Introduction. How Sparky Ink Studio began…

In 2012 I had the idea to start Sparky Ink.  At that time I wasn’t really sure what I was doing or what I was going to do I just knew it would be in gaming and storytelling and would help people in some way. 

At the time I worked in a Bank as an underwriter and I just wanted to break out and get back to my creative roots. I’d studied Art at school and college and later was proud to get my BA in English & Performing Arts at The University of Sheffield.  My family were beginning to grow up and it seemed a good time to get on with it at last.  I spent some time working freelance and in other support roles until I finally took the plunge and put my plan into action and started up Sparky Ink Studio Ltd on 29 June 2016. 

The Studio was literally started from nothing except passion, determination and encouragement from family and friends.

In August 2016 my little studio became official and I took up a shared studio in Studio 2 at West Studios in Chesterfield.

In December 2017, needing to expand, West Studios offered us our own self contained studio in ‘The Old Headmasters Office’.  This was absolutely fantastic.  We loved being in Studio 2 and the other businesses there who had supported us during our first year in business. 

It has meant a lot to us to still be at West Studios as the support from the other tenants and the business support is fantastic.    Having our own self contained space is the icing on the cake and means we can be noisy and messy and we can also evolve the studio and accommodate more students.  We can also leave our Green Screen’s hung up which as anyone who hates ironing knows this is definitely a BIG plus!

Check out our website at www.sparkyink.co.uk to find out more about what the studio is doing or contact us on ginger@sparkyink.co.uk 

Studio Upgrade – from Studio 2 to The Old Head Master’s Office.

On Wednesday 20th December Sparky Ink Studio moved into another part of West Studios into our own self-contained Studio.  It was hard work and we didn’t realise how much stuff we had accumulated until we began packing it and realised that a few old wine boxes and some shopping bags wasn’t going to cut it. 

Eventually though by 1pm we had moved the last of our gear and had an hour and a half to try and get the studio looking like it belonged to us before security booted us out for Christmas break.

One of our ‘youtuber’ students James aka Jamwinga filmed some of the day to document this important change for us. 

Please check it out on his channel at Jamwinga or watch the less edited more raw version on our channel.  

A massive THANKS to everyone that helped on the day, to the businesses in Studio 2 for their fantastic support to us through our first year and a half and to the whole of West Studios for their brilliant support and encouragement.

 

Our new address is:

Sparky Ink Studio Ltd

The Old Headmasters Office

West Studios

Sheffield Road

Chesterfield

S41 7LL

Website tidy up…

Spring is here so we wanted to have a look at the website and tidy it up a little.  Check it out at www.sparkyink.co.uk

website screen shot

 

About Sparky Ink Studio

Sparky Ink Studio is a place for inkers and thinkers.  The studio offers workshops and social projects aimed at helping people who have personal challenges in their lives.  The workshops and projects offered are Games Design, Animation, Comic-book & Graphic Novel Design and Development, Film-making, digital Art, Creative and Script-writing. 

Part of the studio’s ethos is to help people seek out their creative career within the digital Creative Industries and is developing a Digital Inclusion Project for participants.

Sparky Ink Studio anticipates a Three year Digital Inclusion Project which will hopefully kick-start careers for participants within the Gaming & Creative Industries sector. During Year One participants will work towards their own development.  This will include using industry software and hardware and learning all the fundamentals to being part of a gaming studio.  During Year Two and Year Three the studio will produce a game which will be released.

Participants will be welcomed from a range of backgrounds.  The key is ensuring that those who struggle with social and digital inclusion will be the main participant group.  It is likely that the studio will be made up of at least 70% of people who have a diagnosis within the Autistic Spectrum.  

At the end of Year Three the Studio will remain open and will work on the second title. It is hoped that any profit from the first title will bring in enough revenue to pay for the Studio’s workforce (in essence the participants from the first project) It is also hoped that there will be enough funding to re-run the project with a new set of participants.

We are currently at Year Zero; an important year for applying for funding and help from the industry.  It is hoped that participant places will be offered by September 2017 and the Studio will begin Year One between October & December 2017.

The Studio is to be based in Chesterfield, Derbyshire. Interested participants will need to be within the surrounding areas or willing to travel.  However, there will be plenty of scope for home working.  There are a whole range of skills and talents that the studio will need from Artists, Animators, Programmers, Designers, Performing Artists and Music and Quality Control/Testers.  If you are interested in becoming a participant please drop me an email.

Please do not send any personal information only your name and why you would like to participate and any questions.  Participation Packs will be sent out via email, which will include all the information regarding the project and how you can apply.

If you are a professional and are interested in knowing more about the project, wish to pledge a donation financially or volunteering some precious time and skills to help the project please contact me on:

ginger@sparkyink.co.uk

http://www.sparkyink.co.uk