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27 03, 2014

Hidden Talents

By |March 27th, 2014|Company, News, Rent What Team, Sew What Team|1 Comment

So often we settle into a job and a job description……… and then that is what we do… day in and day out.  It’s an easy trap. I have myself been guilty of it more than once in my career. We find something that we do well – but as tasks often expand to fill the time provided, the opportunity or motivation to add “more or varied” tasks voluntarily to our job description doesn’t often take priority.

So this is a short but mighty shout out to our one and only RICK GARCIA. You see he is a master of so many trades and has been here with us now for 8 years. Hired initially as our receptionist back in 2006, Rick has proved again and again that he is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to mastering new skills. In his current position, he manages the warehousing departments here at Sew What? / Rent What? and is integral in the coordination and day to day of the many processes that we have.

Software – hardware – warehousing – inventory – staff culture – processes – maintenance – and management……. he does it ALL.  And with a smile.

But recently Rick took on a new project – and has blown us all out of the water with his mad skills…… You see he put together a marketing video for us – to showcase some of our products. Not just one video – but now 4 videos! And there are more on the horizon…..!

Turns out that Rick has some serious skills when it comes to editing and compiling content. He took stills, videos, archived information and newly researched data – text and animations, and audio to cap it all off. We are SO excited to showcase these wonderful new videos – thanks to Rick.

Enjoy our Products video – so expertly compiled and prepared by Rick -…… 


Thanks Rick – you Rock.

26 03, 2014

Rediscovering the Inspiration of Our Portfolios

By |March 26th, 2014|Products, Projects|0 Comments

This morning, I happened to be on our websites and on a whim decided to check out  the Sew What? Portfolio and the Rent What? Portfolio. Of course, I have looked at our portfolios many times over the years, but as it has been awhile since I last checked them out, it seemed like I saw them with fresh eyes.


They brought back a lot of memories about the various projects we have worked on over the last 17+ years, and also made me realize how inspirational the portfolios can be to tour designers, special event coordinators, and others trying to get ideas on how to use stage and special event drapery to enhance their design.

While on the portfolios, the projects featured may be specific to a certain type of event (such as a Rock and Roll tour), in reality, designers of any type of show or event can find inspiration in any of the portfolios. A project in our portfolio that was originally created for or used in a theatre, for example, could inspire a Rock and Roll tour designer to choose similar stage drapery for their tour set design.

A couple of projects in particular struck my eye as being not only examples of beautiful and unique stage drapery, but also examples of “crossover” design.

In the Sew What? Rock and Roll Portfolio, we feature an amazing custom band backdrop (see photo above) created for the tour of major recording artist Josh Groban. Featuring hundreds of fabric squares in shades of white, ivory and silver, this shimmery backdrop has amazing movement and texture. Why not consider a backdrop like this for a luxurious look at a wedding, charity gala, or other special event?

In the Rent What? Portfolio, components from the Rockin’ Red Drapery Collection, including swagged headers, legs, and borders, are used to set the stage at the Pinnacle Awards. This beautiful and versatile drapery collection would be a stunning addition to the design of a music tour set or a dance performance.

These are just two projects from the many featured in our portfolios. So, if you are in the midst of designing your theatre, music tour set, or special event décor, take a look at our portfolios –you are sure to be inspired!

24 03, 2014

The Perfect Choice of Material Highlights Exciting Product Launch

By |March 24th, 2014|Products, Projects|0 Comments

Having exactly the right material for your special event’s stage design can be critical to its overall success. Picking the material and style of drape that will work best for your event is well worth a little extra research, and that is exactly what our representatives are here for!


A fantastic example of choosing the perfect material for your event is the reveal launch of the Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental Airplane. With a huge live audience of hundreds of guests and dignitaries, as well as thousands watching live online, this reveal needed to go off without a hitch. Our client used one of our extremely strong and completely reliable Kabuki Systems, and needed to be sure they had a drape that would fall beautifully and robustly, so the material of the drape needed to be spot-on. They chose 60’h x 225’w of our Black Masking rental drapes, which you can see fell cleanly and neatly, producing a breathtaking and sensational reveal for everyone watching.

With so many different fabrics and substrates to choose from, it can sometimes become a little confusing and overwhelming to feel like you’re picking the right one. Let a representative help you figure out which material and style of drape will make YOUR special event absolutely spectacular!

19 03, 2014

Not All Fabrics Are Created Equal – Find the Right Fabric for Your Needs

By |March 19th, 2014|Education, Fabrics|1 Comment

You may not realize it, but there is a wide range of flame retardant fabrics available to meet a variety of needs. Whether you are looking for a Grand Drape for a theatre, specialty drape for a special event, or a backdrop for a music tour, there is a fabric out there for you.  Today, I thought I’d tell you a little bit about the different categories of theatrical and special event fabrics.

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Satin is a popular option for Austrian Curtains.  In this photo, a Silver Satin Austrian is transformed through stage lighting.

Velvets / Velours are used primarily for theatrical drapery, especially Grand Drapes.  Certain velours (especially Encore Velour) are also used for masking drapery.

Duvetyne / Commando Cloth. These brushed finish fabrics are generally used for black economy masking drapery and stage skirting.   Colored Commando Cloth is also used for economy theatrical and exhibit drapery.

Scenic FabricsThese woven fabrics are typically used for backdrops and cycloramas.  Scenic fabrics also work well for projection surfaces.

Scrim, Leno and BobbinetteThese net-like fabrics are used in conjunction with specialty stage lighting for projection and special effects.

