In my next installment of “Meet the Staff”, I would like to re-introduce you to one of the company’s most veteran employees, Shane Nelson. We’ve talked about this very special person in blog entries before, but I wanted to make sure and officially introduce him to our readers so they can see for themselves how innovative, creative, and hard-working he is. Shane’s incredible eye for detail has helped produce some of the most interesting and inspirational stage designs for our clients we’ve ever seen. Please take a moment and read a little bit about why we are so thrilled to have Shane as a member of our SW? 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 began working here at Sew What? over 8 years ago as a Sales Rep and have had basically the same duties here ever since.  However, because of my prior experience in this business, I have been lucky enough to get to work on some of Sew What’s larger projects. I am now Sew What?’s Creative Director and Senior Sales Rep, which I truly enjoy.

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

I have worked as a large-scale party planner, and for over 30 years as a set and stage decorator, as well as an Art Director and Production Designer in Hollywood. I was fortunate enough to be able to design sets for music videos, television shows, movies, and stage productions of all kinds. One of my proudest jobs was working for the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics Bid Committee. I was sent to Budapest to be able to personally help set up the displays for this bid, and I was able to be on stage back in Utah when we were officially chosen to host the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. After all of that hard work and energy, it was extremely gratifying, and also very exciting!

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

I would go to Paris! I am an official “foodie” and am completely taken with the food, art, culture, and architecture of that beautiful city.

 Do you have a special talent?

I love to paint watercolors and acrylics, mostly scenery and nature. I have also been playing guitar my whole life—I learned with the Classical Spanish style, but enjoy playing lots of other styles, too. I have also learned how to play some piano, too.

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

I have really enjoyed all of our “outside work” social functions—it’s a great opportunity to get to know my colleagues on a more personal level, and be able to enjoy one another in a less professional environment. We always have so much fun!

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

I absolutely love the television show “Dexter”, and I can watch “Phantom of the Opera” as a movie or play over and over again. I’m not a huge fan of sports normally, but I am totally addicted to watching the Olympics every time they are on—of course, I will always have a huge interest in watching the Winter Olympic Games, no matter where they are being held!

 What are some of your hobbies?

I have substituted doing any personal hobbies for working on our Spanish Colonial house—it takes up pretty much all of my extra time. We just finished doing a new roof for the house, and we enjoy working on indoor and outdoor remodeling of all kinds. I have just as much fun puttering in our yard as I do almost anything else!

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

Recently I’ve worked on some custom mixed media backdrops for some internationally famous performers. Working with their production designers, I was able to utilize my experience and knowledge of art directing to help produce one-of-a-kind creations never seen before. It was very challenging, but also very rewarding to see the end results.

 Anything more about your time here at Sew What?

I have always enjoyed all of the company’s outside excursions and events, and look forward to being able to have a lot of fun with my co-workers!