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7 01, 2020

Custom Digitally-Printed Backdrop “Soars” At Recent Airplane-Themed Event

By |January 7th, 2020|Digital Printing, Projects|1 Comment

We are thrilled to have been able to work with the brilliant photographer David Hershorn and his wonderfully artistic team at PhotoBohemia on several drapery projects this past year. His company offers his clients a one-of-a-kind, personalized “photo-booth” experience at parties, galas, benefits, and a wide variety of other special events all over California. In offering his clients these amazing exclusive packages, he is always looking to add creative-looking and highly photographable backdrops to his company’s available portfolio.

Working with David, we were able to build him a custom digitally-printed backdrop to use at an upcoming aviation-themed corporate event. He provided us with the adorable and fun-filled graphic image, and our incredible 10ft. wide Vutek direct digital printer was able to print him a seamless drape of this truly distinctive and entertaining image.

With his talented team of photographers (the ultra-hip “pilots” pictured below), they were able to offer their guests a really cool, authentic row of airplane seats to pose on and in front of, as well as costumed airline-motif characters to take photos with, too (pilots, stewards, and stewardesses).

As you can see, the event’s guests had an absolute blast doing all kinds of hilarious and silly poses. The rich color saturation of our digital printer ink onto the FR Heavy Knit substrate is a surefire way to really wow your audience with a vibrant, travel-friendly backdrop that is perfect for special events, trade shows, concert tours, and productions of all kinds and sizes. With the help of our master sewing team, we can manufacture you a gorgeous, unique, digitally-printed backdrop up to practically any size or configuration that you desire. Pardon the pun, but this event would probably say “The Sky’s The Limit!”

With multiple printable substrates to choose from, we can help build you the most ideal drape for any type of scenario (translucent, opaque, wrinkle-resistant, permanent, matte, glossy, etc.). Contact one of our helpful account managers today, and learn some more information on how versatile and affordable a custom curtain can be for YOUR next big event, too!

23 12, 2019

Truly Scrumptious Thanksgiving Feast Enjoyed By All

By |December 23rd, 2019|Company, Rent What Team, Sew What Team|1 Comment

Nothing says you’ve officially reached the holiday season than when you begin to feast like kings and queens with loved ones and friends alike. And undoubtedly, the entire team here at Sew What? / Rent What? love to be as seasonally festive as we can possibly be. And one of the most popular celebrations we look forward to having every year is our annual Thanksgiving holiday shindig!

Last month, we were thrilled to be able to genuinely give thanks to have one another, and celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with The Whatter Family in the favorite way we know how…..By having a party with tons of amazing food to choose from, high-energy music and dancing, and of course lots of selfies and laughter! Setting the scene was a super-long, covered table that spanned the complete length of our warehouse, with one of our gorgeous Classic Stardrop LED drapes adding a little sparkle and shine to the background.

Next we had the fantastic musicianship of renowned Southern California musical group Mariachi Alma Latina, who performed their beautiful and lively mariachi music for us to appreciate while eating a delicious catered meal from Rascal’s Teriyaki. A seemingly “atypical” choice for Thanksgiving, this restaurant’s heaping piles of delectable Chinese Chicken Salad, followed up with mouthwatering Chicken Teriyaki and Rice platters, appealed to everyone’s extremely happy taste buds. (And offered us a different flavor than the one we’d be eating at home for the next week straight) .

Once we finished our meals, the best was still yet to come……Dessert! This is where our “potluck genius” really shines, with each person bringing completely different type of sweet and scrumptious treats for all of their colleagues to enjoy.  From traditional holiday fare like apple and pumpkin pies, to more culturally adored flan and jello and fruit, to everyday mouthwatering goodies like brownies, cookies, cupcakes and lemon bars, there was enough “sugar and spice and everything nice” for the entire company to devour–for days.

After everybody had their fill (and then some), we all got to dance and sing along with the mariachi band to try and burn off some of the calories. It’s always a blast when music and dancing are on the agenda here! Reinvigorated, we were able to tackle our projects with renewed energy and passion, which always translates into an exceptional product. We hope that you had a fabulous Thanksgiving holiday this year with loved ones, too…as we could not be any more grateful to work in this diverse, innovative, and sometimes totally wild industry with–and for–our truly amazing clients!

9 12, 2019

Black Chrome Illusion Austrian Completely Illuminates Stage Design For Gala Event

By |December 9th, 2019|Products, Projects|1 Comment

Earlier this year we were delighted to be able to work with the brilliant and innovative Set Designer and Propmaster at Dallas Theater Center, John Slauson. He had a particular vision for what he sought to construct for their upcoming Centerstage Gala 2019 event, which they wanted to be absolutely extraordinary this year. With incredible Broadway performers Wade McCollum and Cedric Neal on hand, the entertaining evening would involve a lively cocktail hour in the stunning Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre followed by a delicious three-course dinner, a Tony-worthy performance, and a jubilant late-night dance party with one of the best bands in town.

Therefore they needed a curtain that would not only be strikingly gorgeous all by itself but would also be versatile enough to work beautifully as the backdrop for each and every part of the night’s festivities. John decided to rent our magnificent 30’h x 60’w Black Chrome Illusion Austrian drape from our Timeless and Traditional Drapery Collection as the main upstage curtain for this special event’s motif. Manufactured using an exquisite, satiny IFR fabric, and consisting of millions of tiny pewter and black squares, this curtain can look like “liquid chrome” in natural lighting and also perfectly reflect whatever colorful lighting you might want to implement—depending on what your own specific stage design calls for.

