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  • Writer's pictureLynn Powell

Fancy experiencing one of our workshops for free?

We are so excited that six of our artists will be giving FREE demonstrations at our Open Day next Saturday. If you have been wondering what silver clay is, would like to see a vintage letterpress machine in action, want to watch soap being made, or get an insight into bookbinding, lino printing and more, then this is your chance to find out! 

It's also the only day in the year our home-based workshop space is open to the public. So save the date - and invite family and friends to join you.

When? Saturday, 23 November, 12 noon - 7pm Where? 2 Dublin Meuse, Edinburgh, EH3 6NW FREE ENTRY Drop in anytime between 12 noon and 7pm

The workshop demonstration times are below. So if there's something specific you want to see, make sure you time your visit! We recommend coming early to get the best viewing spot: you can enjoy a glass of mulled wine and chat to the artists while you wait.

We look forward to welcoming you!


12.30pm - Soap making with Jenny Smith of The Scottish Soapworks Jenny will demonstrate how to hand-make glycerine soap. She is able to make soaps to order on the day including initial letters - perfect stocking fillers!

1.30pm - Speed Sketching with Mark Kirkham, the Edinburgh Sketcher Mark will take you outside into the Meuse and share some of his sketching hints and tips as he captures the unique features of our Georgian New Town mews. Bring your sketch book if you like!

2.30pm - Letterpress printing with Lou Davis Lou will be demonstrating how to use vintage metal and wooden type for printing on a tabletop platen press. You will be able to have a go at printing a Christmas card!

3.30pm - Lino printing with Suzanne Kemplay Suzanne will demonstrate the process of lino printing, and you'll be able to have a go at creating your own Christmas gift tags.

4.30pm - Silver clay jewellery with Anna Campbell Anna will demonstrate the modern alchemy of turning clay into silver. Watch her make jewellery from the silver clay, and find out about the firing process (using a crème brulé torch!) that turns the clay into solid hallmark-quality silver jewellery.

5.30pm - Book Binding with Cass Barron Cass will be demonstrating techniques for bookbinding and showing a range of different creations including single sheet Japanese Stab binding, concertina fold books and leather-bound sketchbooks.


Many of our artists will be with us throughout the day and would love to chat with you and answer any question you may have about their workshops.

Time your visit to coincide with one of our demonstrations, or drop in when you can. We will also have a pop up shop of affordable gifts from our local artists, a prize draw, gift vouchers, workshop bookings area and mulled wine and mince pies!

If you'd like to know more about the artists that will be selling at our pop up shop click here >

We would love to see you on 23rd November and hope you can make time to pop in while you're out and about that Saturday. We're just a 5-minute walk from Edinburgh's City Centre attractions, St Andrew's Square tram and bus station, and a 10-minute walk from Waverley train station.


Please note The Arienas Collective is based in a Georgian mews house in Edinburgh's historic New Town. Our Open Day will run in our workshop space which is a first-floor open plan reception room and unfortunately we do not have lift access.

If you have any questions about the event do get in touch. Our email address is and our number (office hours only) is 07732 901150. If we are unable to take your call please do leave a message and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.

We can't wait to welcome you!

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