Kate Pickering gave a great talk to 2nd Year Design Students on Friday speaking honestly about her experience at Duncan of Jordanstone, her time after graduating with an Honours degree in Jewellery and Metalwork and then her Master of Design experience, but Im not going to repeat her story I want to tell you about what she has planned for the future.
Vanilla Ink is Kates’ new project which came about after her Master of Design course, during this time Kate realised that her degree could work for her in all design aspects not only jewellery making. She spoke honestly that her degree didn’t prepare her for the real world of business plans, working to others’ specifications, pricing her work and actually selling herself. She realised there was an opening for others to be helped and so after taking a course at Starter for 6 through the cultural enterprise office she had a business plan to take forward for financial help and has now secured fully equipped work shop premises.
Available to graduates within two years of their graduation, Vanilla ink will offer business training and further development in specialised training from designers in the industry, speakers to tell their stories and offer advice. A one to one mentoring service and each graduate will have their own workspace – something which is often difficult to set up at the beginning and through this space will have direct access to clients. At the end of the year there will be an exhibition giving the designers a date to work to and also real life experience of setting up and organising. Interested? Vanilla Ink is open to Jewellery graduates who have graduated within two years, there is an application process and this will give valuable experience in selling themselves.
To find our more about Kate and Vanilla Ink check out her website here.