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Monthly Archives: September 2010

7 09, 2010

Meet our Creative Director, Shane Nelsen

By |September 7th, 2010|Company, Sew What Team|1 Comment

A couple of weeks ago, I posted about the “art” in a craft business.  Along those lines, I thought that this was a good time to tell you a little about Shane Nelsen, Sew What? Creative Director.

Shane’s association with the theatre and film began in his hometown of Salt Lake City, Utah, where he worked both as a model/actor and as a sound engineer, designer, and art director.  Upon moving to Southern California, he worked in the Entertainment and Special Events Department at Knott’s Berry Farm, where he designed sets and lighting for shows and concerts at the park, as well as working in the production, design, and art direction fields on the park’s annual Halloween Haunt.

Shane then ran his own business, Technical Entertainment Network (TEN), a production support group providing production design, art direction, lighting, sound, set construction and painting, staging and crewing for clients such as Dick Clark Productions and events such as the 1983 Olympic  Summer Games.  During this time, Shane also served as production designer, art director, and scenic artist for numerous film and television projects and rock videos, and worked as a lighting technician at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheater and Pacific Amphitheater..

In 1994, Shane transitioned into an emphasis on the special events industry, serving as Sales Director for Special Events and Corporate Event Design for Modern Display in Salt Lake City, and then as the primary Art Director and Project Manager for Party Planners West in Southern California, servicing client events including the 2004 Olympic Summer Games as well as numerous major sporting events, premier parties, and conventions.

Shane joined the Sew What? team in early 2005, serving as Senior Sales and Creative Director.  His extensive knowledge and expertise in design, production, and project manager makes him an invaluable resource to the company and our clients, whether the client is representing a major rock ‘n’ roll tour, a special event, or a traditional theatre.

2 09, 2010

Rent What’s New Site

By |September 2nd, 2010|News|2 Comments

I don’t know if you’ve had a chance to visit Rent What’s website recently, but if not, you have got to check it out.  The website has always been terrific, but recently they added some great new content and redesigned the navigation to make it even more user friendly.

The site really is fun to explore, and they have made it so easy to find what you are looking for.  I love the new Backdrops page (check out the LED backdrop information – remember, I posted about them last week), and the addition of separate web pages for each of the Specialty Drape Collections (such as the Rockin’ Red Drapery) means there is lots of inspiration for the show or event designer.

So, whether you’re looking for a drapery rental or just in the mood to check out some cool pictures, this is a gorgeous site to look through (and I bet you’ll come up with some great ideas for your next show or event!).