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29 07, 2019

Beautiful Custom Pleated Drape Adds Versatility To Church’s Overall Decor

By |July 29th, 2019|Fabrics, Projects|1 Comment

Custom-built theatrical curtains do not have to solely be made just for international rock tours, renowned Broadway productions, larger than life residencies in Las Vegas, or enormous arena performances. We are thrilled to work with clients of ALL varieties, and truly enjoy being able to provide gorgeous, one-of-a-kind custom drapery for all of our customers, no matter what their needs might be or where they might be located. Everything from sound baffling and light blocking, to color/design themed, to purely aesthetically pleasing–we delight in taking our customer’s design vision and helping them turn into breathtaking reality.

This past Spring we had the distinct privilege of working with the delightful Jennifer Giacomazza, purchasing agent for The Mission Church Carlsbad here in Southern California. They wanted to camouflage the front wall of the church with some elegant, luxurious-looking curtains for their upcoming Good Friday and Easter services. However, this drape needed to not only help mask off that specific area and fit in with the existing color scheme and overall motif of the church, but it would also need to be adaptable enough so that their team could utilize the drapes in the future to create a brand-new look and feel for their various special events and services, too.

One of the most efficient and successful ways to choose the precise right fabric for your custom drapery project is to discuss your preferred color, nap, texture, appearance, and finish with one of our insightful sales reps here at SW. This way we can better assist you and your team with suggestions and options based on your job’s own individual requirements. After reviewing the eSwatches on our website with Jennifer to narrow down the choices, we were more than happy to send physical fabric samples directly to her. This way she and her team could choose the exact fabric that they felt would work best for their own unique needs—which ended up being lightweight, velvety, IFR 8oz. Super-Vel in “Oyster,” made with hidden sewn ties on top to conceal the hanging hardware. This exquisite fabric is fantastically versatile in that it reflects colorful lighting extraordinarily well, it is inherently flame retardant (so it can be washed and spot-cleaned as needed), and it has a very “soft hand” so it works superbly in pleated drapery.

As you can see from these photos provided by the church staff, their Easter Service lighting and staging was absolutely breathtaking (done masterfully by their lead pastor, Pastor David Menard), and they were extremely pleased with how this new drapery aided with the final touch with their overall design—as were we! Sew What sincerely looks forward to our next project with Jennifer and the fine folks at The Mission Church Carlsbad.

15 07, 2019

Creative Blend Of Rental Drapes Help To Build A Spectacular Stage

By |July 15th, 2019|Clients, Products, Projects|1 Comment

Sometimes the most remarkable staging can come to life beautifully when you are able to “let go” of a strict, rigid design scheme, and allow for a more “fluid” style of design instead. Multiple venues on a tour can mean many different sized stages, prosceniums, and audiences—so having drapes that can be flexible and versatile is absolutely crucial to being able to arrange your stage’s layout successfully from show to show. Furthermore, combining fabrics from multiple Specialty Rental Drapery Collections is an easy and fabulous way to build a completely unique and memorable look, time and time again.

Steppin' Out

A stunning example of these concepts is the incredible tour design fashioned for the unparalleled Joe Jackson Four Decades Tourwith unforgettable concerts for this legendary English musician and Grammy Winning singer-songwriter taking place around the globe (from January of this year straight through until the Fall). With brilliant people like world-renowned Lighting Director Chaz Martin and the truly remarkable Tour Manager Keith Anderson creating the overall stage appearance for this tour, we knew that the outcome of this design would be nothing less than extraordinary.

Joe Jackson Show at the Neptune

Starting with some striking Pewter Textura pre-pleated drapery legs from our Timeless and Traditional Collection, they were able to swag and swathe their stage with gorgeous strips of shimmery, metallic shades of silver. With Chaz’s skillfull handiwork, this lightweight, IFR, tour-friendly fabric showcases his outstanding theatrical colorful lighting like a dream, helping to further delight and excite their eager audiences from one song to the next. Next, Keith wanted to also enhance the stage’s look with some additional texture and a pop of vibrant color by adding a magnificent Red Supervel Swagged Border and a couple Red Supervel pleated drapery legs from our Rockin’ Red Drapery Collection. These distinguished curtains framed the stage in a truly exceptional way. This velvety IFR material was the perfect complement for the vibe of the tour, and since it has an almost “crushed” nap to it is not only exceedingly tour friendly but also is able to be lit up with colorful theatrical lighting elements just as splendidly as the Textura is.

Joe Jackson Show at the Neptune

Because each venue has a slightly different size and shape to it, their tour design team is being ultra-creative with the fashion to which they are swagging and festooning their stages….giving each audience an entirely one-of-a-kind experience. Check out our new Flickr gallery from some pretty talented band photographers to see just how dazzling and impressive these stage designs have turned out.  We have been sincerely privileged to work with Chaz and Keith on this monumental tour (and on previous Joe Jackson tours for several years now), and are always eager to see what outstanding stage design concept they come up with next. We’d love to assist you with coming up with a distinct look for your own upcoming special event motif, too—contact one of our sales reps today to find out which rental curtain, custom drape, or perhaps a combination of both will help your design vision become a reality!

