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Monthly Archives: March 2011

30 03, 2011

Janet Jackson # 1’s

By |March 30th, 2011|News, Projects|0 Comments

Last month we did an interesting project for Janet Jackson’s 2011 tour.  Most of the time, we either make a theatrical drape or a scenic backdrop (often digitally printed).  In this case, however, we combined the two, with great results, and I wanted to share.

We started out by making a pair of Bi-Parting Traveler Curtains, each 30′ h x 30′ w, from sewn flat in Black 22oz Encore.  This achieved a traditional drapery look with deep blacks and full opacity.  We then added digitally printed elements by appliqueing one half of the digital design to the onstage edge of each of the drapes.  

With the drapes closed, the design is front and center, with the white of the digital design really “popping” against the deep black of the Encore drapes.  Want to see more?  There is a great photo of these drapes – check it out on Flickr.

25 03, 2011

“Industrial Textures” Drapery Collection

By |March 25th, 2011|Products|1 Comment

So far, I’ve told you about several of the drapery collections available at Rent What?  These include “Rockin’ Red,” “Timeless and Traditional,” “Silver Satin,” and “Delightfully White.”  Today I thought I’d tell you about what may be our most edgy – the “Industrial Textures” drapery collection.

Rental Drapery ProfileIndustrial Textures


  • Aluminum Metal Mesh
  • IFR Texturelite / Silver
  • IFR Texturelite / Pewter
  • FR Camo Net / Brown-Beige

A La Carte Elements:

Select the perfect pieces to compliment your stage and satisfy your budget.

Why we love it:

Curvaceous and cutting edge. This series focuses on mixed media pieces and textiles that will please artists and lighting designers alike.

Key People:

Disturbed, Nickelback and Casting Crowns.


Compliment these stand alone pieces with masking drapes from the traditional BLACKout series.


Client recently raved “Me Likey Rentals”. We don’t think it gets much better than that. Do you?


Mixed Media meets textile mania. These kids have personality.

23 03, 2011

More Scenic Backdrops for Little Big Town

By |March 23rd, 2011|Digital Printing, News, Projects|0 Comments

Last year, I posted about some beautiful digitally printed backdrops that we made for Little Big Town’s 2010 tour.  Well, this year we were excited to be asked to provided additional scenic backdrops for their 2011 tour – and this time the project included not only two digital backdrops, but a gorgeous handpainted backdrop as well, all 24′ h x 40′ w.  Of course, the artwork was created by, you guessed it, John Rios of GrafixJam.

Each of the two digitally printed backdrops had a unique image – one in black and white depicting a country church, and the other a graphic image of a black bird silhouette over a red, yellow and black geometric pattern.

Photo Courtesy of Bobby Simmons

Gorgeous, isn’t it?  Even more impressive is the handpainted backdrop.  Painted on NFR Muslin and then treated for flame retardancy afterwards, this drop features an image of a hand-stitched American flag.

Photo Courtesy of Bobby Simmons

It’s beautiful as is – but there is a surprise waiting when the lighting changes!  You’d never realize it looking at the photo above, but there is a hidden message painted on it in invisible UV paint.

Photo Courtesy of Bobby Simmons

Pretty cool effect, don’t you think!  I remember when we first hung this in our production shop, after the painting was complete, and everyone was amazed at how beautiful it was.  It is so exciting to see it on stage, with all the lighting effects.  Wow!

18 03, 2011

Happy Clients – What We Like to Hear

By |March 18th, 2011|Company, News|0 Comments

There are so many ways to measure business success, but the one that we find the best is hearing from our clients that they are love our custom stage drapes.  What better way is there for a prospective new client to judge the quality of our work than by hearing from our current clients?  Here are just a few client testimonials that we have received recently at our sister company, Rent What?

The pop up dressing room is great. I love the ease of the buttons and not the old school buttons that hurt your finger tips trying to get it opened, etc

– Conan O’Brian Tour

The Carrie Underwood rentals with the velcro worked great- kept our turn around time short to just rip them down. I was very pleased with both products. That you had pre-assembled the swag and drape- everything was just fantastic, perfectly customized to be highly functional onstage and for that I am truly grateful. In this regard you guys are very uniquely service oriented.

– Carrie Underwood @ the ACMA’s

Twas a thing of beauty. Perfect as always!

– Nickelback Tour

Thanks for hooking us up with the awesome curtain.

– Hanson Tour

Thank you for the great gear you provided and the shop support you afforded us early on in pre production. Everything went great. We had a 100% success rate with our Kabuki drops.

You run a wonderful company and I look forward to working with you once again in the near future.

– Alice in Chains Tour

It worked out beautifully. The curtain was the perfect finishing touch to our children’s musical. It pulled everything together. My experience with Rent What? was pleasant from start to finish. I found everyone to be very helpful and professional. I will definitely rent from you again. Thank you!

– Daren Bachman

I appreciate how much time and care you guys put into your business. Your growth has been impressive, phenomenal, and well conceived. Thank you for everything.

– Local High Profile Staging Client

Seriously–that grey drop as the kabuki was absolutely perfect –I need to add kabuki effects to my every day life somehow, it’s such a thrill!!! ….rig one up in front of the dinner table, the candles flickering behind it and then woooosh! or surprise parties! or Christmastime! or blind dates! And the truss borders, holy moley, they really add a lot to the set, they were a huge hit. Muchas Gracias!

– The Yeah Yeah Yeah’s at the Greek

After years of interacting with you on the phone, it was great to finally be able to meet you! Thank you for your beautiful drapes and I’m happy to work with you every time I get the chance.

– Mary J Blige Tour

16 03, 2011

Installing Traveler Track

By |March 16th, 2011|Education, Products|1 Comment

Traveler track is the most common way in which the custom stage curtains that we make are hung, and we are proud to be an authorized distributor for Automatic Devices Company (ADC), one of the major U.S. manufacturers of curtain track.

In many cases, the track is purchased by major theatre companies or music tours who are experienced in the installation of traveler track.  In other cases, however, the track is purchased by a school or other organization that has never installed curtain track and is, naturally, somewhat apprehensive about the prospect.

The reality is that, in most cases, installation of traveler track is a fairly simple, straight-forward situation, and there are several resources available to help.  ADC publishes a variety of schematics and installation instructions, which are available on our website.

At Rent What? they have a new set of instructions available for installing bi-parting traveler track. They spent some time looking at the various resources available to help with the install process and felt that this was an area where clients might have questions. They have tried their new instruction set with a variety of clients and feel it is “right on” for helping cut to the chase in terms of the rope threading and the carrier and end pulley placement. It’s great because it is written for the “layperson” and even includes pictures. You can view it here and here.