Sheers, Satins and Silks.  These lightweight, shimmery fabrics are frequently used for special event drapery as well as for Austrian Drapes, Swags and other specialty drapery for music tours.

Stretch Fabrics are often made into shapes such as triangles and stars, which are then stretched to a taut surface, suitable for projection or lighting.  Tension Fabric Shapes are a favorite stage design choice for Houses of Worship.

Masking, Blackout and Lining. These opaque fabrics can mask off areas of the stage from sight, as well as block out some or all light.  Depending on the level of opacity needed, as well as the style of drapery chosen, these may be used on their own or as a lining to a different fabric.

Event and Display Fabrics are lightweight fabrics most often used as exhibit booth drapery. Most are permanently flame retardant and easy care.

Printable Fabrics are used to create digitally printed scenic backdrops via a grand format digital printer.  Fabric, mesh and vinyl printable fabrics are available, with fabric used most frequently indoors and mesh and vinyl used most frequently for outdoor shows.

Outdoor Fabrics are durable coated polyesters and PVC products (vinyl and mesh) which stand up well to the elements, allowing for use at outdoor shows.

For a downloadable whitepaper answering questions on fabric choice, see our whitepaper, “Making the Best Fabric Choice for Stage Draperies

14 03, 2014

Rent What? Equipos de caída Kabuki hacen Solenoides simples

By |March 14th, 2014|En Espanol|0 Comments

Hemos escrito en el blog de la ” caída de Kabuki “-ese truco aparentemente mágico en el que un telón de fondo está colgando orgulloso y entonces, en un abrir y cerrar de ojos, ha desaparecido de la vista. Es uno de los trucos de escenario que parece tan increíble, pero en realidad es fácil de lograr, y se puede utilizar con casi cualquier telón de fondo el escenario, ya sea en un contexto escénico impresión digital o un simple telón de fondo de muselina blanca Poly.

Todo lo que se necesita para hacer un telón de fondo “listo para kabuki” es tener un top con lazo (“suave” o “femenino”) velcro en ambos lados, además de desmontable Anillos D con gancho (“duro” o “macho “velcro).

La parte más difícil para la banda o evento por equipos de producción más pequeñas ha sido el mecanismo de liberación de parte del truco. Con el fin de lograr una caída de Kabuki verdadera (en oposición a un manual de desgarro), se requiere un hardware especial (llamado un sistema de solenoide). Gran puesta en escena de música y empresas de turismo han utilizado estos sistemas desde hace años, pero las bandas más pequeñas y empresas de producción de eventos, que no están tan familiarizados con los sistemas, pueden encontrarlos intimidante.

Les aseguro, que son cualquier cosa menos intimidante, especialmente cuando se envasa como un “todo-en-uno” fácil de instalar Equipo caída de Kabuki. Hablo por experiencia personal como alguien que nunca se describe como mecánicamente inclinado!

He estado familiarizada con los sistemas de solenoide desde hace años, desde que me uní a Sew What? Hace unos diez años. Comprendí la idea básica detrás de ellos, pero, para ser honesta, ya que mi papel es principalmente consultorio, yo no sabía todos los detalles de los sistemas, y en realidad nunca se había instalado uno.

Todo eso cambió a principios de esta semana, cuando Rick Garcia, nuestro Gerente General de Operaciones, dio una breve lección a la “gente de negocios” en nuestros alquiler equipos caída de Kabuki. Algunas personas en la lección sabían solenoides hacia atrás y hacia delante e incluso los habían instalado muchos timas en el pasado, y lo que para ellos, esto era simplemente una actualización.

Pero para otros (como yo) que conocían el concepto en teoría, pero en realidad nunca se había instalado un sistema de electroválvulas antes, esta fue una experiencia reveladora.

La lección comenzó con una presentación de 20 minutos en el que Rick nos dio todas las hojas de referencia con los detalles de todos los componentes del Equipo caída de Kabuki, completo con esquemas de instalación, fotos, componentes y especificaciones.

La parte divertida comenzó después de la presentación. Rick había establecido dos estaciones en el almacén de cada uno con su propia sección de la armadura y el kit de caída de Kabuki 6-cabeza.

Individualmente, cada uno de nosotros fuimos a la bodega y se encargaron de colocar las cabezas kabuki a un armazón, lo que garantiza las cabezas estaban conectados entre sí y con la fuente de alimentación a través de los cables incluidos, adjuntando la fuente de alimentación con el control remoto, presionando el botón del mando a distancia para realizar un descenso real de kabuki y desmontar el sistema y volver a embalar en la caja del camino.

Cada persona hizo esto de forma independiente sin la ayuda de Rick, basado solamente en el conocimiento previo, y lo que habíamos aprendido en la presentación de 20 minutos.

Fue muy divertido, y realmente así de fácil! tuve la oportunidad de instalar un sistema de 6-cabeza completo (suficiente para un 20 pies de ancho telón de fondo) en diez minutos de principio a fin. así, créanme, si yo puedo hacerlo, usted puede hacerlo!

Por lo tanto, si usted está pensando “wow, me encantaría hacer una caída kabuki en mi próximo evento,” No lo dudes! nuestros equipos caída de kabuki están disponibles para el alquiler, y se pueden utilizar con su propio entorno existente, un nuevo telón de fondo personalizado de Sew What?, o uno de nuestros fondos de alquiler.

¿Quieres saber más? nuestros equipos caída de kabuki fueron presentados recientemente en la sala de prensa en PLSN (Projection, Lights and Staging News).