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21 10, 2019

Unique Configuration Of Digitally Printed Drapes Showcased On Global Rock Tour

By |October 21st, 2019|Digital Printing, Projects|1 Comment

Having a concert tour means making sure that your stage goods are easy to transport, are simple to hang up, are flame certified ….and yet that they will still “pack a visual punch” for your audiences to truly enjoy from show to show. We were thrilled to get to work with renowned Lighting Director and Production Manager for the post-punk, American indie-rock band Interpol, Christian Lincoln, on just such a project earlier this year. He came to us looking for some digitally printed stage curtains that the tour’s team wanted us to custom build for the group’s eagerly anticipated upcoming international tour.

Christian wanted these custom digitally printed drapes to depict the unmistakable branding from the cover of their most recent album, Marauder, which needed a specific color, font, and style to the lettering. To give it a more interesting and attention-grabbing appeal, he also wanted to split the band’s name across three independent drapes—the main center drape and two adjacent legs. This way they could hang them at alternate intervals and at assorted distances from one another, to gain some added dimension to the tour’s stage design at their various-sized venues while on the road.

Printed on FR Heavy Knit, these drapes are working out wonderfully on their tour because they are fairly wrinkle resistant and so they travel really well. Furthermore, they have fabulously rich and photo-friendly (matte) surface which makes them fantastic for capturing incredible moments on stage, like these stunning images that various talented photographers have already taken on this tour (showcased in our new Flickr Gallery).

Turn on the bright lights

With dramatic stage décor and absolutely spectacular lighting elements, this tour’s overall design is exceptionally remarkable from beginning to end. Adding in the gorgeous harmonies, engaging rhythmic guitars and drums, and brilliant songwriting from all members of the band, this is a concert tour that won’t soon be forgotten. You can still check them out this summer and fall, and experience this talented and distinctive band live in person for yourself! And do not hesitate to contact one of our helpful sales reps to see how we can help you create the most striking custom soft goods for your own upcoming special event or concert production, too.

15 10, 2019

Dynamic Digitally Printed Backdrop Electrifies At Shows Both Indoors And Out

By |October 15th, 2019|Digital Printing, Projects|0 Comments

Earlier this summer, we were very excited to work renowned Production Manager Dustin Reynolds again, who was looking for a new digitally-printed backdrop for an upcoming tour of the incredible American country band Sugarland. He wanted something that would be dynamic and vibrant, yet durable and tour-friendly. It was critical that the drapery be certified flame retardant, yet also still be able to “withstand the elements” at all of the festivals and arenas that the band was planning to perform at over the summer.

He decided to have Sew What? custom-build them a dramatic and versatile 30’h x 50’w curtain out of lightweight, durable, and flexible polyester-coated FR Vinyl Mesh (blow-through). With this fantastic printable substrate, the tour could be confident that the backdrop would be able to withstand possible wind and other weather elements during their outdoor shows, and look clear, crisp, and fabulous at indoor venues, too. With webbing,grommets, and ties along the top, and reinforced grommets along the sides and bottom hems, they would be able to secure this drape to any type of unique structure, truss, or frame that their tour’s venues might have. With an incredibly dazzling graphic design made of stripes of black and white, they were able to distinctly light it up with all kinds of colorful theatrical lighting schemes–giving the drape a completely different and memorable look for each song set.

Dustin’s design team and the band was absolutely thrilled with the end result, as were Sugarland’s adoring audiences all over the country. Check out some gorgeous photos on our new Flickr Gallery taken by the super talented band photographer Shannon Guest (@ShannonGuestPhotography), and you can see the many striking looks that the tour’s lighting team were able to achieve for the band’s exceptional stage design. Custom-building a digitally printed drape, banner, border, leg, and backdrop is an easy and surefire way to really excite and amaze the guests at your event. Contact one of our helpful theatrical drapery specialists today and let us help you figure out the most amazing, one-of-a-kind custom curtains for your upcoming tour, production, or special event too!

30 09, 2019

Digital Drapery for the Marc Anthony Opus Tour 2019

By |September 30th, 2019|Digital Printing, Products, Projects|1 Comment

Check out our digitally printed drapery used for the Marc Anthony Opus Tour 2019 in Las Vegas.

