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25 10, 2017

Unique Stage Design Ideas For Upcoming Holiday Events

By |October 25th, 2017|Fabrics, Products|1 Comment

With the holiday season (shockingly!) right around the corner once again, we are being called upon to help our clients create dazzling, versatile, and most of all, memorable event designs using our gorgeous rental theatrical stage drapes. The popular direction to typically go with these designs is to use some of our rich and luxurious White, Gold, or Red Supervel Pleated draperies, or perhaps even our White Voile and Classic or Chameleon Stardrop LED curtains, too.

These drapery choices are wonderful, and would absolutely help you make a truly elegant stage for your special event. However, let us suggest that you and your production team think a little outside the box while creating the look for this year’s big holiday-themed parties, concerts, and other special shindigs—by blending in some of our genuinely breathtaking theatrical drapes from our Industrial Textures Rental Drapery Collection, too.

Our Aluminum Metal Mesh backdrops, legs, and borders are incredibly dynamic–by simply adding a splash of some colorful stage lighting you can completely change the mood and feel of the stage design from set to set, making them IDEAL stage pieces for venues featuring a wide-ranging group of artists or event themes.

Newer to our collection are these eye-catching Camo Legs (at various lengths), which are also extremely modifiable–as you can hang them frontward or backward to give your stage frame an exceptional, textured look. Layer them over our shimmery Silver or Pewter Textura Pleated Legs and you will surely wow your crowd!

And don’t forget our jaw-dropping one-of-a-kind Black Chaos Backdrop, which is perfect when you want a multi-dimensional, layered look created with a single, easy to hang drape. Hang it as the main stage drape behind your band, or as a focal piece at your special holiday event, and just throw some theatrical lighting on it to help set your event’s own distinctive motif. Let our team of experts help you find the most perfect combination of fabulous rental stage draperies for your upcoming holiday soirees, and help you create a completely exclusive look for your special holiday event.

16 10, 2017

Sew What? Inc Backdrops Shimmer for American Rock Band GARBAGE

By |October 16th, 2017|Digital Printing, Fabrics, Products, Projects|1 Comment

Popular American rock band Garbage is well known for their alternative rock music. Breaking into the mainstream music arena out of the grunge styles of the early 90’s, they continue to tour, offering audiences an alternative and industrial rock show filled with passionate performances and visually dynamic staging.

Sew What? Inc has supplied backdrops for the band for several tours now.  The two most recent tours both offering opportunity to create unique one-of-a-kind specialty drapery for the band.

For this dynamic shimmer pink tiger backdrop, we had the challenge of combining multiply layers of cloth, along with graphic elements via our wide format printer.

We started with a digitally printed Heavy Knit backdrop, with the tiger graphics printed in heavy saturated black ink.  The band name Garbage was printed as an outline, so that we would be able to use the guidelines for later cutting away the surface area applique cloth.

The artist wanted to offer the audience the fascination of the femme, glimmer shimmery hot pink of the background, with the stark contrast of the black and white tigers in their pouncing poses.  Shimmer mylar dot fabric in fuchsia was selected for the project as it gives a solid bold hot pink that is super reflective. It has a disco ball effect under direct lighting conditions.

Here is a video showing the drape in use at a concert:

For another contrasting look for their summer outdoor festival shows, we enjoyed crafting a pleated “shimmer scrim” in black and blue/green tones for the band.  This is such a unique textile! It behaves like a real sharkstooth scrim with both front and back lighting effects – as well as bringing a shimmery glimmer of iridescence due to the mylar threads that are woven into the cloth.

In this shop photo, you see just how unique the cloth is – it almost gives an “underwater” effect.  Quite dramatic!

Want to know more about what we do and who we are? Sew What? Inc. has a fascinating Company History, and is proud of the wide variety of theatrical venues and many designs that we’ve manufactured over the years. To view some of our notable theater curtain designs, check out our drapery portfolio.

