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11 08, 2011

3D meet 2D

By |August 11th, 2011|Digital Printing|0 Comments

Something that can give a stage a great deal of depth is the planning and integration of real world objects in front of a printed backdrop. It takes some coordination and planning can help pull off the effect but the end result is worth it.
Case in point, we did an illustration of a steam punk machine complete with all the cogs, wheels, bells and whistles for Motley Crue. ( you can see it on the header of the graphic design page on

The stage designer used huge barrels, copper tubes, oil drums and alike placed strategically in front of the printed piece to pull off a dark, fire breathing mad science steam punk effect.

People still come up to me and tell me how much they loved that stage. Isn’t that what it’s all about. A memorable experience.

9 08, 2011

“Magical” Metal Mesh

By |August 9th, 2011|Clients, Projects|2 Comments

Earlier this year we were contacted by Jason Bishop, illusionist extraordinaire, regarding our Metal Mesh drapery.   He felt it had just the right look to complement his amazing illusions.  The textures are terrific, and the ability to light it in different colors gives it so much versatility.  After working with Sew What? Account Manager Gwen Winter, Jason chose to purchase a custom 25′ h x 45′ w Metal Mesh Drape, fashioned as a Tear-Away for that quick “magical” reveal.

Well, last week Jason contacted us again to rave about the drape.  He sent us photos of the drape on stage with The Jason Bishop Show.  They’re terrific photos – check them out!

Photo Courtesy Jason Bishop

Photo Courtesy Jason Bishop

Photo Courtesy Jason Bishop
6 08, 2011

Wood you?

By |August 6th, 2011|Digital Printing, Fabrics, News|0 Comments

Recently I was asked to create a custom wood texture and wood beams for a Kid Rock’s Born Free tour stage. The end product is a full blown Kid Rock Saloon set complete with branded, burned in Jim Beam(tm) logos and so on. This set looks like a real wood, old time western saloon. The effect is killer. The best part about this set is all the wood is actually printed fire proofed fabric. Every stair case, riser and even the bar itself is all covered in fabric that looks like thick, heavy wood beams.

For those of you that are reading this that deal with the logistics of moving a show from town to town, set up and tear down, you understand what a time saver, labor saver and money saver this is. What would normally take four men and thirty minutes to do now takes two men a few minutes because they’re not disassembling huge ridged panels. Not to mention less weight/ less fuel costs and so on. Something to think about. We can digitally create Wood, stone, Brick and Block or whatever you need and give you an awesome looking stage.