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9 12, 2019

Black Chrome Illusion Austrian Completely Illuminates Stage Design For Gala Event

By |December 9th, 2019|Products, Projects|0 Comments

Earlier this year we were delighted to be able to work with the brilliant and innovative Set Designer and Propmaster at Dallas Theater Center, John Slauson. He had a particular vision for what he sought to construct for their upcoming Centerstage Gala 2019 event, which they wanted to be absolutely extraordinary this year. With incredible Broadway performers Wade McCollum and Cedric Neal on hand, the entertaining evening would involve a lively cocktail hour in the stunning Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre followed by a delicious three-course dinner, a Tony-worthy performance, and a jubilant late-night dance party with one of the best bands in town.

Therefore they needed a curtain that would not only be strikingly gorgeous all by itself but would also be versatile enough to work beautifully as the backdrop for each and every part of the night’s festivities. John decided to rent our magnificent 30’h x 60’w Black Chrome Illusion Austrian drape from our Timeless and Traditional Drapery Collection as the main upstage curtain for this special event’s motif. Manufactured using an exquisite, satiny IFR fabric, and consisting of millions of tiny pewter and black squares, this curtain can look like “liquid chrome” in natural lighting and also perfectly reflect whatever colorful lighting you might want to implement—depending on what your own specific stage design calls for.

Using a couple of eye-catching stretch projection pieces to help embellish this unique staging, the overall event design John and his team created turned out completely spectacular, and they were extremely thrilled with how everything turned out. By artistically changing the colorful theatrical lighting being splashed onto the Austrian drape, they were able to better showcase an original and fresh look for all of the various segments of this special gala occasion. You can see by these fabulous photos taken by talented event photographer Dana Driensky that they did a stupendous job with the entire appearance of this entirely distinctive stage design.

We would love to help you fashion a genuinely superb stage design for your next upcoming production, concert, tour, or other special event by using some gorgeous rental drapes from one of our Specialty Drapery Collections. Reach out to us today and we’ll be glad to offer you helpful and beneficial advice on using our rental curtains, present you with loads of photos and video “inspirations” to help you get your creative juices flowing, and of course ultimately provide you with the most ideal, remarkable, and dazzling rental drapery you could ever envision for your exclusive event, too. 

3 12, 2019

Chameleon LED Drape Brilliantly Complements Spectacular One-Of-A-Kind Wedding Event

By |December 3rd, 2019|Clients, Products, Projects|0 Comments

Sometimes adding a simple, but dramatic, element to your event design can make all the difference in the world towards “bringing it fully together.” A beautiful rental drape or backdrop can absolutely be that extra touch—and is an easy and affordable way to solidify your event’s overall motif. We here at Rent What? Inc., and myself especially, were thrilled to work with one of our regular tour and production managers Laura Jean “LJ” Hyde Clark with a drapery element for her upcoming nuptials to Patrick Clark in New Orleans, Louisiana. They wanted something that would go nicely with the completely unique theme of the wedding, in a very special venue—The House of Blues in New Orleans.

LJ had come up with the concept of their entire wedding extravaganza, down to the very last detail. They were going for a truly original “Great Gatsby/Freakshow” sort of vibe. With influences from Beetlejuice and Greatest Showman, and in primarily black and gold design elements, they wanted to create a spectacularly dark, spooky, and macabre atmosphere. Working with the venue’s remarkable in-house Lighting Director Austin Dominique, they decided to rent one of our versatile and dynamic RGB Chameleon LED drapes to help pull together their desired “distinctive” look. 

This style of LED drape is wonderful for concert tours, theater productions, and other special events that you want to add a very unique touch to. Offering the option to use either the supplied on-drape controller and instruction manual to program the drape directly yourself, or to plug it into the in-house light board via the DMX cable provided means that it fits the needs of both small and large events and tours. This curtain allows you to change the color palette and speed of the blinking lights, and specify all sorts of fun and vibrant color patterns, too. You can literally have as many color schemes as you’d like, and chose from hundreds of gradations on its almost infinite color palette. Moreover, this can all be done ahead of time so that the drape would be all ready to go for your event or show.

As the logistics and event manager at the HOB, Kelly Riley executed all of LJ’s ideas visually on the day of the wedding superbly. And you can see by these FABULOUS photos taken by wedding photographer Willow Haley, LJ and Patrick’s one-of-a-kind dream design was a complete success! Having the memorable ceremony on the main HOB stage, followed by incredible performances by cirque and vaudeville-themed dancers and acrobats, and of course lots of enjoyable guest dancing at the reception, the Chameleon LED backdrop was the perfect complement to all of the various segments of this exceptional event. We were so pleased to be able to help provide a gorgeous rental drape for their big day, and wish them every bit of happiness that life can give this happy couple!

