Alison Arrowsmith, Vanilla Ink
Manifesto point 9 - We identify makers as enterprising entrepreneurs.
“Scotland produces incredible designers, but they need the support and guidance that Vanilla Ink can offer. Working together with different partnerships will provide a sturdy platform for start-ups, create an environment where established jewellers can thrive. Vanilla Ink was established with the vision of providing studio space and a professional development programme, which would enable the UK’s best new designers to develop and grow their business within a fully equipped workshop environment.”
Alison Arrowsmith is workshop coordinator at Vanilla Ink, the Smiddy, Banff. She graduated from Edinburgh College of Art and worked in the Architecture world for some time before turning to creative project development, most recently working as Arts Development Officer at Aberdeenshire Council and Project Co-ordinator for Historic Environment Scotland. Alison particularly values the importance of creative skills development for Young People and is keen to expand The Smiddy’s range of experiences and opportunities to engage a wider audience with the process of making.