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29 07, 2010

Rent What’s Specialty Drapery Series

By |July 29th, 2010|Products|3 Comments

I love the way that Rent What has organized their specialty drapery into different series – “Silver Satin,” “Rockin’ Red,” “Delightably White,” “Industrial Textures,” and “Timeless & Traditional.”  And the way that the series are presented on their website is terrific, too.  Next to each series on the page is a list of the various drapery elements available in the series (such as Austrians and Swags), several photos of the drapes, and a link to a pdf “Profile” with more information, photos, and inspiration.

It makes it so much easier for the client – to be able to choose from a variety of custom stage curtains in various fabrics that coordinate together a achieve one cohesive look.  Rather than having to start from scratch, all the customer has to do is review the information and “Profile” file for each series and then select which series best fits the design vision for the show or event.

From there, in consultation with the folks at Rent What?, the designer can discuss the different drapery options before choosing the specific elements to rent.

Each series includes beautiful custom stage drapes and theatrical backdrops, but the one that I find the most interesting and innovative is the “Industrial Textures” series.  It’s a little more “rock-n-roll,” a little more funky.  It includes elements such as Metal Mesh drapes, Camo Net backdrops, and Textura (a gorgeous crushed fabric).

26 07, 2010

Sew What? Star of the Month – August 2010

By |July 26th, 2010|Sew What Team|0 Comments

Meet Ana Rosa, Project Manager

Ana Rosa has been with Sew What? for five years

If you could take a vacation to any place in the world, where would you go, and why?  I’d like to visit Cuba.

Who is your favorite music artist? Laura Flores.

Do you have a special talent?   She doesn’t think so, but those of us at Sew What? think her cooking is pretty amazing!

What is your favorite movie/TV show? Spanish soaps

What is your favorite memory from Sew What?  All of the hospitality and the Christmas parties.

What project have you worked on recently that was interesting or challenging?  Some challenging red stars.


22 07, 2010

Sew What? Featured in Australia

By |July 22nd, 2010|Authors, Company, News|0 Comments

As you may know from reading this blog, Megan (founder & President of Sew What? Inc.) was born and raised in Australia.  Though she has lived in the United States for many years (and is now a US citizen), it is still a kick to find her and Sew What? Inc. recognized in her home country.

The Sydney (Australia) Morning Herald recently published an article about Megan and Sew What?, and I really enjoyed reading it – it gives a true portrayal of Megan, the company, and the many roles that custom stage curtains play.  

The staff photo used in the article is especially fun to see – all of us had a fun time posing for Megan.  She gathered us all together with a bunch of fabric and said, “Have fun,” and we sure did!  Here is another one taken during the same shoot:

I think these photos really show the spirit of Sew What?  We take our work seriously, but we still have fun while doing it!

20 07, 2010

Fabric in Shanghai

By |July 20th, 2010|Fabrics, News, Products|0 Comments

During Megan’s trip to Shanghai for the Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network conference, she had the opportunity to meet up with a friend who lives in China and visit Shanghai’s garment district (including a few fabric mills).

She reported that it was a fascinating experience, seeing how fabrics are made and sold in China.  She also had a chance to take some great pictures. 

To me, the most interesting was to see the twists of yarn ready for weaving – quite reminiscent of the yarn used for home knitting and crocheting.

Working in a company that manufacturers custom stage curtains, I am around fabric all the time – and yet pictures like this continue to educate and inspire me.  They remind me that the textile industry operates in so many countries – there are fabric mills and suppliers in so many countries around the world, including the U.S., Canada, Mexico, China, India, and many more.  It really is a small world!

16 07, 2010

Backdrops for Billy Idol

By |July 16th, 2010|Digital Printing, Projects|0 Comments

John Rios of GrafixJam strikes again!  Last week, I told you about the incredible artwork that he did for Rod Stewart.  Well, we were also privileged recently to use artwork created by John for a trio of digitally printed backdrops commissioned for the Billy Idol 2010 tour.

The scenic backdrops were made as one center panel, 20′ h x 16′ w, with two reverse and repeat side panels, each at 16′ h x 10′ w.  FR Heavy Knit was selected as the fabric substrate for its durability and resistance to wrinkling (so important for tours!).  After printing, the panels were topically treated for flame retardancy, we did the finish sewing, and off went the pieces to show rehearsals here in California.

Take a look at John’s working drawing:

The tour kicked off in Europe in early June and arrives for the North American leg of the tour in early August.  If you think John’s working drawing is amazing, check out this photo taken at one of the tour’s European shows.  The panels really are even more impressive at full size.