It seems that almost every day, we are making a new digitally printed backdrop for an artist or band. It is really interesting to see these backdrops in the various stages of construction. First, the individual panels running through our wide format digital printer. Then, the panels being matched together and sewn. And finally, the finished backdrop hanging on our mechanical truss for the final quality control check before being shipped to the client.
Even more exciting, however, is seeing these backdrops actually in use – on stage with the artist or band. It makes it so much more real – to know that these beautiful pieces went from plain fabric to beautiful scenic backdrop to part of an actual concert!
One of the backdrops that I have recently seen onstage was a 30′ h x 32′ backdrop that we made earlier this year for Sons of Sylvia, the country music trio of brothers. Printed on FR Heavy Knit, a durable wrinkle-resistant digital substrate, the backdrop was also topically treated for flame retardancy after printing, meeting National, California and New York City standards for flame retardancy. Also included on the order was a Tear Away header, which allows the backdrop to function as a kabuki without the need for a solenoid system.
Seeing it in a photo is great, but video footage is even better. Check out this video on YouTube – the backdrop is certainly a prominent feature in the show!