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21 01, 2020

Blend Of Rental Drapery Collections Creates Fabulously Unique Event Designs

By |January 21st, 2020|Products, Projects|0 Comments

Every production design, every concert stage, and every special event strives to have an exclusive, memorable, and one-of-a-kind appearance. Our clients can be absolute magicians when it comes to creating remarkably unique stage designs for their own particular events, and look to Rent What? to help them build a truly exceptional look at a competitive price. They have learned that one of the easiest, and most successful, ways of accomplishing this is by renting different drapes from our various Specialty Rental Drapery Collections. Below are just a couple of fabulous examples of how combining various curtains from our collections can help you fashion an undeniably distinctive event design, too.

One of our extremely skillful and talented clients, Michael Roccaforte from FORTE, created the look for the high-profile, annual Indiana Conference For Women. By combining larger-than-life swags from our Silver Satin Collection, and Pleated Pewter and Silver Textura Legs from our Timeless and Traditional Collection, and splashing some inspired and colorful theatrical stage lighting onto these highly reflective drapes, they were able to (once again!) build an utterly striking stage design that genuinely blew their audience away.

Next we had the gifted production designer Zach Ciaburri from the Scottsdale Center For The Performing Arts who needed to build a wonderfully distinguished look for their “Scottsdale Arts Gala 2019.” By combining Classic Stardrop LED drapes (on the left side and center) and Chameleon LED drapes (on the right side), he was able to construct a breathtaking starry sky look for their “Starry Night”-themed gala event that brilliantly transported their guests to feel like they were dining outside on a stunning crisp winter’s eve. Adding whimsical hanging props and beautiful table settings, this was an absolutely resplendent event that no one would soon forget.

Finally, we have Elizabeth Newton and her superb design team at Cory’s Audio Visual, who wanted to produce a grand stage for a prominent event that they were sponsoring. By combining a backdrop of Pewter Textura Pleated Legs with a few of our tall Silver Satin Legs (which they artistically swagged on their stage, to give it a completely original look), they were able to create an extraordinary motif for this event. They topped the design off with some of our custom built Pewter Textura pleated borders and some dazzling lighting effects, they were able to fully delight everyone in attendance.

With an extensive, diverse selection of eye-catching specialty drapes to choose from, contact one of our helpful account managers today to let us help you build the most magnificent event or production design imaginable!

17 12, 2019

Mixed Media Backdrop With Glowing Backlit Lettering Wows Audience

By |December 17th, 2019|Products, Projects|1 Comment

We were delighted to produce a backdrop recently for American rock band JIMMY EAT WORLD. A Dan Hadley stage and lighting design, this #backdrop was digitally printed onto an opaque, light blocking fabric with a step and repeat design. Our 10 foot wide Vutek direct printer produces bold and saturated color prints to showcase every style of art in a mural size. For this project, the durable opaque print fabric offered a full blackout, which hid all the goings-on in the background especially when being used during the day for festival events.

What made this drop so unique was that the band’s name was then cut out and replaced with a hand stitched translucent white polyester muslin allowing the lighting team to back light the band’s name for a bright and bold glowing effect! Check out how vividly the logo jumps off the drape and looks like it is glowing and “hovering” over the stage. 

We love the effects that can be created with a custom “cut drop”. You can replace areas of a backdrop with any number of different materials, for a variety of lighting and staging effects.  Adding gobos and moving lights behind the cut areas can give a unique and eye-catching look. See in this picture how gobo effects are achieved with creative back lighting fixtures.

This backdrop even rocked hard for day events……..  Here is a short and fun video that showcases the backdrop and the staging in full effect.  Way to go, Dan Hadley!  

At Sew What? Inc we love crafting textile art.  Let us know what your design is, and we will quote you for custom sewn backdrop made just for you. If you can dream it, we can sew it! To learn more about Sew What? Inc please join the conversation on Facebook at  https://www.facebook.com/SewWhatRentWhat

9 12, 2019

Black Chrome Illusion Austrian Completely Illuminates Stage Design For Gala Event

By |December 9th, 2019|Products, Projects|1 Comment

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|1 Comment

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.