Popular American rock band Garbage is well known for their alternative rock music. Breaking into the mainstream music arena out of the grunge styles of the early 90’s, they continue to tour, offering audiences an alternative and industrial rock show filled with passionate performances and visually dynamic staging.

Sew What? Inc has supplied backdrops for the band for several tours now.  The two most recent tours both offering opportunity to create unique one-of-a-kind specialty drapery for the band.

For this dynamic shimmer pink tiger backdrop, we had the challenge of combining multiply layers of cloth, along with graphic elements via our wide format printer.

We started with a digitally printed Heavy Knit backdrop, with the tiger graphics printed in heavy saturated black ink.  The band name Garbage was printed as an outline, so that we would be able to use the guidelines for later cutting away the surface area applique cloth.

The artist wanted to offer the audience the fascination of the femme, glimmer shimmery hot pink of the background, with the stark contrast of the black and white tigers in their pouncing poses.  Shimmer mylar dot fabric in fuchsia was selected for the project as it gives a solid bold hot pink that is super reflective. It has a disco ball effect under direct lighting conditions.

Here is a video showing the drape in use at a concert:

For another contrasting look for their summer outdoor festival shows, we enjoyed crafting a pleated “shimmer scrim” in black and blue/green tones for the band.  This is such a unique textile! It behaves like a real sharkstooth scrim with both front and back lighting effects – as well as bringing a shimmery glimmer of iridescence due to the mylar threads that are woven into the cloth.

In this shop photo, you see just how unique the cloth is – it almost gives an “underwater” effect.  Quite dramatic!

Want to know more about what we do and who we are? Sew What? Inc. has a fascinating Company History, and is proud of the wide variety of theatrical venues and many designs that we’ve manufactured over the years. To view some of our notable theater curtain designs, check out our drapery portfolio.