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4 06, 2010

Speaking of Portfolios…

By |June 4th, 2010|Education, Products, Projects|0 Comments

Recently I posted about our new Digital Printing Portfolio, and in writing that post, I took a few minutes to review our other portfolios.  It seems that I don’t get the opportunity to review our portfolio pages as often as I like, so there is always something new to see.

The page that really impressed me this time was the Video Portfolio.  Since I last looked, a number of really cool videos have been added.  One that stood out was the video of the Alice in Chains Poly Silk Kabuki.  Not only does the video show how terrific poly silk is as a projection surface, but at the end of the video, it shows the kabuki dropping.

In prior posts, I have explained how a kabuki works, but it can be difficult to understand in a written explanation.  I think this Alice in Chains video is a great visual demonstration of the operation of a kabuki.

There are a number of other videos in the portfolio as well, highlighting a variety of custom stage drapes (including an Austrian curtain), stage backdrops, and much more.  Check it out!

3 06, 2010

Photos on Flickr – We’ve Come a Long Way

By |June 3rd, 2010|Projects|1 Comment

You know – I’m not that old (I’m in my mid 40s), but it amazes me to think of how much technology has changed in my lifetime. For at least half (maybe more) of my life, you needed a camera and film to take a photo .  How many times did the opportunity for a great picture arise, but you didn’t have a camera with you, or you were out of film?  I know it happened to me a lot.

You had to finish the roll of film (12, 24 or 36 frames), take it to be developed, and then wait for the results (when I was younger, it took several days to a week, but eventually you could pay extra for one hour service).  Only then would you have your photos (and the negatives).  Want to give a copy of a photo to a friend or relative, customer or business associate?  You had to take the negative to the store to have a copy made, wait for it (just like before) and then give or mail or Fed Ex the photo to your friend or customer.  Not exactly a quick process.  And if the negative was lost or damaged?  Too bad – the photo is gone forever.

Today, it is so quick and easy to take, store, and copy photographs – all digitally.  We have digital cameras that are about the size of credit cards.  Our cell phones even have cameras, not to mention e-mail capability, so we can snap that pic and instantly e-mail it to a friend or colleague.

We can save the photo files to our computers and back them up to DVDs or Flash drives – so that they last forever.  We can distribute them electronically or print copies ourselves in an instant using a color printer.

And then there is Flickr – which gives us the opportunity to make our photos available to thousands of people all over the world.  On some of my previous posts, I have included links to photos of our projects on Flickr.  Well, I was looking in Flicker today, and I thought, how amazing is this!  There are so many incredible photos on Concerts and Photostream – 152 in all.

If you’ve been reading this blog for awhile, you know how much I love the Rent What? Silver Satin Series.  Well, there is a set just for those drapes.  There are also sets for Wide Format Digital Printing, Austrian Curtains, and much more.  And new photos and sets are continually being added, so it is always fun to go back to the photostream to see what’s new.  It’s definitely a photostream to bookmark.

I have always been pretty computer-savvy – my father had one of the first home personal computers, and I have used computers in one form or another for many years.  Even so, I can’t help but be amazed when I consider the changes brought by technology within my lifetime.

And I haven’t even mentioned Facebook or Twitter or Linked In, or DVRs or Wiis or iPhones or Blackberries or Kindles…I’m excited to see what’s next.  How about you:?

1 06, 2010

The Sew What? Family

By |June 1st, 2010|News|0 Comments

Clever and creative. We have a lot of hidden talents amongst our crew, both at work in the sewing room and in the office. A small business that embraces technology and lean manufacturing practices, we achieve much with few……….. And this has brought out the very best in so many. Building a 1200 pound drape in 2 days with just 6 people deserves a place in the Guinness Book of Records, don’t you think?

If you follow this blog, you will have met several of our staff already, as we have been presenting them each month while celebrating them at our Fourth Friday gathering. We get together every month – without fail – to celebrate birthdays, reward for work well done and knock ourselves out with cake and ice cream. Occasionally we even throw in a little Karaoke competition to keep things interesting. (We celebrated Johnny Cash’s birthday with some “Burning Ring of Fire” en Espanol . I don’t think I’ve laughed that hard since!)

Most amazing are the anniversaries that we acknowledge each month. Many of our staff have been with us a long time, some for 10 years or more now. We have been blessed with the opportunity to employ some very dedicated and talented staff.   Births (Carley is pregnant), deaths (Tammy just lost a grandparent), good times (Papa Bill is coming!) and bad (it can’t all be good, sadly), we are one big family.

With both Adam’s and my family living internationally in New Zealand and Australia respectively, we rely on our Sew What? family for fun, friends and support. When there is no beer money, they bring their own beer and some for us, too – hey! Who could ask for more?