeps us entertained with the random noises she makes."
"Scarlett creates uniquely textured pieces of jewellery and has made herself so at home in the studio that she has brought her slippers."
"Vanilla Ink is the brainchild of Kate, a jeweller herself but you would usually find her glued to her Mac instead of a jeweller's bench."
So what will you get if you support us?
For those pledging £50 or more, you will receive an exclusive piece of jewellery by one of our designers from a beautiful pair of earrings, a ruby-set gold ring - or even a bespoke engagement ring or wedding band. *See rewards for details of each pledge amount's rewards.
We would also like to invite some of the top pledgers to come in to the Vanilla Ink Studio and make your own jewellery working one-to-one with the designer of your choice. We'll help you turn your ideas into a reality and produce something for yourself, or a gift for someone special.
For those pledging £10-£50 we will make you a member of the Vanilla Ink family with a range of branded gear such as our highly-sought-after aprons!
And because we know many people will want to offer support but can't afford to give too much, our lowest level of contribution - just £2 - will bring you just as much gratitude.
Below are examples of some of the jewellery being made here at Vanilla Ink Studios to give you an idea of the jewellery we create. When you pledge for a piece of jewellery, it will be made especially for you within our Dundee studio.
We make jewellery for the gents too: cufflinks, rings, pendants, tie pins, earrings...
Thank you very much for taking the time to read over our campaign. We can't wait to show off our work - the jewellery and our first Vanilla Inkers - to the world, and we hope you can join us in getting them out there.
If the campaign is successful please come say hello at IJL - we will be at stand B51, we would love to thank you personally.
Risks and challenges
We are a dedicated, talented and experienced group, more than capable of fulfilling our pledge promises.
If we are successful, then we will of course be busy with jewellery to make - and it's made individually. As soon as we know what we are making we will be able to give you an estimated delivery date and keep you informed with any delays. All items will be made in order of date of pledge, not by pledge size.
A deposit to secure our stand at IJL has been paid. If the campaign is unsuccessful then we will lose this deposit. If we are successful then we don't foresee any risk in us not attending the fair. Under no circumstance will your pledges not be fulfilled.
To have the opportunity to showcase our jewellery at IJL means a great deal to both Vanilla Ink Studios and our nine Vanilla Inkers. With your backing we are committed to fulfilling the project.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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