No matter where you look, you will likely see digitally printed fabric, digital printed backdrops and wide-format digital billboards. That’s because any graphics created for printing on paper can be printed on fabric. With a variety of substrates to choose from, digital printing enables you to magnify photo quality images into stunning custom theatrical and scenic digital backdrops, concert drapes, and exhibit booth panels.

This massive printed drapery for the Marc Anthony OPUS Tour is a gorgeous example of how a printed billboard sized cloth can transform a stage. This is a spectacular walk-in scene for the top of the show!  Our fabric of choice for this type of project is our Crystal Poplin because of its durability and semi-gloss print surface. In a large-scale piece such as this, you really want the image to pop when lit. As Crystal Poplin is a translucent fabric, it also offers lighting designers the opportunity to flood with light from behind for a back lit or silhouette effect which gives another dynamic to the stage look.

At 42’h x 78′ wide this custom sewn brail lift drape is crafted with virtually invisible lift line details to fit and lift on a ShowRig Automation Lift System.  On cue, the drape is raised to reveal the stage. If needed the drape can be lowered mid show to mask the upstage area for a set change. Fascinated? To learn more about automation systems and how you might include one in your next show design visit SGPS ShowRig online at www.sgps.net

With so many different lighting effects, this spectacular drape with mural sized portrait of Marc Anthony takes on a life of its own. Just remember, the show starts BEFORE the curtain goes up!

Thanks to Roly, Andres and Silvia with the Marc Anthony production team for choosing Sew What? Inc to supply softgoods for this world tour.

Need something custom? Our custom sewing department can provide personalized drapery quotations for any specialty concert stage design. Take a look in our portfolio {https://sewwhatinc.com/portfolios/rock-n-roll-portfolio/} at some of the custom drapery styles available. For details and pricing contact us at 310-639-6000

#sewwhatinc #sewwhatrentwhat #marcanthony #backdrop #concertdesign #lightingdesign

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|1 Comment

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

27 08, 2019

Digitally Printed Backdrop Mesmerizes Audiences Across The Country

By |August 27th, 2019|Digital Printing, Projects|1 Comment

Here at Sew What? Inc., we honestly enjoy being involved in all kinds of concert tours, festivals, and productions, and we are sincerely excited to help create the most beautiful digitally printed backdrops for our clients that they can ever imagine. Our state of the art, grand-format in-house digital printer can create seamless custom-printed individual drapery pieces up to 10ft. wide each. And with our incredibly gifted manufacturing team’s mad sewing skills, we can then build custom digitally printed curtains in practically any shape, size, and style that our clients’ imaginative minds can think of.

This past spring, renowned Stage/Tour Designer Gordon Droitcoir (@courdesign) and absolutely unrivaled Lighting Designer Jonathan “Jonny” Kingsbury (@kingsburyeyes) reached out to us for a custom theatrical curtain. They were gearing up for the upcoming national “Mystic Truth Tour” for Southern Californian alternative rock band, Bad Suns, and wanted something completely distinctive to showcase behind the band while out on the road. They needed the drape to be lightweight and easy to hang, tour-friendly for transporting from show to show, and vibrant enough to showcase their energizing graphic design with a striking clarity that their entire audiences could enjoy.  They decided to have us construct for them a 16’h x 28’w “venue-friendly” backdrop that was digitally printed onto FR Crystal Poplin, a flame retardant fabric that works beautifully with digital ink for the ultimate in durability and color saturation, helping make their unique image truly stand out. 

This lightweight substrate’s super tight weave allows for a sharp, crisp image, and an almost “glossy” appearance. It has a wonderful translucency and glows exceptionally well when appropriately back lit. We love the way this textile delivers jet black and super saturated dark colors, too—which worked fantastically with this Bad Suns’ genuinely one-of-a-kind graphic.

With a wide array of printable substrates to choose from (indoor, outdoor, opaque, translucent, etc.), digital printing enables you to magnify a photo quality image into a stunning theatrical and scenic digital backdrop. This is especially exciting nowadays because any graphic image that is designed for printing on paper can now be printed on fabric, too. So we can literally take any idea from your graphic artist’s imagination and turn it into a real-world, spectacular stage design for your show or production—just like we did for Gordon and Jonathan and this tour. Reach out to us anytime and we’d be delighted to build you a remarkable digitally printed curtain for you upcoming special event, too. And you should definitely check out Bad Suns in concert at any of their upcoming shows this Fall across the country—their post-punk inspired music offers a downright extraordinary live show experience!