The opening of a new studio stone design studio in Edmonton has drawn a wave of excitement from fans.
The design studio was founded in 2013 by artist and artist collective Stonebobs and is called “Stonebobs” and will be operated by the team who has worked in the same space for the past 10 years.
“I’m looking forward to seeing what it looks like.
I’ve been involved in some creative endeavors over the last couple of years and I really want to share the experience,” said Stephanie DeFries, a member of the Stonebob crew.”
Stonebabs is kind of an amalgam of a bunch of different projects.
So we wanted to create something that was a little bit more contemporary and modern,” she said.
DeFries is the co-founder of Stonebabs.
The collective has created a range of designs for restaurants, coffee shops and art spaces.
The team has also worked with the Alberta government on its new tourism strategy.
The studio is part of the new downtown Edmonton theme park, and will include a restaurant, retail space and a craft and crafts space.
It will open next spring and will offer a full range of craft and artisanal foods and a wide selection of drinks.
De Fries said the design studio is a nod to her heritage and heritage culture.
“The stone bbqs, we’ve always been inspired by a lot of things that we were given,” she explained.
“So, a lot in our lives are rooted in the stone bbaqs.
I think it’s something that we’ve been trying to take back to, that we’re really proud of,” she added.”
We’re just really happy that people are really excited about it.
We want people to enjoy it.”
A sign at the entrance to the new studio says “Stone Babs” and “Rocky Mountain.”
(CBC)De Fers says she was inspired to create the studio after meeting with a group of young people who live in a nearby neighbourhood who were working in the city.
“They were trying to figure out how to live in this small space, in the shadow of downtown, but also in a community setting,” she recalled.
“One of the girls from that group said, ‘We have a stone bbt in our backyard, and we want to make it more creative and more welcoming to the rest of the community.’
So that’s where the studio comes from.”
The studio will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the creative and art work will be offered from 9 a.mi. to 5 p.mi., from Monday to Friday.
The team says the space is not just about design but also about creating a safe space for people to come together.
“It’s a space that is very inclusive of people who might not always be comfortable with sharing their personal space, and it’s also about giving people the opportunity to explore,” said De Fries.
“Our studio will offer people a chance to connect and feel like they’re in a space where they can be themselves.”
The team is working with local architects and the City of Edmonton to develop the design for the studio.