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12 07, 2013

Inspiring Budding Entrepreneurs through More Magazine

By |July 12th, 2013|Authors, Company, News|1 Comment

Recently, Megan was featured, along with three other woman entrepreneurs, in an article in the July/August edition of More Magazine, a nationally-distributed consumer magazine whose mission is to “celebrate women of style and substance with articles on style, health, work, spirituality and relationships.” It was exciting to pick up a copy of the magazine, read the article, and see the full page photo of Megan.

The story isn’t available online yet, but stop by a newsstand and pick up a copy of the magazine – I think you will enjoy it.

Interestingly enough, after the issue came out, Megan received an email from Cindy Urash of rls art limited in Warsaw, Indiana. After reading the article in More Magazine, Cindy wanted to reach out to Megan to share her own entrepreneurial story.  Below is a portion of her email to Megan:

Hello Megan,

I just finished reading the article about you and your company in the July/August issue of More Magazine and was quite impressed with your tenacity. What you have accomplished over the years has inspired me to push forward with my little company, rls art limited. My father

[Russel L. Snyder] was a well-known artist in Pittsburgh during the 1960’s and 1970’s….In 2000, I formed the small company with my mother and we began selling high-quality prints of his original artwork….My mother recently died, I have retired, and I have such a passion for the artwork, so I am planning to start once again to get the products out to a wider audience. . A couple of years ago I licensed two of the art images to a clothing shop in Greensboro, NC, and they created a limited edition line (50 garments) and sold out almost immediately. I had the fabric printed by a company in Rancho Cucamonga, CA [which has since closed]…. I am now in contact with a new fabric printing company, and they are creating the fabrics from recycled plastic water/pop bottles. Everything is eco-friendly and made in the USA….

It is certainly gratifying for Megan and all of us here to know that her story of starting and growing Sew What? Inc. over the years can serve as inspiration to Cindy and other budding entrepreneurs out there.

 

9 07, 2013

Pop-Up Dressing Rooms Are Going Out The Door, Fast and Furious!

By |July 9th, 2013|Products|0 Comments

“‘Tis the season,” we like to say around here nowadays. Not because of the holidays, but rather for CONCERT TOURING! This is a very busy time of year for both Rent What? and Sew What?, with helping set up our favorite production and audio-visual companies with all of the large-scale theatrical drapes, traveller track, solenoid systems, and LED backdrops they will need for their client’s national and international concert tours. One of the most often-rented items from our inventory this time of year is definitely our rental Pop-Up Dressing Rooms, which have been extremely popular from the moment they were offered as a rental option back in 2010.

These flat-roofed, 8’ x 8’ x 7’h, all-inclusive Pop-Up Dressing Rooms come in a kit for our clients’ complete convenience. Consisting of the extremely easy to install pop up frame, Velcro walls, hanging mirror, light and light fixture/clip, and rolling case, this kit makes having a portable dressing room anywhere you desire as easy as 1-2-3! These versatile instant set-ups can be used for a quick change area backstage or even offstage at an outdoor venue, for a “decompression” area for the band in between song sets, or even as a private tech area for the lighting and audio crew to be able to set up their control boards in. And recently, with the addition of a semi-opaque white fabric wall, these can also be used as exciting “Shadowboxes” for special events, or as a special effect for part of the artist’s performance, too.

We would love to provide a rental Pop-Up Dressing Room kit for your concert tour or other special event, but they go very quickly this time of year, so be sure to contact a Rental Representative to check for availability today!

 

6 07, 2013

Cool UV-Painted Backdrop for Zac Brown Band

By |July 6th, 2013|links, Products, Projects|0 Comments

Recently we did a cool project for the Zac Brown Band.  It started out as a fairly traditional (though large) 50′ h x 50′ w custom backdrop of Natural Heavy Weight Muslin.  When the scenic painter got a hold of it, however, it became truly special.

Utilizing special UV paints and artwork provided by the client, the scenic painter meticulously recreated a painted rendering of the band’s cover art from their latest album, “Uncaged“, which features a “Day of the Dead” figure.  Without lighting, the backdrop appears to be blank – but add the right lighting and the images dramatically appear.

What’s more, the backdrop is sewn as a kabuki, so after appearing to great effect, the sudden drop to the floor as the solenoids are released adds yet another level of drama to the show.

It truly is a fabulous backdrop – but don’t take my word for it, see for yourself…

4 07, 2013

Happy Independence Day

By |July 4th, 2013|Company|0 Comments

Today is the day to focus on what it means to be an American.  Here at Sew What? and Rent What?, we are proud to be  American companies and to label our goods as “Made in America.”  Not only do we manufacture all of our custom stage drapes, digitally printed backdrops, and other soft goods here at our facility in Southern California, but most of the materials we use in our sewn goods (such as fabric) are made by U.S. mills, and most of the hardware that we distribute (such as pipe and base hardware and curtain track) are also made here in the United States.  Our rental stage curtains are manufactured by Sew What? here in California, as is the equipment that we offer in our rental inventory.

It is nice to know that, in some small way, we are part of the historic tradition of American entrepreneurship and industry, and that we continue to support other U.S. businesses.

All of us here at Sew What? and Rent What? would like to wish all of you a safe and happy Fourth of July!