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14 10, 2020

Behind The Face Masks–How SW Has Adapted To The Changing Times

By |October 14th, 2020|Digital Printing, Masks, Products, Projects|0 Comments

The Global Covid-19 Pandemic has definitely put a “damper” on a lot of the entertainment industry’s regularly scheduled programs, concerts, and shows. There have been numerous changes going around SW?’s workroom lately….In light of the pandemic, Sew What? has been using our sewing team’s impressive and meticulous manufacturing skills to aide in offsetting the spread of the virus as much as we can, by building and selling colored, specialty, and custom-made face masks (and other PPE items) to help alleviate the burden of mask shortages that the country was starting to experience.

On top of also continuing to sell and rent fabulous drapes to new and existing clients who are lucky enough to have a need for them in today’s current environment, our sewing room has been completely retrofitted to build these extraordinary double-layered face masks as well. We are very pleased to report that our comfortable, unique, and affordable face masks are now starting to get a name for themselves, too! And we are thrilled to also be able to offer a whole selection of “Cover Up For A Cause” charity masks and PPE items, too, which automatically donate $1 to several important causes with every purchase.

This past spring, recent UCSB Journalism graduate Fabioloa Esqueda came to visit our facility and was able to speak with our company’s incredibly assiduous and industrious owner and President Megan Duckett, to hear all about the trials, tribulations, and uncertainties that have been the forefront of her thinking during this harrowing time for us all. Fabiola was also able to converse with some of our diligent manufacturing team members to hear about their own personal experiences during the county-mandated quarantine, too.

She ended up writing up an amazing piece entitled “Behind The Face Masks,” consisting of an engaging article and a gripping video. Both beautifully illustrate Sew What?’s transition in efforts for both our remarkable company leader, Megan, as well as our magnificent sewing staff–some of whom have been working with SW? for a decade or longer. We were honored to have been able to impart our story with Fabiola, and to have her share it with all of her readers too.

Please take a few minutes to read and watch this piece about our Whatter’s Family journey into the truly unknown. A lot of companies have had to retrofit their business models during these unprecedented times, and we feel privileged to have helped demonstrate that they are NOT alone. Our hope is that by continuing to work together, and by supporting local businesses in the touring and entertainment industries, we will get through this difficult time and come out the other end stronger than ever.

7 01, 2020

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

By |January 7th, 2020|Digital Printing, Projects|2 Comments

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!

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