Studio Robazzo
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Studio Robazzo's Grand Opening

Studio Robazzo received an incredible welcome from our community at our opening event on March 27th.  We have been in our space on Douglas and Pembroke for a month and a half now, and the studio is looking more and more like the playground/office we have been imagining.

In preparation for our opening event a few weeks ago the space was overrun with helping hands, creative minds and smiling faces, and it finally began to feel like home.

Our treehouse inspired office space, complete with well-known office essentials: ukulele, long board and hammock.

Our treehouse inspired office space, complete with well-known office essentials: ukulele, long board and hammock.

The event was conceived with the intention of showcasing the talent, aesthetic, taste, feel and philosophy of our studio. Together with the help of all of our amazing volunteers, and the excitement of the guests and performers, we co-created an unforgettable experience. 

One of our first renovation projects was the construction of three murals that span two stories in our space. We have produced murals for our own living rooms and those of friends in the past, using black and white photos of forests and outer space  Studio Robazzo does nothing in half measures, and when we saw the gorgeous double-height walls in the main floor our new space, we knew we had to take our tradition of building murals to the next level. 

Luckily, in scouring usedVictoria for free office supplies, we got a hold of a free laser printer that was obviously essential in the production of the massive triptych mural that covers three walls in our space. The project was a challenge in terms of organization as well as execution. We are incredibly thankful to our volunteers who climbed up ladders, taped murals, carried and set up gear and cleaned, as well as adding their excitement and creativity.

In addition to the impressive murals, we began the process of refinishing our entry level floor, and decorated the walls with our friends' beautiful art: Jay Jondale, Anya Fayce, Mokii Glyphix and Unveiling the Goddess Photography. We also built some furniture, and last but not least constructed our hammock nest.

The nest was a major installation project, using 100 screw eye hooks, 150 meters of static climbing rope, and many hours of drilling and weaving. We like to offer the space to our more adventurous friends and clients, who are often enchanted by sights of the harbour sunsets, downtown, stars on clear nights, and a bird's eye view of our office space.

Finally, after hustling to finish everything on time, we opened our doors to the public for a free catered event with live music, art, digital projection, live painting and even a surprise aerial silks performance! The food was  prepared by Dave Basu-Roy and Natasha Bradford, and featured Swedish venison meatballs by Jordan Johnson. Dave and Natasha worked hard to select high quality local ingredients which they lovingly prepared and served. Our menu consisted of kitchari, - a traditional Indian dish of slow-stewed lentils - goat cheese, Ravenstone Farms’ sausage appetizers, with chocolate brownies and vegan cheesecake for dessert. 

Some of the ingredients used to prepare the delicious snacks provided by Dave and Natasha.

Some of the ingredients used to prepare the delicious snacks provided by Dave and Natasha.

Live music was provided by Megan Adair and Liam Sebelius early in the night, and Dustan Townsend filled the White Void with his original cello tunes for the rest of the party. The White Void is a fantastic performance space, offering a monolithic white backdrop and views accessible from the main floor, stairs and second floor balcony. Later in the night we were treated to a surprise aerial silk demonstration by our friend Skye Richarde. The combination of the cello and the silks made for an ethereal performance.

Local artists Kimberley Dean of Templed Mind and Liam Sebelius created unique paintings throughout the night. Live paintings are a tradition we hope to continue at Studio Robazzo nights; stay tuned to see more! We also had Jay Jondale working on the treatment room doors all night, creating a mandala representing health and growth. Jay's art was also on display upstairs, with interactive projection mapping provided by Toni and Arya of EMP Productions

Interactive projection mapped art collaboration by Jay Jondale and EMP Productions.

Interactive projection mapped art collaboration by Jay Jondale and EMP Productions.

The night was filled with laughter, good food, entertainment, art and creativity; exactly how we had imagined it. We are so thankful to all the artists, musicians, helping hands and guests who made the night the inspiring event that it was. We can't wait to see how the next one unfolds... 

[June 17th, 2015]

Check out the promotional video by Robyn Lee Unwin featuring footage from the opening event here.

Sarah McFadzen