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Monthly Archives: February 2012

28 02, 2012

Voiles for Rafael Saadiq

By |February 28th, 2012|Fabrics, Products, Projects|1 Comment

Recently Rent What? Inc. had the pleasure of working with Raphael Saadiq on some beautiful drape rentals for his concert tour stage design. His crew wanted draping that was simple yet dramatic, something that could be lit to look different at each show if need be, and something that was versatile enough to be able to have its shape and style change from night to night. We came up with gorgeous White Voile draping 24’h by almost 70’w with 100% fullness (lots of pleating) from our Delightably White Drapery Collection, which you can see turned out to be exactly what was asked for.

Because of the sheer textile of White Voile, it could be dramatically lit with all sorts of colors and intensities to help create the right mood for each song being played. They were able to hang these drapes at different angles because of the clever usage of the drapes’ grommets and ties on top, and so they were able to make unique staging while still using the same drapes over and over again.

We love being able to come up with memorable drapery rentals for our clients. This was a perfect example of how we help accomplish what our clients want without them having to spend an arm and a leg on renting multiple types of drapes in order to create a new and unique feel for each show.

23 02, 2012

Full Proof Aspect Ratio and Resolution-

By |February 23rd, 2012|Digital Printing, Education|1 Comment

I love what I do, and I honestly can’t think of anything I’d rather be involved in than creating graphics for shows of all kinds. Many of the projects that come in for production are already created and technically ready for press. My job is to take a look at the structure of the files that are going to press. I check to make sure the art has enough data (ie: resolution so that it prints properly). I check for aspects like file format, color mode and last but not least document set up.

Document set up, in simplest terms, is the deciding factor that dictates if you’ll get a 30’x20′ backdrop if that’s what you want. Lately I’ve found that some designers are struggling with proper file set up .This may be caused by the fact that many graphic programs and computers have limits on document sizes and amount of data that they will push through. This said, a method I’ve found, that has not failed me, is to set up my art at 1/4 scale. If you desire a 20’x30′ backdrop for instance, set up your file (photoshop) 90″ x 60″ at 300 PPI-(pixels per inch)- This will give us a perfect 20’x30′-75ppi file to work with (at size) and a backdrop that will print perfectly.

I’m using 75ppi as an example of a good minimum resolution. You can give your files more resolution if your computer system will handle it. I’ve found that 150 ppi at size is the most you should ever need to assign to any art file for it to print well.

I hope this helps.

21 02, 2012

Masking Drapes for Church Retrofit

By |February 21st, 2012|News, Projects|1 Comment

Back in 2011, we were contacted by Mankin Media regarding custom masking drapes for a project they were working on.  Often, we never learn the full details of such projects, so it was great to receive an e-mail recently from Levi Watson at Mankin Media, telling us more about the project.

The project was Silverdale Baptist Church in Chattanooga, TN.  The original intention had been to build an entirely new auditorium for the church.  However, due to budget constraints, the project was altered, and the existing facility was retrofitted with a variety of new lighting and media equipment.  The custom masking drapery that Sew What? Inc. manufactured was included as part of the new design.  Always nice to hear the final result of our custom stage drapes!

Want to read more about this project?  Mankin Media has created an online portfolio with all the details.

17 02, 2012

Custom Guitar Design For Autism Charity.

By |February 17th, 2012|News, Projects|1 Comment

Ted Nugent Battle Axe Guitar
Ted Nugent Battle Axe Guitar


Early last summer after meeting and becoming friends with jewelry designer Rich Wright, we started collaborating on a couple of design projects on the side and after the hours of our day gigs. A mutual love for music and all things rock-n-roll naturally guided us to try our hand at designing custom guitars. Collectively, we thought that these guitars might be a great way to give back to our community by selecting a few well deserving charities and auctioning off these guitars to create awareness as well as raise much needed money for those charities. Our latest effort goes to benefit the charity Artists for Autism. Artists for Autism utilizes various forms of art – drawing, music, and much more – to connect with people with autism.

To benefit Artists for Autism, Rick and I have created a Ted Nugent themed design we are calling “The Battle Axe.”  This guitar features custom designed sterling silver hardware, bear claw volume and tone knobs designed by Rich and Nugent Zebra theme graphics featuring an illustration of Ted that I created. Ted has offered to sign the guitar and has been very helpful in getting the word out about the auction. The Nugent Battle Axe Guitar will be auctioned off on Ebay starting near the end of March. Details and a link to the auction will be available at their web site within the next week .

14 02, 2012

Why Not Try Something “Out of the Box”?

By |February 14th, 2012|Products|0 Comments

We here at Rent What? Inc. seem to have the most creative and inspiring clients in the world. Their requests and visions help inspire us to keep creating new and innovative designs for our customers to be able to utilize for their special events. Recently we had the opportunity to help create a “Shadowbox” for some clients of ours in Las Vegas, which turned out to be a smash hit!

We basically helped turn some of our super easy to assemble and use Pop Up Dressing Rooms into a fun, flirty, and sometimes even naughty Shadowbox for their fun-filled “James Bond” theme event. The best part is that they were such a huge hit, now we have companies renting them for all SORTS of themed events and parties, because they are so easy to set up and use, and add such wonderful and unique flair. You can use them for any theme that a fun and striking silhouette would help add that special touch to.

Next time you are interested in adding something special and spectacular to your theme event, why not try adding a few Shadowboxes to it? Just imagine what one could add to YOUR event. It will be something your guests talk about long after the party is over!