Joe Jackson Show at the Neptune

9 07, 2019

Meet The Staff—UPDATES! – Rosalie

By |July 9th, 2019|Company, Rent What Team, Sew What Team|1 Comment

Next in our Meet The Staff—UPDATES! Blog series is someone who has been here for quite awhile, Rosalie Zigman. Even though she is physically here only part time, she still manages to get more accomplished than most people would in a full work week! We just love her to pieces, and appreciate all of her efforts on behalf of entire company every single day. Please take a moment and read a little bit about this exceptional member of the Whatter’s family, Rosalie!

What were you originally contracted to do, and how have your duties/job descriptions changed since working here?

I was originally contracted in March 2010 for a 6-week research project by Megan (Duckett, President and CEO of SW? Inc.). She wanted me to find and test new flame retardant fabrics for digital printing for the rapidly expanding company. I stayed on past this project though, and quickly moved into more “operational” duties by preparing customer flame certs and maintaining vendor (manufacturer) flame certs, so that everything stays completely up to date for our customers. The tours and productions (in particular) need to be sure that all of their shows’ drapery fabrics are up to code and have certification to be able to show to on-site fire marshals and venue staff whenever needed.

By mid-2017, I then segued into HR and Payroll duties, too—I love this role especially because I always get a lot of smiles when I hand out paychecks!

What are some favorite memories/circumstances/events from being part of the Sew What? family?

Not a single holiday or special event goes by without a celebration: usually involving food, and frequently gifts and festivities as well. “Whatters” love a good party, and Megan sincerely seems to enjoy seeing her staff happy. She is continually very generous with all of her employees, helping make everyone feel appreciated.

What project have you worked on recently that was interesting or challenging?

In any business there are tasks that fall by the wayside, or ideas that cannot be implemented because there is not always enough time or appropriate personnel… That is where I come in! Whenever there is a special project or assistance needed to accomplish a unique task, I am usually asked to help. From updating our rental drapery databases with current inventory, helping prepare quarterly sales tax reports, and everything in between—the variety keeps me on my toes! Whether it is getting fabric for our custom drapes tested and certified as flame retardant for European tours, or maintaining our US certifications for hundreds of rental curtains, borders, and other soft goods on a yearly basis, we take flame retardancy very seriously around here. And it shows…with the proper care and the meticulous procedures that we implement for each and every soft good that goes out our warehouse doors. I am very proud to be a part of this extremely important responsibility for our customers.

Anything more you would like to add about the development and evolution of RW/SW? Inc.?

Whatters are valued for what we bring to the table… and not just regarding food (although we DO love a good pot-luck!). When a position (a role or function) becomes available, Megan seems to utilize the attributes of her staff–their talents, skills, and interests–to provide opportunities and promote from within whenever possible. That is why there are still employees at SW? that have been working here for 10 years and longer!

It is the very idea that we are part of a family that seems to radiate into all aspects of the company’s business model, and thereby provides our customers with everything that is exceptional (“extreme” service, products, experiences, etc.), too. This makes SW?/RW? a successful and trusted source in this highly competitive industry, and also makes it a genuinely fun place to work!

1 07, 2019

Golden Drapes Help Enhance The Warm Ambiance Of Stage Design

By |July 1st, 2019|Clients, Products, Projects|1 Comment

It is always truly wonderful when we see our creative clients utilizing our rental drapery in a fashion that is just perfect for their own personal stage design. We love it when our curtains are able to give our clients’ event and production designs the right mood, the right look, the right texture, and the right overall ambiance. Recently we were thrilled to work with immensely skilled Production Manager Travis Bing, who was helping to craft some elements of the stage design for the 6 time Grammy, 4 time CMA, and 3 time ACM winning country star Kacey Musgraves’ highly anticipated international “Oh, What A World: Tour II”. Her shows were going to include both independent concerts around the US, Caribbean, Mexico and Canada, as well as performances at music festivals across the country all year long.

Kacey Musgraves - Palace Theatre St. Paul

Known for a progressive style, powerful ballads, and expertly crafted original song lyrics, Kacey really wanted a look for her tour that would be genuinely warm and inviting to her audiences (of all sizes). However, Travis and his team still wanted something versatile enough that they could light them up differently so that each segment of her show would appear completely unique and fresh. So they decided to use some of our gorgeous and velvety rental Gold Supervel Pleated Drapery legs. With these 23’h x 10’w panels (from our Timeless and Traditional Rental Collection), they would have the flexibility to create the same type of appearance for their stage, no matter how grand or intimate it might be. Lightweight yet durable, easy to hang, and effortless to tour with, these rental drapes were exactly what they were looking for.

Kacey Musgraves - Palace Theatre St. Paul MN 2/2/2019

As you can see from these images, the combination of brilliant lighting schemes, engaging décor, and of course with the talented artist and her band up front and center, this tour’s stage design turned out absolutely breathtaking…..Sincere, warmhearted, beautiful, and memorable, just like Kacey herself. You can check out a few more fabulous photos taken by a handful of exceptionally gifted band photographers on our new Flickr Gallery. We were so delighted to be a part of this show’s look, and would love to help you build a gorgeous stage for your upcoming tour, special event, and theatrical production, too!