12 09, 2017

Custom Digital Print Adds Color And Excitement To Church Staging

By |September 12th, 2017|Digital Printing, Fabrics, Products, Projects|1 Comment

WOW – Who would have thought that a gorgeous, illuminating stage like this…..

Could have been derived from such a simple image as this…..?

When our clients contact us with custom drapery requests, we always try to make sure we can fully envision what they want the soft goods to look like when they are finished so that we are all on the same page about the end result. This way we can be as sure (as possible) that our custom-built digitally printed drapery will work perfectly with their venue, tour, production, or special event.

But I have to admit, when Caleb McNaughton from Highpoint Church in Aurora, Colorado sent us the above image to be digitally printed, at first I thought they were interesting but wondered why they might want something  so…uncolorful.  I can completely see now! Printed on Crystal Poplin, the excellent translucency of this fabric will allow for a multitude of different moods to be created. By simply changing the theatrical lighting that is splashed upon it, they now have an endless amount of looks and backgrounds for their stage, using the exact same soft goods.  Versatile, Dynmaic, and Brilliant!

29 08, 2017

Opaque, Transparent, Translucent

By |August 29th, 2017|Education, Fabrics|1 Comment

Since the majority of our work with clients is done via phone and email, clear verbal and written communication is key to our business. We need to clearly understand what our clients’ needs are and clearly explain to those clients what we recommend.

Sometimes it is fairly simple. The client knows exactly what he or she wants in a drape: fabric name, drapery style, fullness, etc. Other times, however, the client may just have an idea of a look but isn’t sure how to best describe the look. It’s our job to help the client describe their design and what they are trying to achieve in the design with the drapery.

One of the factors to consider is how opacity affects the customer’s design and drapery needs. Is the client looking for masking drapery and therefore needs the drape to be a solid black “non-see-through” fabric? If so, do they need complete light blockage (or “blackout”) drapery, or do they just want to ensure that any objects behind the drape can’t be seen?

When the customer asks for a “transparent” or “translucent” fabric, what is the customer trying to achieve in the design? Does the design call for something floaty and “see-through” or does it call for back-lighting, rear-projection, or a silhouette effect? Depending on the answers to these questions, either a “transparent” or a “translucent” fabric may be recommended (as the two terms are not synonymous).

Voile is an example of a transparent fabric, through which objects can be clearly seen (as above).

As we discuss the issue of drapery opacity, we sometimes find that a client is unclear about the difference between the terms “opaque,” “transparent,” and “translucent.” Of course, we do explain these terms directly to the client, but we have also found it helpful to our customers to send them a link to our white paper “Opaque, Transparent, or Translucent? Tips for Making the Best Fabric Choice for Stage Draperies.” Not only does the white paper explain the different terms in regards to how they relate to stage drapery fabrics, but it also lists common opaque, transparent, and translucent fabric choices.

Want to learn more about this fabric opacity? Click here to download a pdf copy of the white paper.

24 05, 2017

Wondering About Velour and Velvet

By |May 24th, 2017|Education, Fabrics|1 Comment

Have you ever seen a beautiful Grand Drape at a theatre and thought, “Wow, isn’t that velvet drape beautiful?” If so, you might be surprised to learn that the beautiful stage curtain that you were looking at was likely made from theatrical velour, rather than velvet.

This beautiful drape, made on behalf of Gridworks for the luxury cruise ship Queen Victoria, was manufactured from IFR 26oz Theatrical Velour

While the two fabrics are similar, there are some definite differences between the two, particularly in regards to weight and depth of nap. In general terms, velvet is lighter-weight, with a corresponding short nap, and is used primarily for apparel, whereas theatrical velour is heavier, tends to have a thicker nap, and is used primarily for drapery. There are also differences in the types of fibers typically used and in how the fabrics are constructed.

Want to learn more about the differences between velvet and theatrical velour, and about theatrical velour is made? We’ve written an article that explains all about it. To download the article as a pdf document, click here: “Wondering About Velour and Velvet?“.