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10 09, 2019

Unique Multi-layer Backdrop Takes Center Stage in Tyler, the Creator Tour Set Design

By |September 10th, 2019|Clients, Digital Printing, Projects|0 Comments

When Alex Reardon of Silent House Productions contacted us regarding this year’s Tyler, the Creator tour, we could not have been more excited. We immediately knew that we would be involved in a stage design and touring production of epic proportions. With a full-on tour schedule of more than 30 shows in the USA, UK and Canada, it was clear we would need to develop a hamper friendly and tour ready drapery package.

We love being challenged to create something new and unique. Not the same old run of the mill white cyc – this projection surface was to have the texture of fine ribbons and the ability blow in the wind while offering a reflective and bright surface for lighting and projection. It needed to be tangle resistant and have a series of unique contoured bottom edge cuts.

Sew What?’s very own Shane Nelsen worked directly with Alex Reardon and the TtC design team and got immediately to prototyping different ways we could achieve this unique request. After reviewing many different materials, a decision to settle on a lightly toned knit cloth was made since it would check all the design need boxes and offer wrinkle resistance as well. The best approach was to digitally print the elements onto our Heavy Knit cloth. We were able to add the light grey toning to the cloth, print the 1” wide ribbon cut lines and draft in the unique contoured curved bottom.

Made in separate sections to allow for the sections to be layered and adjusted as needed onsite, there were 48 pieces in total that made up the four backdrops. Once all the printed elements were applied to their respective webbing headers and layered appropriately, it was time for the process of cutting all the ribbons. We don’t call ourselves the Sew What? “family” for nothing. It truly was a family event, and everyone (office staff as well) put in time on the cutting table to slice up cloth into miles and miles of ribbon. (Some might hang around the coffee maker for the most recent news, but for us we were hanging around the @feliciathegoat backdrop to cut and catch up!)

The outcome is absolutely stunning – and we hope that you will have time to see the show when it is in your town. We are thrilled to have been selected to provide a custom touring softgood package for Tyler, the Creator. Thank you to Alex Reardon and team for your support and confidence in our ability and product.

Tyler The Creator @feliciathegoat x Chicago #IGOR 

  • Creative Director / Lighting & Set Designer @alexreardon65 of @silenthouseproductions
  • Lighting Programmer @climbingwombat
  • Disguise Programmer @retinakiller
  • Notch FX @rowanglenn
  • Tour Manager @henrybordeaux
  • Production by @eighteentwentysix
  • Video Content: @immanent_vj

See a video of the backdrop in action as a projection surface: https://youtu.be/N6do_QHcjWk

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.

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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

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!

25 06, 2019

Church’s Easter Production Exhilarates Parishioners With Extraordinary Kabuki Drop

By |June 25th, 2019|Clients, Products, Projects|1 Comment

A solenoid kabuki gag is an impressive special effect that you can add to any type of production or concert. Recently we were delighted to receive a video of one of these amazing occurrences from our client, Eastern Hills Community Church (of Aurora, Colorado). Their brilliant Technical Director and Production Manager Jason West had reached out to us looking for a memorable way for their team to build some excitement during this year’s Easter program. He wanted to create a special reveal using our trustworthy, lightweight, and easy-to-install Kabuki Solenoid Kits for their special Easter production that their in-person and online viewers would talk about for weeks to come. The sheer magnitude of the drop (30’h x 88’w) was pretty dramatic too, and so they needed a system that would be dependable and effective right from the start—there was no room for any errors with this reveal!

They started by using some of our rental clean and smooth White Poly Muslin backdrops to rear project their theatrical lighting and videos onto. Then they used our 25 head Kabu-Key Solenoid System to drop the drapes neatly and evenly to the floor at the perfect moment, revealing the band that had been eagerly waiting to come out and dazzle their parishioners. Utilizing some sensational lighting by the remarkable Lighting Designer David Neteland, they were able to amaze and engage their parishioners with some stunning lighting effects on the drapes themselves, followed by a sensational kabuki drop during their program that truly exhilarated the crowd.

You can see from these spectacular photos provided by Jason Crawford that the drapery fell cleanly and neatly to the stage—producing a breathtaking reveal for everyone watching. Our easy-to-assemble and even easier-to-use kabuki solenoid systems allow you to “reveal, drop and roll” just about any drapery element or backdrop. Have some fun with your audience by using a kabuki drop at your next concert, church production, or trade show special event! We have these systems available for rent, and they can be employed with your own existing backdrop, a new custom backdrop from Sew What?, or one of our beautiful rental backdrops. The sky’s the limit with how you can use one of these fabulous systems!

Jason West and his incredible production team at Eastern Hills did an exceptional job with this special church event, and we couldn’t have been happier to have been a part of it! Check out the video clip to see it live and in action, and don’t hesitate to contact us so that we can help you create an unforgettable reveal at your next special event, too.

30 04, 2019

Aluminum Metal Mesh Drapes Help Build Dynamic Rock Tour Stage Design

By |April 30th, 2019|Clients, Products, Projects|1 Comment

Our clients have quickly come to realize that Aluminum Metal Mesh drapes are a fantastic option for ALL kinds of stage designs, and that they add “electricity” to numerous types of occasions—and not JUST at rock concerts and tours anymore (but they are absolutely perfect suited for those, too).  Events ranging widely–from Barbershop Harmony and Christmas orchestral concerts, to school productions, corporate events, and video shoots–these striking theatrical curtains have something that will completely dazzle everyone who lays eyes on them.

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We were thrilled to work with gifted Tour Manager Eric Frankhouser and his amazing team of stage designers and producers for the Eels Tour last summer. He was looking for a material that would give a little edginess to the overall stage design, while still adhering to this ultra-cool American rock band’s overall eclectic vibe. They needed it to be easy to tour with, easy to hang, and—most importantly–easy to spectacularly light up. It was a no-brainer—they decided to use some Metal Mesh rental panels from our Industrial Textures Specialty Drapery Collection.

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This wonderfully textured substrate makes it easier to create distinctive looks throughout the same event, all while using the exact same drapery. Various colored theatrical lighting and gobo effects added incredible diversity, drama, and excitement to each individual look of the show. And the crunchy, wrinkled texture of these drapes make them ideal for touring, too—as you can literally just hang them up right out of the hamper, and they’re good to go!  

Eels, o2 Academy, Glasgow, 4th July 2018

The tour was ecstatic with the way that these drapes worked seamlessly with their shows’ indie-pop-alternative-pop-rock atmosphere. Their lighting team did a flawless job with interweaving various lighting schemes for every song, giving them each their own unique look and feel. You can view more gorgeous photos taken by some supremely talented photographers while out on tour, and see how the band’s brilliant design team was able to create a truly memorable background for this extraordinary group of musicians.  If you are able to check out this band in person, you really should–they are currently out on another international tour and it is definitely not one to miss. Feel free to contact one of our helpful sales reps to see if our selection of Metal Mesh rental drapes fit your upcoming event’s staging needs. If not, then we can also custom build you a Metal Mesh drape to work effortlessly with your next production’s exclusive size and style.

Eels - O2 Academy Brixton, London - 2nd July 2018