Earlier this month, we were excited to be selected to provide soft goods for the 2010 tour of Little Big Town, the amazing country music group that has been steadily climbing the charts.  The main element of the project was a series of digitally printed backdrop panels and riser skirts. 

John Rios of GrafixJam (whom I have mentioned in past posts) designed the digital artwork, and as usual, John’s work was gorgeous.  He created a “Distressed Fleur de Lis” pattern in black and white that is quite theatrical and dramatic. 

Once we received the artwork files from John, we went to work printing the project using our wide format EFI Vutek QS3200 printer with UV-curable 3M inks.  In order to create a “vintage flocked velvet” appearance, we used a flame retardant specialty fabric substrate that resembles suede/velveteen.  The digital backdrop pieces were made as a series of four panels, each 24′ h x 10′ w, allowing them to be used individually or combined to make one large backdrop of 24′ h x 40′ w.  Riser skirts printed with the same image and fabric tie the set design together.

And once again, the use of lighting techniques allows the panels to appear in their original “black and white” or in a variety of colors.  There is a great photo on the Country Throwdown Photostream that is a perfect illustration of this – check out the “aqua” hanging panels as compared to the black and white riser skirts.  Yes, the hanging panels really are printed in black and white – the aqua color is a result of the stage lighting technique.

Want to see more?  Check out this video on YouTube of Little Big Town at Big Country Throwdown this past weekend.