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15 05, 2013

Meet the Sew What? and Rent What? Staff, Part 13: Greg

By |May 15th, 2013|Company, Rent What Team, Sew What Team|0 Comments

In our next installment of “Meet the Staff”, I’d like to formally introduce you to the newest member of the SW? team—Greg Bowles.  He recently wrote a brief introduction in a previous blog entry, but I wanted to be sure to introduce him properly because we are so thrilled to have him here! His fantastic attitude, his sunny demeanor, and his ability to juggle ten spinning plates in the air simultaneously in his position as SW Purchasing Manager, all make him an outstanding addition to our “Whatters” family. Please take a moment and read a little bit about Greg, nicknamed “Mr. Sunshine”, and you’ll see why we are so happy to have him working with us on a daily basis!

When did you first start at Sew What?

I am the newest member here at Sew What?, having been hired as the Purchasing Manager in February of 2013. In the few months that I’ve been here, my duties have not changed that much. However, I am always open to new responsibilities and challenges, and look forward to everything that this company has to offer!

If you could take a vacation to anywhere in the world, where would you go?

I would love to go back to Paris, France.  I went about 6 years ago, and completely fell in love with the food, the art, the culture, the architecture, and… did I mention the food?? I just couldn’t get enough of the ham and cheese baguettes while I was there—they are absolutely perfect in their simplicity.

What kind of work did you do before coming to Sew What?

I worked 9 plus years in the theatrical textile industry as an Operations/Purchasing Manager, very similar to what I do now for Sew What? and I really enjoyed it. Then I went into a seemingly different field for a few years as a Pharmaceutical Technician. You’d be surprised at how similar these positions were, though—both deal with customer service in a broad sense, and very complex logistics on a more basic level. When a position arose to work at Sew What?, though, I jumped at the opportunity and am now happily back to working in purchasing and textiles again.

Do you have a special talent?

I enjoy painting watercolors and pencil sketching of all kinds, but I am really inspired to paint and draw realistic nature images, especially. I was accepted into the Rhode Island School of Design and almost pursued a career in art and painting—but I decided that I would rather have that as a wonderful outlet for my creativity, rather than having to make it as a means of income.

What is your favorite memory from being part of the Sew What? family?

I really enjoy all of the lunches that the company puts on for its employees!

What is your favorite sports team/TV Show/Book/Movie?

My favorite TV shows are Scandal and Game of Thrones (total guilty pleasures!). My favorite book is Tuesdays with Morrie, which I can read again and again. And my favorite movies are by far the original Indiana Jones and The Breakfast Club—classics that never get old.

What are some of your hobbies?

I love to sketch and paint watercolors whenever I have some free time.

What project have you worked on recently that was interesting or challenging?

All of them are interesting and challenging in their own way.

Anything more about your time here at SW?

Fantastic work environment and really friendly people—this is an amazing place to work!

10 05, 2013

Original Uses of Rental Drapery

By |May 10th, 2013|Clients, Projects|0 Comments

Rent What? has a lot of innovative clients who never cease to amaze us with their clever and original uses of our theatrical rental drapes for their special events. One of these clients, Forté, is one of the leading Event Planning and Management companies in the country, and we are always thrilled when they contact us to rent some of our versatile rental drapes for one of their remarkable events. Forte has recently been able to utilize some of our lightweight and easy to install Metal Mesh Drapes from our Industrial Textures Drapery Line, as well as our simple and ready-to-go White Supervel pipe and drape panels, in some very unique and stunning ways.

For an awards ceremony at a major resort hotel in Atlanta, Georgia, Forté hung their client’s company sign behind six of our rental 18’h x 9’w metal mesh panels, using our drapes as a kind of “scrim” backdrop. The look turned out amazing—seeing the company’s sign “peek through” the mesh with the gorgeous front and back lighting on the drapes was one of the most inventive ways we’ve ever seen our rental mesh drapes used for one of our clients’ stage designs.

Then for a huge company meeting in Naples, Florida for an office supplier buying group, they were able to use an alcove at the hotel to hang six 23’h x 9’w metal mesh panels behind a foam board graphic sign of the company. Using some beautiful and theatrical front lighting, they were able to create a memorable look for the event that was both dramatic and inspiring for their clients.

Lastly, we absolutely loved how Forté was able to use some of our simple 20’h x 15’w White Supervel PB Panels to help glamorize an important regional sales meeting for a national AV equipment company. By adding theatrical lighting to fully saturate these white drapes with gorgeous color, they were able to add some brilliance to an already colorful and striking production design. This lightweight, hassle-free draping was easy to install and versatile enough to help them create the exact look they were going for.

Seeing our rental drapes being used in such unique and effective ways makes us so proud of our exceptional clients. We love being a part of their special events, and we are excited to see what impressive ways they will utilize our rental stage draping for next!

