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28 05, 2019

Combination Of Mylar Rain Curtains And Stardrop LED Drapes Dazzle Theater Audience

By |May 28th, 2019|News|1 Comment

We love our remarkable clients all over the globe—both big and small—but are especially thrilled when we get to help local productions put on a truly phenomenal show. Helping provide them with gorgeous, versatile, and user-friendly specialty rental stage curtains can sometimes really help boost an already fantastic concert, production, musical, or other special event design right over to true excellence!

Recently we were very pleased to work with the exceptional Set Designer Brian Cole and visionary Director Rachel Snow-Fornari of Alhambra High School’s Moors Thespians. This renowned high school theatre department was putting on a production of Bob Fosse, Fred Ebb, and John Kander’s legendary “jazz and corruption” musical Chicago, with a brilliant group of talented students and support staff producing each element of this celebrated musical’s stage design from scratch.

Needing rental curtains for several key scenes in the production, Brian and Rachel decided to start by renting some of our dazzling 23’h x 10’w Silver Mylar Rain Curtains. Completely electrifying, these drapes took any color that their lighting designers splashed onto them, and helped add glamour, excitement, and energy to every scene they were in. From our Oh So Swanky Rental Drapery Collection, we have this style of scintillating silver drapery in both 10’h and 23’h sizes to fit most stages.

Next, they knew that this musical’s storyline wanted to convey several scenes as taking place outside under a clear, crisp night sky… So, they chose to use one of our Classic LED Stardrop rental drapes, too. Rich, velvety, deep black velour curtains with blue-white bright LED lights sewn right into them, these Stardrop drapes are a favorite for all types of productions. With full control over the intensity, speed, and duration of the “twinkle”, you can create the exact look of a beautiful starry sky right in the comfort of your indoor venue—no matter the weather outside. Available in both Classic LED and RGB Chameleon, and with grommets and ties on all four sides of the drapes, these adaptable curtains can be used on a multitude of stage sizes, styles, and designs.

Not only did their custom stage design look absolutely stunning, but the kids also did a tremendous job with the acting, singing, dancing, and choreography too (thanks to their incredible choreographer Tess Johnson). And to top it all off, The National Youth Arts Foundation bestowed upon them four major awards in this year’s 14th Annual National Youth Arts Awards ceremony (including Outstanding Ensemble, and Outstanding Lead and Supporting Lead in a Musical), and they were also nominated for 5 others. With more than 700 productions considered for these awards spanning 17 states, Canada, and the UK, these enormously prestigious commendations rightfully honored Alhambra High School’s students and staff for all of their hard work and efforts on this magnificent production.

With superb photos taken by event photographer Richard Chambers, you can see how flawlessly they utilized both stage curtains for this show—sometimes using them individually, and other times layering them with one another for an especially memorable look. Rent What? was extremely happy for all of their accolades, and are genuinely looking forward to working with Brian, Rachel, and the rest of the team at Alhambra HS on more of their upcoming productions, too. Let us also help support you with some captivating rental or custom-made stage curtains for your next big show, concert, production, concert tour, or any other special event that you have coming up, too.

27 03, 2019

Celebrating 10 years of “It’s All Sew Biz”

By |March 27th, 2019|Company, News|3 Comments

It seems like only yesterday that I published the very first post on our company’s brand new blog, but amazingly enough, it was ten years ago, on March 24, 2009. In the beginning, I was not only the blog administrator, but also the primary author of posts, with Megan contributing as well. I was learning as I went along, so the early posts were mainly text with the occasional photo.

As the years went on, this blog evolved. As I became more comfortable with the WordPress platform and other platforms like Flickr and YouTube, we began to include more embedded content – including YouTube videos and Flickr photos of our custom stage drapes and rental stage curtains out on tour.

Over the years, the voice of the blog has become more diverse, as a variety of staff members have contributed posts. Some have contributed just one or two posts, while others have became regular and frequent authors. Today, blog posts are primarily written by Marianne, Megan and me (though my focus these days is more on administering the blog rather than writing posts).

It is just so amazing and gratifying to see how this blog has evolved and improved over the years. Whow would have imagined when we launched this new unfamiliar format ten years ago that the blog would still be going strong in 2019! Thank you to all of our readers and contributors – here’s to another ten years!

18 09, 2018

Completely Enthrall Yourself In A Huge Variety Of Our Social Media Sites

By |September 18th, 2018|Company, News|1 Comment

You must know by now that we have a lot of fun working on special projects with our clients to help them build amazing and memorable stage designs for all kinds of events, concerts, productions, tours, and everything in between. Either through custom-sewn theatrical drapes, or with an assortment of gorgeous curtains and theatrical embellishments from our rental drapery collections, we strive to help our customers create spectacular stage designs no matter how large or small the occasion might be–or what kind of budget they might need to stick to.

