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Saturday, July 23, 2016

No more Artesano

Two weeks ago, a couple of days before I left for my holiday, I got an e-mail from Artesano to say they were going into liquidation. From what I understand they went into liquidation that same day. 

Artesano made the news public by posting a notice on their Facebook page.  The notice is no longer there. I shared their notice to my Facebook page and that's not there either. I assume that they took the notice down which also took it down from other Facebook pages it was shared to.

I had no prior warning that Artesano were closing. I have taught at Artesano four times this year (three workshops each time) and was booked to teach another 15 workshops this year. Obviously those workshops won't happen now. When I taught at Artesano I stayed with the owners, Tom and Jenny. My impression from my last visit in May was that they were struggling financially but I had no idea that things were so bad.

I know some people had already booked spaces on the workshops and had paid Artesano. I just wanted to let those of you affected by this know that my workshops at Artesano were organised by them and the bookings/payments were taken by them. They then paid me a set fee for each class. I have not received any money for any future classes I was due to teach there and in fact, they still owe me money for the workshops in May.

I know the company has gone in to receivership and my understanding is that anyone who had placed orders with them (including workshops) which they had not received yet, will be listed as creditors and contacted by the receivers. That's all I really know. 

I have not heard any more from Artesano since this happened. I'm really sorry this has happened. And I'm sorry to anyone who had booked future workshops with me and who have now lost out financially. I wish there was something I could do to help you. I'm also sorry for Tom and Jenny and their family that they have to go through this. I'm sure it's a difficult time for them also.

I'm still teaching a lot this autumn and you can see all my autumn workshops here. I'm still working on my 2017 teaching schedule. If you know someone who might be interested in hosting workshops, please ask them to contact me (e-mail me on annikenallis25@gmail.com).


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2 comments:

Rachel Clark said...

This is very interesting because their site is still active and offering workshops. A little bit worrying then.....

YarnAddictAnni said...

Hi Rachel, yes I thought that but apparently all the payment stuff has been taken down so although it looks like you can order, you can't actually pay for anything. I don't know if this is their decision or the receivers decision to keep the website up.