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11 08, 2021

Unique Sewn Pieces Help To “Illuminate” At Special Gala Event

By |August 11th, 2021|Clients, Projects|0 Comments

We have a lot of fun with our clients by offering some “out of the box” answers to their unique, creative, and completely original soft-goods design ideas. The incredibly innovative production manager Kevin Swank from CYM Lighting came to us with a truly imaginative “prop” idea on a special design they worked on last year pre-pandemic. They were going to be doing the production and lighting design for an exceptionally significant and high-profile upcoming event. The Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards sponsored by Desert AIDS Project (DAP) is a yearly Coachella Valley fundraising gala that helps offer much needed primary medical care, affordable housing and medical testing, and social, dental, and behavioral services for those inflicted with the disease and for the loved ones directly affected by it. 

Hosted by the talented Broadway, Film, and Television actress Kristen Chenoweth, Kevin and his team knew that this was going to be an extraordinary night, and so he wanted to build a vibrant and distinctive production design that their audience wouldn’t soon forget. Taking place in the fabulous Palm Springs Convention Center, they had a huge grand ballroom that they were able to transform into a colorful and exciting red-carpet event for this important awards show. With guests such as Barry Manilow and Garry Kief, and with an audience filled with over 2000 enthusiastic and delighted guests, Kevin and his team wanted to fashion a design that would be colorful and dazzling, and still be versatile enough to help give a one-of-a-kind look for each segment of the festivities.

Kevin envisioned having some really fun prop pieces to add to the general ambiance of the gala’s motif, and worked with our manufacturing team to help him be able to build larger than life “theatrical light fixtures”. Cym Lighting built their own ring-frames for the structures, and we then provided them with custom soft goods to tie onto them to help give the illusion of having these large light fixtures, like ones you’d see on a movie set. These were constructed with a specially ordered Silver-Chrome Vinyl for the reflective inside element, and opaque black FR Commando Cloth for the outside. Their team then used paint to help “dirty up” the outside so that it would look like most movie light fixtures do when they get roughed up over the years.

Lighting Designer added John Lotz did a remarkable job adding various beautiful and striking colored lighting throughout the event, to not only along the walls but also within the light fixtures themselves. This genuinely helped tie in the overall feel for each speech and award, and gave them a gorgeous background to have for each speaker. Brilliantly produced by Debbie Chapman (Director of Fundraising Events, for DAP), the end result of this gala event was an extraordinary success! We were beyond thrilled with how fantastic those custom prop pieces turned out, and are excited to work on the next exclusive design project with Kevin again. Contact one of our helpful account reps today, and we will be very happy to assist you on your next unique stage or production design elements, too.

27 04, 2020

Cover Up for a Cause

By |April 27th, 2020|Clients, Masks|0 Comments

As you are aware, our nation, our world, is facing a health crisis, and many communities now require mandatory face masks while in public.  Sew What? Inc., in our effort to help out, has switched from making curtains and backdrops for the entertainment industry to currently making personal cloth face masks.   From plain masks to designer masks to masks benefiting a variety of causes, this is truly a labor of love by the owner Megan Duckett.

Colleen and Kevin Swank from Cym Lighting Services recently shared a picture of Colleen wearing one of our masks.  Even though this year’s ride has been cancelled,  on her bike from The Unlikely Cyclist (a woman owned company that as supported Colleen over the years),  Colleen is still training to continue to bring attention to AIDS LifeCycle and to the LGBTQ Center of San Fernando Valley. 

We recently added a mask from which $1.00 of the cost will go to “True Colors United” to benefit their work with LGBTQ Youth Homelessness, as well as another mask from which $1.00 from the purchase will go to “MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund” to help the many musicians who have had their livelihoods canceled due to the virus.   These, along with masks to help “Save Our Rhino” and “Help Feed the Frontlines Fighting COVID-19,” are all part of the mask line we are making to help those in need while also helping slow the spread of the virus.

Most orders can be easily placed on the mask website – c19response.sewwhatinc.com

We at Sew What? Inc. hope you and your family are safe, healthy and happy while we work through these trying times together.

11 02, 2020

Stunning Digitally Printed Backdrop Showcased Beautifully At Holiday Concert

By |February 11th, 2020|Clients, Products, Projects|1 Comment

Every now and then our clients send us photos of the custom drapes that we built for them being used at their special event, production, concert, or trade show…..and they just completely take our breath away. Recently we received these awe-inspiring images from one of our enormously artistic clients: Luther College, and more specifically from Creative Director Michael Bartels and Associate Director of Music, Susan Potvin. As you can imagine, we were overjoyed to see how magnificent it looked at their event!

Christmas at Luther 2019, Whom Angels Greet with Anthems Sweet presented by Aurora, Cathedral, Collegiate, Nordic, Norskkor Choirs and Symphony Orchestra held in the CFL Main Hall on December 4th, 2019. Photos by Wyatt Hill

Designing their yearly “Christmas At Luther” Concert, they were looking for something absolutely memorable for their enraptured audiences to enjoy throughout the entire show.  Combining the choirs of Luther College, the Luther Orchestra, the Handbell Choirs, and the incredibly rousing performers playing on their mighty Luther College pipe organ, they were producing a show design that needed to be heartrending, exciting, moving, and most of all, versatile enough for each individual performance to stand out on their own.

Christmas at Luther 2019 Photos by Nick Greseth

Working with their SW account representative every step of the way, they decided to provide us with an utterly gorgeous original graphic image and have us custom build them a large-scale digitally printed drape to act as the perfect backdrop for this very special yearly showcase. Wide format digital printing gives us the opportunity to present “picture perfect” images like these to our clients’ audiences. Seamless images of up to 10′ wide can be produced, and a variety of fabrics – both for indoor and outdoor use – are available to choose from. At roughly 26’h x 48’w, this particular curtain was going to be a considerable element of this event’s staging, so they wanted it to work effectively with all of the various components to their overall design vision.

Christmas at Luther 2019 Photos by Nick Greseth

By choosing to have us print their backdrop on FR Crystal Poplin, they were able to construct some dazzling, dramatic looks with gorgeous, colorful front projection lighting. This lightweight substrate’s super tight weave allows for a sharp, crisp image, and an almost “glossy” appearance. This fabric also works beautifully with digital ink for the ultimate in durability and color saturation, helping make their unique image truly stand out.