7 05, 2013

Meet the Sew What? and Rent What? Staf, Part 12: Kimberly

By |May 7th, 2013|Company, Rent What Team, Sew What Team|0 Comments

In our next installment of “Meet The Staff” I’d like to introduce you to Kimberly Lee, affectionately referred to around here as “KLee”. She is one of our hard-working Sew What? Account Managers, and she has also recently become a contributor to this blog. Her upbeat energy is infectious to the entire staff, and her incredible creative eye has helped the company on numerous projects. Please take a moment to read a little bit about this exceptional person, and you’ll see why we are so thrilled to have KLee as an important member of our “Whatters” family !

When did you first start at Sew What? What were you originally hired to do, and how have your duties changed since working here?

I was originally hired back in September of 2011 as a Sales Representative for SW. I’ve had the pleasure of growing into this position, and I get to expand my duties more and more each day.

If you could take a vacation to anywhere in the world, where would you go?

I would go back to Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland. It’s this hidden little gem of an Alpine village nestled in the Valley of the Elves. There are over 70 waterfalls that spill over majestic granite cliffs in this one area of Switzerland alone, and it is so beautiful that producers based “Rivendale” from the movie Lord of The Rings on its awe-inspiring terrain. It’s one of the most gorgeous places on the planet, and I would love to go back again someday and explore as much of it as I can!

What kind of work did you do before coming to Sew What?

I worked in the Event Planning industry and as a screen printer for Rugby Outfitter in Washington.

Do you have a special talent?

Being creative is my most prized talent—either in photography, set design, costume design, graphics, etc. I just love to be creative as much as possible.

What is your favorite memory from being part of the Sew What? family?

Our Billy Idol outing with other Sew What? employees. I had just started working here and was able to join them on a last minute outing to Fantasy Springs Casino and Resort to see Billie Idol in concert. It was a blast, and a great way to get to know my colleagues in a non-work environment, but still had direct connections to our industry.

What is your favorite sports team/TV Show/Book/Movie?

My favorite sports team has got to be the New Zealand Rugby Team—YOU KNOW IT! And I love to check out Indie films and documentaries showing around in the LA area. One of my favorite places to go is the Old Town Music Hall, which showcases a lot of classic Hollywood films there.

What are some of your hobbies?

I love to be inspired, and find that our community, and our industry, is FILLED with inspiration! I love photography of all kinds, and try to do as much of it as time permits. And when I’m really lucky, I get to go to rock shows around town too.

What project have you worked on recently that was interesting or challenging?

Helping create and produce a new style of drape design for Rent What? has been extremely challenging, but also incredibly rewarding.

Also, recently I got to help create a stage backdrop for a world-famous band that was made to look like an industrial hard set, but it had to be made completely out of soft fabrics so that it could tour with the band easier. Seeing this one-of-a-kind finished product looking the way the production team dreamed of was very exciting.

Anything more about your time here at SW?

It’s filled with lots of good times!

3 05, 2013

Thinking Beyond The Drape

By |May 3rd, 2013|Products, Projects|1 Comment

Naturally, our primary focus here is on soft goods – especially theatrical drapery and digital backdrops.  On the Sew What? side, our manufacturing staff spends their days sewing everything from Austrians, to Traveler Curtains, to Backdrops.  On the Rent What? side, our warehouse staff is busy readying outgoing orders and inspecting rental Austrians and Swags and much more.

But we know that traditional theatrical drapery isn’t the only way to dress a stage in soft goods, and so I wanted to share with you a few other options to add verticality and interest to the stage design in addition to traditional drapery.

Consider some of these:

Groovy Goth Chandeliers

One of the newest items in Rent What?s “Oh So Swanky” series, these chandeliers are truly unique.  Measuring 30″ in diameter by 6 feet at the longest point, these chandeliers drip with layer upon layer of white poly silk, each length hand cut so that none is exactly the same.  What makes these chandeliers particularly versatile is that, depending on the drapery used with them, as well as the lighting techniques that are applied, the chandeliers can evoke so many different moods.

Hang them with soft and elegant white drapery, such as the Delightably White series, and the chandeliers appear elegant and ethereal.  Or, as in this photo, match them with Metal Mesh and they become eerie and gothic.

Mylar Drapes

Looking for a backdrop, but want something a little more sparkly and shiny than a traditional fabric drape?  A Mylar Drape may be the way to go.  Available for rental in Silver, or for purchase in a range of colors, these drapes are made of layers of narrow strips of Mylar.  Depending on the lighting, these waterlike drapes can be reminiscent of a fall of icicles, or they can shimmer and shake like Liza Minelli in “Cabaret.”

