May 27, 2020

Dear friend,

Santa Cruz County is gradually and responsibly taking steps to resume aspects of our social and economic life that we rightly put on pause to combat the spread of COVID-19. We've recently received the go ahead to reopen in-store retail shopping and places of worship, though at reduced capacity while maintaining social distancing. If approved by the State in the early days of June, the next establishments allowed to resume operations will include dine-in restaurants and salons and barber shops, again with proper safety measures in place.

My team and I have been preparing for how and when All Hands can bring back in-person creative workshops. I've read and re-read the several pages of guidelines that dine-in restaurants will have to abide by and have created a plan that adapts these to our studio. Specifically, (though not exhaustively):

  • we'll cap workshops at 10 people and each person or family unit will enjoy 6 feet of personal crafting space at our spacious tables ๐Ÿง๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธโ†”๏ธ๐Ÿง๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ
  • we'll open our front and back doors and have a fan blowing to maximize ventilation (thankfully we have nice tall ceilings that aid with air flow)
  • we'll take your temperature at the door with a no-contact thermometer ๐ŸŒก๏ธ
  • we'll disinfect all surfaces and tools before and after every workshop ๐Ÿงดโœจ
  • we'll have you wash your hands and/or apply hand sanitizer upon arrival ๐Ÿงผ ๐Ÿ‘
  • we'll all wear face masks ๐ŸŽญ

I believe that being thorough is worth it, even if it feels like 'a lot'. But I'm also sensitive to the real reasons you may not be ready or interested in venturing out, even once it's allowed by the powers that be. โ€

I'm really curious to hear how you're feeling about this process of reopening.

  • Are you confident about being able to safely attend a workshop come late June, let's say? Or perhaps July or August?
  • What would increase your confidence?
  • Have you been enjoying any creative outlets at home?
  • Are you thirsty for more in real life social experiences?

Anything you'd like to share with me along these lines would be most appreciated. Feel free to email me your thoughts at

All Hands has so far made it past the first hurdle of staying afloat during a few months of total lockdown, but the next hurdle on the horizon will be whether and when the community wants to come back as our shelter in place orders are eased. ๐Ÿ‡๐Ÿ‡

My approach in all of this is to strive for a balance of effort (to be ready to offer joyful collective experiences during these trying times) and surrender (should wisdom dictate bringing this chapter of the All Hands story to a close). It's quite the dance, but I'm here for it. ๐Ÿ’ƒ

In community,


PS. Have you found or made a face mask that you love? Something comfortable and maybe even pretty? I highly recommend supporting makers like Yuzu and Rose or Lucia LaFerme if you're still in the market for one. The one in the photo above is silk that was naturally dyed with orange poppies, and I'm actually happy to wear it.