Covid 19 - workshops update
Page updated on 31st March 2020
We are living through some crazy times and the important thing right now is to stay healthy. With that in mind this is what I am doing about my workshops.
Arienas Collective Closure
The Arienas Collective, where I usually teach, have taken the decision to cancel all workshops running there until September. This decision was reached in consultation with all the artists, including me, in the light of the uncertainty of the current situation.
March 2020 Workshops Postponed
I postponed my March workshops in the light of the initial government advice to avoid non-essential travel and the current lockdown. For now, I am not setting a new date for postponed workshops as I would like to wait and see when it will be safe to continue teaching.
If you were booked onto one of these workshops then you should have been contacted by Lynn from the Arienas Collective. You will be given the option to wait for the postponed date, transfer to a new date or request a refund.
Workshops from April 2020
I have some workshops scheduled for the end of April and every month after that. At the moment I plan to relocate these workshops to my own studio at Hill Street Design House. The address is 3 Hill Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3JP
The studio is very centrally located a few minutes from Princes Street.
If you are booked onto one of these future workshops Lynn from the Arienas Collective will be asking you to get in touch with her if you are happy to attend at the new venue. I will then be in touch with you.
I will be keeping a close eye on the official guidance around that time and will postpone if that is still the recommendation.
I hope that by the time the workshops start again the risk will be minimal. However, as with any public place you go to there is a risk of infection for any illness.
With Coronavirus there is a chance some of us could be ill but not showing symptoms.
Whether it is safe for you to attend the workshop has to be your decision. I can not guarantee you will not get ill.
The current guidance is as follows:
PLEASE - be responsible. If you suspect you could be unwell, don't put other people at risk.
If you are showing symptoms, follow the NHS and government advice
If you think you might have been in contact with anyone concerned they have come into contact with someone with the coronavirus, follow the NHS and government advice HTTPS://WWW.NHS.UK/CONDITIONS/CORONAVIRUS-COVID-19/COMMON-QUESTIONS/
If you have visited any of the countries or regions identified on the Government’s information site https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/advice-for-travellers/ in the last two weeks, you should not attend the event.
If you do experience any of the symptoms: a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath, please remain at home visit https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19 or call NHS 111 for advice.
Wash your hands with soap and water often – and do this for at least 20 seconds
Always wash your hands before food and after eating
Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
Put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards
Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
Measures I will be taking
I will be cleaning the studio thoroughly after every workshop including all furniture, tools and equipment.
I will ask people to wash their hands when they arrive at the studio and after lunchtime.
I will provide antibacterial wipes for use on all shared tools.
Please note that my workshop is a wee, cosy space and that close proximity to others is unavoidable.
A final word
While I am fortunate that teaching is not my sole income it does account for about a third of my income so obviously this is a very worrying time for me and my family as I am the main breadwinner. If you are happy to come to a workshop I would love to welcome you. If you would prefer to postpone to a future date then that is completely fine. If you would prefer a refund at this time it is understood. However, if you can postpone instead that would be appreciated.
Please do get in touch if you have any questions. My email address is
I hope we can get back to the jewellery making soon!