What really delights us is then hearing back from our wonderfully imaginative clients on how our products might have truly impacted their special events for the better, and especially when they share a photo, video, or specific feedback about the drapery. Because of this, we are always very excited to showcase these shared images NOT ONLY on our revamped website, but also through our many social media sites. With so many to now choose from, we love offering our online connections some breathtaking examples of stage drapery and designs to help keep their minds and hearts inspired for the next show.

Whether you like watching videos on our YouTube Channel, checking out our photos and hashtags on our Instagram page, or getting the scoop on great suggestions and ideas with our Facebook page—we have a little something for everyone! Our Pinterest and Flickr Galleries offer exceptional pictures taken by incredibly gifted photographers, to better assist you in fine tuning your design vision. And, of course, our Google+ and LinkedIn pages are fantastic places to gain vital insight about not only our products, but of various elements from the theatrical drapery industry in general.

We extend fair warning though—our social media sites are completely addictive, so once you start perusing through all of those remarkable and engaging photos, videos, and tidbits of invaluable information, you may find that time has completely flown by! Feel free to give us a call or online inquiry if you have any questions at all about the goods and services that we offer, and let us help you construct the most fabulous and dramatic event design you that could have ever imagined.

3 04, 2018

Inspiration Is Truly In The Eye Of The Beholder

By |April 3rd, 2018|Clients, Company, Education, links, News, Products, Projects|1 Comment

Inspiration — it helps motivate us to be our best, do our best, act our best, and put forth the very best that we each have to offer the world. The definition of inspiration is “the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something; particularly to do something creative.” But what inspires you may not inspire the next individual…. It is probably one of the most subjective concepts you can think of, and yet–in this industry especially—it is definitely one of the most important, too.

This is why we here at Sew What?/Rent What? Inc. offer a variety of ways to help spark our clients’ imaginations. Some stage and event designers like to look at photos of theatrical draperies out in “real world” situations, which is why we have some fabulous examples of our drapes in a ton of Flickr photo albums and galleries to meet their every drapery desire. They can also explore our company Pinterest and Instagram pages to see some great examples of event and stage designs, and learn about some ingenious ways for us to help them create a similar look for their own special events.

Others may do better by seeing video of the drapes and designs moving across their screen, as it helps them better imagine how the drapery and stage embellishments might look for their own creative projects. Therefore we offer a variety of different videos showcasing our rental and custom curtains on our very own YouTube channel.

Some may prefer to see simple swatches of fabric or written data on their computer screen, and let their imagination run wild with that information. If so, they can check out our e-swatches and white papers on our website (and read this blog, of course) to gain valuable information and insight as to what type of fabric, cut, style, and substrate might work best to create the right look at their own unique event, venue, or production.

And sometimes it’s as simple as being a little “social” and going to one of our many social media sites like Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+. These sites are a fantastic way to easily gather information about some of our recent projects, converse with employees and other clients regarding ideas for original stage designs, and read helpful advice, suggestions, and ideas on how to they can better work within their budget, actual space dimensions, or possible time limitations. We are here in a myriad of ways for our clients—just let us know how we can better help to inspire YOU, too!

14 02, 2018

Whatter’s Family Comes Together To Get The Job Done Right!

By |February 14th, 2018|Company, News, Rent What Team, Sew What Team|0 Comments

I wanted to take a few moments to remark on how interesting and exciting it is to have my office out in the middle of the SW warehouse. When I leave the wonderfully comfortable “little cocoon” of my individual office, I never know what sights are going to greet me as I enter the main warehouse area—arguably the heart of the company!

Today was no exception—as I took my first few steps, I was immediately enthralled by the hustle and bustle of my colleagues, and with seeing the eye-catching and eclectic projects that they were working on simultaneously. Everything from soon-to-be completed gorgeous drapes being sewn in shades of black and burgundy, to natural muslin drapes having the perfect finishing sewing touches being done to them, to stunning pleated red Super-Vel specialty rental drapes hanging nearby on the truss.

Seeing smaller-scale custom-printed digital banners hanging in all their glory next to larger-scale, magnificently detailed digitally printed backdrops, it really showcased our company’s diverse capabilities to help create one-of-a-kind pieces for our incredibly creative event and tour designers.

And with a built-to-order Chameleon LED (RGB) drape painstakingly being wired and arranged right in the middle of everything, I was so impressed with the exceptionally hard work that I knew they were putting into every single detail of that drape–ensuring that it would sparkle and twinkle flawlessly at our client’s upcoming special event.

I was delighted to realize that several departments were represented on the warehouse floor, all working tirelessly collectively to get the jobs done right. There were seamstresses, one of our sewing managers, our warehouse technical manager, our logistics manager, our QC techs, and even some of our inspections team working together to help create the most spectacular, and highest quality, custom-built soft goods imaginable. I love it when I see so many of my co-workers working seamlessly together (pardon the pun!) to get these jobs done right—which is the true definition of a family…..“A Whatter’s Family!”