Last year, we manufactured a Mixed Media Backdrop that was so complex and interesting that, when I stumbled on pictures of it recently, I just had to share it with our readers. We have made many Mixed Media Backdrops over the years, but this particular one for Passenger is particularly interesting due to the many different fabrics used and the various effects each fabric offered.

Designed by Oculus, with artwork created by Sarah Larnach, the image of the sun rising over lush rolling hills was translated to a backdrop with the intent to select specific fabrics with qualities that would take advantage of specialty stage lighting to create contrast and intensity not usually found in a scenic backdrop. First, the vibrant green hills were digitally printed onto Heavy Knit. With the background hills lined for opacity and the foreground hills left unlined, with proper stage lighting the foreground hills can take on a medium translucent glow against the depth of the background hills, or the entire hill area of the backdrop can appear nearly black.

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Bryan Dos Reis – Photography / Sarah Larmach – Artwork Element / Okulus – Design

Above the hills, Pewter Textura was used to create the sky and sun. By lining most of the Textura with Sharkstooth Scrim, but leaving the “sun” section unlined, when lit, the sun appears to shine brighter than the surrounding sky. Above the sky, Black Encore Velour fades into the background, creating a nearly invisible header so that the backdrop appears to float.

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Bryan Dos Reis – Photography / Sarah Larmach – Artwork Element / Okulus – Design

This was an interesting project for us, and we are so proud of the way our talented sewing staff were able to achieve our client’s vision with this beautiful backdrop. I hope this backdrop can also serve as inspiration to our readers as they consider the many ways that digital printing and theatrical fabrics can combine to make a truly unique backdrop.