Mirror Disks

Suspended on clear monofilament, these gold mirrored disks float through the air as if by magic.  Beautiful in their natural gold state when lit with white lights, try lighting them with blue to evoke a smoky, seductive mood.  With each strand hung individually, the sky is the limit in the design options.  Hang many strands together for a clustered look, or space them further apart for a more random look.

They say to “think outside the box,” so why not “think beyond the drape”?  By combining beautiful and interesting traditional stage drapery with more unusual hanging pieces, you can take your design from nice to extraordinary.

1 05, 2013

Meet the Sew What? and Rent What? Staff, Part 11: Andrea

By |May 1st, 2013|Company, Rent What Team, Sew What Team|0 Comments

In our next installment of “Meet The Staff”, I am happy to introduce you to one of our more recent hires, Andrea Rennard. She is the Graphics Coordinator for Sew What? and has been a very busy and productive member of our team since last summer when she first arrived. Her incredible background in graphic design, her in-depth eye for detail, and her willingness to keep working at a project until it’s perfect in the eyes of the client make her a truly valuable asset to everyone here. Please read on to learn a little more about Andrea and see why we are so lucky to have her as part of the “Whatters” family!

 When did you first start at Sew What?/Rent What? What were you originally hired to do, and how have your duties changed since working here?

I was hired in July of 2012 to be the on-site Graphics Coordinator at Sew What? Inc. I receive all of the artwork from our clients, and check the specs to make sure it is able to be printed at the desired dimensions–the larger the backdrop, the more challenging it can be. In addition, I check how the colors were engineered to ensure we have the best, richest colors for the desired substrate. After I check the artwork, I provide proofs for the client. Once the client signs off on the proof, I schedule it to be printed accordingly with the due date, check to see if it needs to be flame-proofed, and handle any of the other artwork that may need to be printed.

If you could take a vacation to anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Well, I LOOOOVVE to travel, so this is a tough one to narrow down to just one place. I would have to say the next major international destination I would like to go to is Thailand. I’ve heard nothing but how amazing and beautiful it is there. I love culture in general and try to travel abroad as often as possible, and Thailand seems so exotic. Great weather, amazing food, and affordability– what more could I ask for? When I’m fortunate enough to make it there, I plan on drinking only bottled water though

What kind of work did you do before coming to Sew What?/Rent What?

Prior to Sew What?, I worked in the art dept. for various studios in the film industry where we did all of the graphics and set design. I went to film and theater school back in Orlando and came to LA to pursue “The Dream.” I had a very enjoyable and rewarding career in film and have worked on films like “Angels and Demons”, “Transformers 3”, and most recently “Argo”. I loved working in the film industry, but I feel very fortunate to have such an amazing opportunity to work at Sew What? and fulfill my first love—which is live entertainment. On any given day, I am working with some of the biggest bands in the music business…FUN stuff!

Do you have a special talent?

My background in graphics and set design.

What is your favorite memory from being part of the Rent What? family?

It has to be the Christmas party of 2012. It was filled with lots of good food, dancing, and games. I don’t think I’ve ever laughed as much at a Christmas party as I did that day–lots of silly moments, and a great way to build camaraderie! I give major props to Adam and Megan (owners of the company) for making it such a unique and enjoyable holiday celebration, and best of all, it was great that it included both the warehouse and the office staff.

What is your favorite sports team/TV Show/Book/Movie?

I’m a native Orlando Florida girl, so have been a die hard Orlando Magic fan since I was a kid…Through the good times and the bad. 😉 My parents have had season tickets since the beginning, and I love attending games when back in “O-town” or when they are out here playing against the Lakers or Clippers. My favorite movie is Shawshank Redemption–I think it is a brilliant film, and I can watch it over and over again.

What are some of your hobbies?

I’m an avid runner and run several times a week and even did a half marathon 2 years ago (although I was definitely at the back of the pack). Otherwise, I love anything dealing with the arts– I like to check out local art galleries as often as possible, and even draw in my free time.

What project have you worked on recently that was challenging or interesting?

The most challenging project I have worked on recently was an order for a hugely popular country star which consisted of enormous backdrops, and it was top priority that the blacks in each tile matched exactly the same. When printing such large tiles, there is always room for inconsistencies, so it really kept me on my toes examining each tile as they were printed.

One of the most interesting projects I’ve worked on recently was for a special flooring (similar to Marley) that was digitally printed on and then used as a catwalk. This job was for one of the most popular bands in the world, so I was very excited to have the privilege of laying up the graphics on this project, which will be used for their upcoming tour. In addition, this was my first experience digitally printing flooring, so I was excited to expand my professional knowledge in this area, too.

Anything more about your time here at Sew What? / Rent What?

Friendly, dedicated, and highly knowledgeable staff.  Truly wonderful people with a family environment.

Oh, and we laugh A LOT!!!