Using a couple of eye-catching stretch projection pieces to help embellish this unique staging, the overall event design John and his team created turned out completely spectacular, and they were extremely thrilled with how everything turned out. By artistically changing the colorful theatrical lighting being splashed onto the Austrian drape, they were able to better showcase an original and fresh look for all of the various segments of this special gala occasion. You can see by these fabulous photos taken by talented event photographer Dana Driensky that they did a stupendous job with the entire appearance of this entirely distinctive stage design.

We would love to help you fashion a genuinely superb stage design for your next upcoming production, concert, tour, or other special event by using some gorgeous rental drapes from one of our Specialty Drapery Collections. Reach out to us today and we’ll be glad to offer you helpful and beneficial advice on using our rental curtains, present you with loads of photos and video “inspirations” to help you get your creative juices flowing, and of course ultimately provide you with the most ideal, remarkable, and dazzling rental drapery you could ever envision for your exclusive event, too. 

3 12, 2019

Chameleon LED Drape Brilliantly Complements Spectacular One-Of-A-Kind Wedding Event

By |December 3rd, 2019|Clients, Products, Projects|1 Comment

Sometimes adding a simple, but dramatic, element to your event design can make all the difference in the world towards “bringing it fully together.” A beautiful rental drape or backdrop can absolutely be that extra touch—and is an easy and affordable way to solidify your event’s overall motif. We here at Rent What? Inc., and myself especially, were thrilled to work with one of our regular tour and production managers Laura Jean “LJ” Hyde Clark with a drapery element for her upcoming nuptials to Patrick Clark in New Orleans, Louisiana. They wanted something that would go nicely with the completely unique theme of the wedding, in a very special venue—The House of Blues in New Orleans.

LJ had come up with the concept of their entire wedding extravaganza, down to the very last detail. They were going for a truly original “Great Gatsby/Freakshow” sort of vibe. With influences from Beetlejuice and Greatest Showman, and in primarily black and gold design elements, they wanted to create a spectacularly dark, spooky, and macabre atmosphere. Working with the venue’s remarkable in-house Lighting Director Austin Dominique, they decided to rent one of our versatile and dynamic RGB Chameleon LED drapes to help pull together their desired “distinctive” look. 

This style of LED drape is wonderful for concert tours, theater productions, and other special events that you want to add a very unique touch to. Offering the option to use either the supplied on-drape controller and instruction manual to program the drape directly yourself, or to plug it into the in-house light board via the DMX cable provided means that it fits the needs of both small and large events and tours. This curtain allows you to change the color palette and speed of the blinking lights, and specify all sorts of fun and vibrant color patterns, too. You can literally have as many color schemes as you’d like, and chose from hundreds of gradations on its almost infinite color palette. Moreover, this can all be done ahead of time so that the drape would be all ready to go for your event or show.

As the logistics and event manager at the HOB, Kelly Riley executed all of LJ’s ideas visually on the day of the wedding superbly. And you can see by these FABULOUS photos taken by wedding photographer Willow Haley, LJ and Patrick’s one-of-a-kind dream design was a complete success! Having the memorable ceremony on the main HOB stage, followed by incredible performances by cirque and vaudeville-themed dancers and acrobats, and of course lots of enjoyable guest dancing at the reception, the Chameleon LED backdrop was the perfect complement to all of the various segments of this exceptional event. We were so pleased to be able to help provide a gorgeous rental drape for their big day, and wish them every bit of happiness that life can give this happy couple!

25 11, 2019

Masking Drapes Aid With Fantastic USS Iowa Special Event

By |November 25th, 2019|Products, Projects|1 Comment

Here at Sew What? we recognize how important it is to take a few minutes to appreciate the efforts and sacrifices that our men and women in the US Armed Forces do for all of us on a daily basis. Understanding everything that they have given up, and that they vigilantly work every single day to help protect for us, is a humble endeavor that should not be taken lightly. Honoring those that serve in our country’s military on Veteran’s Day is the least we can do as grateful members of the community.

This past Veteran’s Day, the USS Battleship Iowa Museum–right here in San Pedro, California–wanted to offer an exceptional event for the community to enjoy with one another, and to help honor fellow Veterans. Throughout the day, guests enjoyed catered food, and free family-friendly activities on the fantail of the ship, including mural painting and Vicky the Dog Story Time with author Carole Hershman (Vicky, a seafaring pup, was actually the ship’s beloved mascot once upon a time!).

And, as an exclusive treat for their guests that day, on the actual fantail of the ship, they decided to host the Emmy Award winning documentary, The Last Signal, and the award winning World War I documentary, They Shall Not Grow Old, with a live Q&A by Emmy Award winning director Kyle Olson. Happily, this event got such a huge response from the public that they had to change where they held the event to an even larger area. As you can imagine, on a sunny Southern California day, it would be way too bright outside to successfully show a film outdoors with any sort of clarity, even under the massive tent structures they brought in for the event. Due to this last minute change, they had to get dark-colored, light-blocking tie-on curtains to quickly mask off the entire area behind and next to the screen, in order for the audience to be able to better immerse themselves in these completely engaging films. 

We were very pleased to be able to rent them some beautiful–and efficient—flat, black, tie-on IFR Encore Velour masking drapes for this set-up. The client was thrilled with how nice they looked, how simple they were to install, and how wonderfully they helped to block the bright sunshine bouncing off the ocean nearby so that their guests could truly enjoy the significant movies being shown that afternoon. With sizes in our rental inventory ranging from 1’h to 60’h, and a huge assortment of widths, our flat masking curtains and borders can help put the finishing touches on any type of unique event, production, concert, or trade show configuration that you can think of! Feel free to contact us today so that we can assist you with adding the perfect style of drapery to your own upcoming special occasion, too.