25 11, 2019

Masking Drapes Aid With Fantastic USS Iowa Special Event

By |November 25th, 2019|Products, Projects|1 Comment

Here at Sew What? we recognize how important it is to take a few minutes to appreciate the efforts and sacrifices that our men and women in the US Armed Forces do for all of us on a daily basis. Understanding everything that they have given up, and that they vigilantly work every single day to help protect for us, is a humble endeavor that should not be taken lightly. Honoring those that serve in our country’s military on Veteran’s Day is the least we can do as grateful members of the community.

This past Veteran’s Day, the USS Battleship Iowa Museum–right here in San Pedro, California–wanted to offer an exceptional event for the community to enjoy with one another, and to help honor fellow Veterans. Throughout the day, guests enjoyed catered food, and free family-friendly activities on the fantail of the ship, including mural painting and Vicky the Dog Story Time with author Carole Hershman (Vicky, a seafaring pup, was actually the ship’s beloved mascot once upon a time!).

And, as an exclusive treat for their guests that day, on the actual fantail of the ship, they decided to host the Emmy Award winning documentary, The Last Signal, and the award winning World War I documentary, They Shall Not Grow Old, with a live Q&A by Emmy Award winning director Kyle Olson. Happily, this event got such a huge response from the public that they had to change where they held the event to an even larger area. As you can imagine, on a sunny Southern California day, it would be way too bright outside to successfully show a film outdoors with any sort of clarity, even under the massive tent structures they brought in for the event. Due to this last minute change, they had to get dark-colored, light-blocking tie-on curtains to quickly mask off the entire area behind and next to the screen, in order for the audience to be able to better immerse themselves in these completely engaging films. 

We were very pleased to be able to rent them some beautiful–and efficient—flat, black, tie-on IFR Encore Velour masking drapes for this set-up. The client was thrilled with how nice they looked, how simple they were to install, and how wonderfully they helped to block the bright sunshine bouncing off the ocean nearby so that their guests could truly enjoy the significant movies being shown that afternoon. With sizes in our rental inventory ranging from 1’h to 60’h, and a huge assortment of widths, our flat masking curtains and borders can help put the finishing touches on any type of unique event, production, concert, or trade show configuration that you can think of! Feel free to contact us today so that we can assist you with adding the perfect style of drapery to your own upcoming special occasion, too.

29 10, 2019

Mix Of Rental Drapes Are Perfect Background For Old Dominion Benefit Concert

By |October 29th, 2019|Clients, News, Products|1 Comment

Feeling an enormous amount of pride to be a truly “Made In The USA” company, Sew What?/Rent What? feels especially privileged to be a part of important charity projects right here in America, wherever and whenever possible.  Recently we were humbled and honored to again work with renowned Production Manager Matt Anderson by providing him and his team with some gorgeous rental drapes for a stage he needed to help design for a vital, be a part of the incredible charity event spearheaded by Matthew Ramsey from the gifted contemporary American country music band Old Dominion, called “Nashville Night in Buchanan.”

This significant—and much anticipated—annual event originated in 2011, and benefits Buchanan Area Ministerial Association (BAMA) Food Pantry and other areas in need in Botetourt County. Matthew Ramsey, as well as all of the talented members of the Old Dominion band, brought an evening of fantastic music and lots of laughs back to his hometown of Buchanan, Virginia. Organized as a songwriters’ round to give back to the local community, the event also stars Old Dominion’s Trevor Rosen and Brad Tursi as well as Nashville songwriters Matt Jenkins, Josh Osborne and Shane McAnally. Additionally, the event benefits the Ramsey Foundation, which was created to provide resources to organizations working in rural communities. Their focus is helping to meet daily life needs as well as the enrichment of cultural arts. In addition, they seek to bring awareness to the disparities of cultural arts resources and opportunities in rural communities. That is why benefits like Nashville Night in Buchanan are so critical to help fund the aid programs that are so urgently needed in communities like theirs in Virginia.

Providing Matt Anderson and his team with beautiful and dramatic stage drapes was a great way to give the event some real pizzazz! Starting with lightweight and exquisite Pewter Textura pleated legs from our Timeless and Traditional Drapery Collection, they topped it off with our magnificent Smokey Pearl Swagged Border from our Silver Satin Collection. These drapes all light up extremely well, making them particularly versatile with colorful lighting schemes splashed onto them. Mixing and matching striking curtains from our various drapery collections is a fantastic way to create a stunning and completely unique stage design, no matter the size. Both types of drapery are made from exquisite and versatile IFR fabrics, which also offers peace of mind for the production staff, too.

Those of us at Rent What? couldn’t have been more thrilled with how spectacular their stage design turned out—as you can see by these photos. We were so pleased to have been a part of this extraordinarily crucial benefit for the very deserving people in those communities–we love being able to help our clients build dazzling production and stage designs all over the country! Contact one of our helpful account managers today and let us assist you with fashioning the most amazing stage design for your upcoming special event, with either lovely rental drapes, remarkable custom drapes, or a fabulous combination of both.

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

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