Creative Dundee

The Wonderful World of Vanilla Ink

Not only is Vanilla Ink a great resource for independent jewellery designers, providing a vital platform for designers to promote their latest work; it is now also the place to buy great jewellery from the country’s most up-and-coming designers. The Vanilla Ink online shop is here…

Kate Pickering founded Vanilla Ink back in 2009, inspired by the need to bridge the missing gap for graduates between graduation and industry. Since then, Vanilla Ink has provided a vital online platform, providing business support, mentoring and showcasing talent at UK trade events.

The freshly launched online shop is the second phase of Vanilla Ink’s development and the currently profiles the work of 122 of the most promising British designers. This includes a few Dundee based designers such as award-winning designer Jane Gowans.

Kate talks about the reasons for creating the online shop, “Developing an online shop seemed the natural progression for my business. It can be hard for independent designers to gain the exposure they deserve for their work. I see the online platform as offering another element of support that I plan to provide for the wealth of talent that there is in Scotland.”

You can hear and see more from Kate about all things Vanilla Ink at her recent Pecha Kucha Night talk, below:

Vanilla Ink’s super exciting third phase will see the launch of a studio space for members of Vanilla Ink in May 2012, in Dundee! So be sure to keep a look out for this huge piece of news in just a few months time.

Visit: or go straight to the shop!


Twitter: @vanillainkUK



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