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5 09, 2018

Digitally Printed Pieces Create a Distinctive Whimsical Look For Tour

By |September 5th, 2018|Products, Projects|1 Comment

It’s always really exhilarating for us here at Sew What? Inc. when our clients ask us to help them create their own completely original, never-been-done-before stage design by using our custom-sewn theatrical draperies. Having the right style and guise can make all the difference in a tour’s overall stage design. Working with creative tour managers, stage designers, and lighting directors continuously inspires us to aid them in any way possible for their special events.


This past spring, Sew What sales rep Marilyn Moss was extremely fortunate to be able to work with Richie Stembridge, who was wanting to create an innovative, fresh new look for an upcoming tour for the indie rock band The Decemberists. He also wanted to make sure that the theme still kept up with the quirky, whimsical style that this eclectic band was known and loved for by audiences all over the world.

just before the Decemberists took the stage

He ended up providing us with some incredibly unique images, and had us custom sew 11 individual drapes for them (of which 9 were custom digital prints). We used Heavy Knit for the digital printed pieces, which is a great touring fabric because the wrinkles fall right out. The matte finish on the substrate also gives the graphics a clean, crisp presence, without adding a lot of shine to its general appearance. Starting with an electrifying custom digitally printed backdrop, they surrounded the proscenium corner pieces in which they “Velcro’d” onto custom-sized and shaped frames that they manufactured. Then they added distinctive tower pieces which they could use to enliven the various-sized venue stages that they performed at, adding even more depth and dimension to the motif. Embellishing the design with their own custom hanging skull print, they were able to have an unquestionably energizing stage–thereby giving each performance a truly exclusive look and feel.

🌊🌊🌊The Decemberists 🐳💕✨

This was a really exciting project for us to work on, and we couldn’t have been more impressed with how amazing it turned out. You can view more wonderful photos of this inventive stage design taken by enormously talented photographers at several concert halls across the country on our Flickr page. If you haven’t already, you need to catch this engaging band perform live as they make their way around North American and Europe this fall. We loved working on this project, and would really love the opportunity to help YOU create a one-of-a-kind stage design for your upcoming tour or production, too!

4 09, 2018

A Timeless Digitally Printed Backdrop For An Iconic Band

By |September 4th, 2018|Products, Projects|0 Comments

There are some bands and artists that span the lengths of time more than what seems humanly possible. One of those iconic bands is the classic rock group Kansas, with a legendary career spanning more than four decades, and appearing on the Billboard charts for over 200 weeks throughout the 1970s and 1980s. They’ve been inducted into both the Kansas Hall of Fame and the Georgie Music Hall of Fame as recognition for their achievements from both their native state AND their adopted home state. Because of the world’s enduring love for their timeless music, they still continue to sell out arenas and stadiums throughout North America, Europe, and Asia.


This past spring, on the heel end of their “Leftoverture 40th Anniversary Tour”, we were thrilled to provide these hard-working artists with an absolutely “electrifying” digitally printed backdrop to help set the stage for their overall motif. Suggestive of pulsing waves of gripping music emanating from larger-than-life stage speakers, this 20’h x 40’w digital print on outdoor-friendly blow-through Vinyl Mesh Pro with the band’s logo on it was the perfect background for their characteristic look. The color saturation and output on the heavily coated vinyl mesh surface was extremely vibrant, which also enabled their audiences to be able to see it clearly from both closer to the stage at more intimate venues, and also further away from the stage at larger arenas. You can see some fantastic photos taken by photographer and fans alike in our new Flickr gallery. Innovative theatrical stage lighting also assisted in magnifying the “pulsing” effect of the print, as well as really captivate the audiences with their vibrant colors and intensities.


Able to be printed on many different types of substrates, we can build you a custom digitally printed backdrop or banner for events both indoors and outdoors, enabling your custom drape to safely and securely last as long as possible. Perfect for concert tours of all genres, digitally printed backdrops are also ideal for trade shows, dance performances, special events, and other productions where you want your artist’s name or personal branding to really POP for your crowds to genuinely enjoy. You can check out more examples of digital prints we’ve done for our clients in the past on our Portfolio page, and also get some fabulous inspiration for your own upcoming occasion there as well. Contact one of our sales reps today to get further information, options, and pricing, and see just how easy and dramatic a custom digital print can be for you, too!