Creating graphics the size of a building can be an intimidating prospect for some people. I deal with the issues of proper files set up all day. Questions like “should the art be vector or raster, what resolution do I need to provide and so on come up every day. I’ve found, over the last few months, that if you provide your artwork as a .tif file with an end resolution of at least 75 ppi, you should be golden. Most artwork doesn’t need more than that. If you are doing something complex in Illustrator, I find that it’s the file rips and works better if you rasterize your art before you send it to us. In other words, give us a .tif file. For the most part, a .tif is the least complex of digital files from a data standpoint and the simplicity rips and prints much easier. You can call me if you are in doubt but for the most part, this is the case.
You may remember that, a couple of years ago, I posted about the Metal Mesh drapes that we made for The Decemberists. Through the brilliance of lighting designer Anne Militello, the metal mesh took on the appearance of any amazing Impressionistic oil painting. Well, Anne is also Head of the Lighting Design Program at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), so when Anne approached Megan to be a guest speaker to a Lighting Lab class, Megan was excited to participate.
Though the focus of the class is on theatrical lighting, it is important that lighting designers be familiar with the many types of stage drapes, as the style and fabric of drapery can impact and be impacted by the lighting design. Megan began the session by explaining the various types of stage curtains, from Grand Drapes to Backdrops, from Austrians to Tab Curtains, utilizing a Power Point presentation to show the students specific examples of each type of drape. Here’s one of the slides that was included in the presentation:
But the session was more than just a lecture. After the Power Point presentation, the session became even more interactive. Megan brought large samples of a number of different theatrical fabrics, including Cambio, Glimmerine, Poly Silk, Sharkstooth Scrim, and Metal Mesh. Using the lighting lab equipment, students were able to able to try out a variety of lighting designs and techniques on the various fabrics, to get hands-on experience on how each fabric is transformed by lighting.
All in all, it was a great evening – Megan really enjoyed teaching and interacting with all the talented and creative students.
t’s been am incredible year of creating artwork for some amazing clients. Im proud as can be to have worked with them all and look forward to what the new year holds. This is a big “Thank you” for the opportunities. I wish you, your families, extended families a sincere time of peace and joy during the holidays. Can’t wait to ROCK creatively what comes next year.
Sharkstooth Scrim is one of those fabrics that is so versatile and fun to work with from a creative stand point. When properly lit from the front, Sharstooth appears to be opaque and when the front lighting is turned off and it is back lit properly, you can create stunning lighting affects that can be viewed right through the material. One thing you might want to consider is combining custom cut pieces of digitally printed opaque material with the sharkstooth. This will in effect give your design an incredible dimensional quality creating eye catching shapes, shadows that add to the wow factor of your show.
Recently, Megan was approached by Nadia Shahin, Volunteer Coordinator for NFTE Greater Los Angeles. If you aren’t familiar with NFTE, it stands for “Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship.” Started in New York City in 1987, the organization’s mission is to “provide programs that inspire young people from low-income communities to stay in school, to recognize business opportunities and to plan for successful futures.” The organization now has more than ten program offices throughout the United States, as well as additional partner programs throughout the U.S. and the world.
Megan was asked to speak to a class of approximately 25 students, grades 6th to 8th, in the NFTE class of Elizabeth Clayton-Bennett at Davis Middle School in Compton, CA, right here in our neighborhood, about Megan’s experiences as an entrepreneur. Megan began the presentation by telling the students about how she got started as an entrepreneur at the age of 19, sewing at her kitchen table, and then over the years grew the business to the Sew What? Inc. that it is today (and added a second company, Rent What? Inc.). She also brought in Kimberly Lee, Sew What? Account Manager, to speak briefly about her own experiences as an entrepreneur graphic artist and web designer.
Following the presentations, Megan made the session interactive by encouraging the students to brainstorm ways to turn everyday objects into business opportunities. Using Sew What? tee shirts as props, she asked the students to think of ways that the shirts could be modified into a sellable item (other than a tee shirt). The students came up with some terrific ideas, including a purse, dog clothes, and a book cover, and for each student who came up with an idea, the student received a tee shirt to keep.
Megan really enjoyed meeting and speaking with the students – it means a lot to her to encourage the next generation of entrepreneurs!