An East Kilbride woman is one of nine aspiring Scottish jewellers who are hoping to sparkle at a glittering event in London later this year.
Former Kirktonholme Primary and Hunter High School pupil Joanne MacFadyen, 28, is one of a group of self-employed jewellers working at the Vanilla Ink studios in Dundee who has been selected to attend the prestigious International Jewellery London trade show at Earl’s Court in September. However, in order to go there, the group need to raise funds to pay for the expenses involved.
Gillian Easson, from Creative Dundee explained, “Following your dreams to make a living from your creative talents can be lonely and daunting. Jewellery design is really competitive, so not only do new designers need to be highly skilled, they also need to have access to the best equipment, resources and high proﬁle trade fairs – these ﬁnancial investments can put this career path out of reach for many aspiring jewellers.”
Hence the fundraising.
The group will be raising funds on Kickstarter.com, a crowd funding platform where pledgers are offered something in return for their support. If people like the project, they can pledge money to make it happen. If the project succeeds in reaching its funding goal, all backers are charged. If the project falls short, no one is charged.
Vanilla Ink Studios have put together a range of handcrafted goods, including one-off and bespoke jewellery pieces for pledgers. Pledges start from as little as £2.
Explaining why she wanted to go to the trade fair and why she would appreciate support from folk in East Kilbride, Joanne said: “The opportunity to show my work at such a high-proﬁle trade fair will help me to gain international recognition for my jewellery, and hopefully take my career to the next stage. Support from my home town really means a lot to me.”
After leaving school in 2002, Joanne gained an HND in jewellery-making at Cardonald College before going on to gain her Bachelor of design honours degree at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee, where she specialised in jewellery and precious metalwork.
She continued her studies at the college, graduating in November last year with a Masters degree in fine art.
Vanilla Ink - set up in 2009 by young entrepreneur Kate Pickering – is a unique jewellery studio, committed to developing new talent by providing a supportive incubator ‘pod’.
For more information about making a pledge, see the Vanilla Ink Kickstart website at www.tinyurl.com/kickstartvanillaink