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28 02, 2017

Sew What? Inc. Provides Custom Stage Drapery for Green Day 2016-17 Revolution Radio Tour

By |February 28th, 2017|Clients, Digital Printing, News, Products, Projects|1 Comment

Sew What? Inc, a California stage drapery manufacturer, is working again with the punk rock band, Green Day in producing custom stage drapes for their 2016-17 Revolution Radio Tour. Formed in 1986, the American band has won 5 Grammy Awards, and sold over 85 million records worldwide. It was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015.

Sew What? president, Megan Duckett reports, “Needless to say, we are very excited to have been invited to work with a fantastic band like Green Day again. It’s also a treat to work on a project that will have mid-show drapery changes, which lends an ongoing visual impact to their audiences.”

The current tour features several different drapery elements supplied by Sew What?, including a kabuki drape, a dual set of banners that together comprise a backdrop, and a massive black masking drape. Each of the textiles supplies a different look and stimulating visual effects for the show.

The kabuki drape backdrop features a giant digitally printed “BOOM BOX design,” and was crafted for the main stage.  The 60 feet wide piece was digitally printed onto FR Crystal Poplin, given the fabric’s light weight, durability and color saturation.  The material, chosen among many stage curtain fabrics available, packs into a small storage vessel – an important factor for a touring show.

Photo Credit Instagram @greenday

The kabuki drape’s deployment during the show is accomplished using a set of solenoids supplied by Sew What?’s sister company, Rent What? Inc. The solenoid heads allow the drape to be released from the air with the press of a button.

Two custom backdrop sets comprise another stage element, with a selection of red and blue banners (7 banners per backdrop set). They are hung and dropped by solenoids to run down aircraft cables and land on the floor securely behind the band.

Lastly, a massive black Rip Stop masking drapery package has been produced for the Green Day tour as well.  The lightweight, water resistant, durable textile is popular as a rock n roll “go to” fabric for masking drapes in the big arena shows.

To view photos of Green Day’s stage drapes, as well as examples of other band’s drapery designs, visit the Sew What? / Rent What? flickr galleries .

27 02, 2017

Storms? Power Outages? Our Dedicated Staff Makes Sure the Show Goes On

By |February 27th, 2017|Company, News, Rent What Team, Sew What Team|1 Comment

It is very rare for us to talk about how the current weather conditions in our area might be affecting our company, our warehouse, our distribution, or even our employees on a more personal level. This is because we live in what is usually a rather temperate, sunny, Southern California environment—which we absolutely LOVE! Lately, however, you may have heard of some pretty powerful storms that have swept through our region and most of the southwest part of the country, causing some minor (and not so minor) headaches for our entire company (the sewing team, drivers, and logistics departments especially!). However, what might have caused some companies to shut down altogether for a few days only seemed to strengthen our incredible employees’ high level of dedication to each and every one of our clients. No matter what it took to get the job done, my colleagues’ strong work ethic shone through like we’d never seen before, and we could not have been any prouder!


First case in point was on one of the WORST storm days this city has seen in over a decade, in which we had scheduled to not only go out on an all-afternoon installation in Long Beach, but we were also scheduled to meet with our amazing clients Long Beach Symphony and their Director of Operations Peggy Magee to go over some possible changes to their drapery needs for some upcoming shows. Not only was our team of techs ready and willing to drive in this storm, but they did the delivery and installation with the wonderful folks at the arena with smiles on their faces and energy in their steps, and still managed to safely and beautifully get everything installed for their show on time.

Second case in point was when we came back to the office on Monday morning, only to find out that, like many Angelenos over the weekend, the power to our entire facility had been taken out in the storm over the weekend. Mud, debris, and historical flooding in our area all seemed to do a number on the wiring into our building, and the city told us it would take a minimum of 8-10 more hours to get things up and running again. But with a warehouse full of eager staff at the ready, and an entire docket of orders to finish by end of day, what could we possibly do…? Why, we checked in with the fine folks at one of our regular clients, Gallagher Staging, who were extremely generous to lend us the use of one of their dependable generators for the day. With the electricity it provided, we were not only able to stay on schedule for our current orders, but also make sure that everything already prepped for the day was then ready to be picked up or delivered on time. Whew!

They say that trials and tribulations are only brought about to make you stronger, and I truly believe that especially after seeing the incredible team effort every member of the Whatter family did during these recent storms to help make sure our clients got the quality goods that they come to expect from us. And that everything would all stay on schedule, too. We really care about our wonderful clients, and it always warms my heart to see our company’s earnest efforts on their behalf time and time again—no matter WHAT the conditions may be!

21 02, 2017

The Versatility of Metal Mesh for Backdrops and Stage Backgrounds

By |February 21st, 2017|Products|1 Comment

Looking for TEXTURE? Then look no further than our Metal Mesh Rental Drapery from the Rent What? Inc Industrial Textures Drapery Collection.  Curvaceous and cutting edge, this drapery series focuses on mixed media pieces and textiles that will please artists and lighting designers alike. Often with modern artists or modern themed stage shows we find that designers are looking for more texture, and for clean lines and architectural surfaces.  The beauty with texture is that it gives a rich palette for lighting. With some mix and match color tones and sharp multi angle lighting the effects can be quite mind blowing.

 

Metal Mesh also offers a hidden benefit – it is very light weight – which reduces load on the rig and helps with weight specs for tours that are trying to travel light.  We are offering these versatile and dramatic panels in both 23’h and 28’h trim heights.  So there is something to fit any stage size.  You can even backlight the drapes for a blowthru screen effect.

In this photo below the metal mesh was hung in layers in front of a poly muslin cyc, creating a shadowbox effect and offering front and rear lighting opportunities to The Decemberists designer Anne Militello.

For outdoor events with wind load concerns these mesh panels offer the benefit of pass thru wind flow, in turn reducing the resistance for stormy occasions.  Perfect for festival stages. (Remember to share any design and drapery with your engineer where wind / rain / snow load might be a factor.) Select the perfect pieces to compliment your stage and satisfy your budget. Backdrops, Banners, Legs and Borders.

If you want to learn more? – View inspirational images of our unique Industrial Textures Rental Drapery in our online gallery!

About Rent What? Inc. Rent What? Inc. is committed to providing an ultimate experience in drapery rental products and customer service. Did you know that we have set the stage for artists including Janet Jackson, Foo Fighters, Nickelback and John Legend. In addition to our large inventory of Inherently Flame Retardant stage drapes, traveler tracks and portable dressing rooms, the company is widely regarded for its basic pricing schedules, innovative damage waiver policy and fast and friendly service. For information on the Metal Mesh drapery collection or any other rental backdrop drapery concerns, contact Rent What? Inc. at (310) 639-6000.