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11 02, 2019

Cloud Satin Austrian Zip-Walls Help Create A Dynamic Stage For Benefit Concert

By |February 11th, 2019|Clients, Products, Projects|1 Comment

We were recently very excited to get to work with one of our extraordinary local clients, the President and Chief Designer of Spark Creative Events, Lani Ballonoff. He needed to help set the stage for an exceptional fundraising event that they were designing for the “Kids Helping Kids Benefit Show” at the beautiful and historic Granada Theater in downtown Santa Barbara. They needed curtains that would have a spectacular larger-than-life appearance, but be versatile enough for them to fashion new and exciting looks throughout the course of the show. They specifically needed a unique backdrop that they could use during the engaging performance of the event’s live entertainment, the dynamic duo Johnnyswim.

The perfect solution was having Spark Creative use three of our gorgeous rental 30’h x 16’w IFR “Cloud” Satin Austrian Zip-Walls from our Silver Satin Drapery Collection. These drapes enabled their team to simply yet effectively create several sensational motifs that would showcase the benefit’s stage design beautifully. By lighting these curtains with a multitude of color schemes, the event’s impressive lighting designers were able to play around with different ambiances by simply mixing up the color palette and saturations.

These theatrical stage curtains gave the design a fresh and exciting look throughout the entire event. You can see how a little change of color can also effectively change the entire feel of a design, as these drapes reflect any light splashed on them remarkably well. What makes our Austrian Zip-Wall draperies so distinctive is that they allow you to literally build an entire wall length of this lavish draping by zipping them flawlessly together. They can either zip together to produce a stunning seamless backdrop, or be used as independent legs to add texture and depth to an existing event design.

This durable IFR fabric is opaque but still amazingly lightweight and plays with theatrical lighting superbly. These drapes will reflect whatever kind of dramatic theatrical lighting you use on them, helping make your event design even more amazing. We love being able to work with our incredible clients, like the artistic team at Spark Event Creative, by providing them with the theatrical curtains needed to create the exact vision that they are going for. Nothing makes us happier than helping offer our clients innovative design ideas to be used for extraordinarily important philanthropic charity events like this one!

16 01, 2019

Sensational Silver Satin Swags And Legs Build Excitement At Awards Show

By |January 16th, 2019|Products, Projects|1 Comment

Recently we were delighted to work with super-creative Event Planner Melissa Valentin and her impressive team at Iglesia Ni Cristo, an innovative church that started in the Philippines back in 1914 and moved to the west 50 years later to become more prevalently known as The Church of Christ. Since they are celebrating its “50 Years In The West” they are holding special events all year across the country. One of these exciting events happened right here in Southern California at the Microsoft Theatre in downtown LA. Melissa and her team from the church produced and showcased this past fall’s “Excellence in Visual Media Awards 2018”, and were beyond thrilled that it turned out to be an absolute success!

They needed to design a grand, dramatic stage that would be stunning and extraordinary on its own, and yet still be seen by their spectators all over the venue, both near the stage and way up on the balcony. And these drapes also needed to be versatile enough to allow their lighting team to help change the entire mood and feel for each segment of the ceremony, too. Being able to utilize their venue’s house 30’h x 60’w Silver Regal Satin Austrian drape (actually a SW-custom built purchase from the past, so we knew it would be gorgeous!), they came to us wanting to add a few breathtaking, larger-than-life theatrical “embellishments” to truly knock their audience’s collective socks off.

It’s always amazing to see how much of a huge difference fabric choice can make when creating a custom, unique stage design for your special events. Since they knew that the material on these theatrical curtains were going to be unconditionally vital in constructing their distinctive stage design, they decided on using some striking rental curtains from our Silver Satin Drapery Collection, which worked impeccably with the house Austrian. Setting the stage with our 16’h x 30’w and 22’h x 40’w Silver Satin Crushed Swags gave their design an exceptionally unique, modern vibe. And adorning each side of the proscenium with our tall Silver Satin Crushed Pre-Pleated Drapery Legs was the perfect way to beautifully complete the look.

Seeing a flawless event design turn out so picture-perfect was an incredible privilege, and we were so pleased to have been a part of it. Next time that you have special event, theatrical production, awards ceremony, trade show, concert tour, or anything else coming up on the horizon, give us a call or pop us an email. Let our sales representatives also assist you with creating the most eye-catching, magnificent event designs you could ever imagine using our custom-made drapes, theatrical rental curtains, or a marvelous combination of both!

14 11, 2018

Old Dominion “Nashville Night in Buchanan” Silver Satin Drapes

By |November 14th, 2018|Clients, Products, Projects|1 Comment

This October, Old Dominion’s Matthew Ramsey brought a night of country music back to his hometown of Buchanan, Virginia. Along with Ramsey, this year’s “Nashville Night in Buchanan” also included bandmate Trevor Rosen and three of their songwriting partners, Josh Osborne, Matt Jenkins, and Shane McAnally. They were able to bring in 5,172 people to raise money for the local food bank, Buchanan Area Ministerial Association Food Pantry. Rent What? Inc. was so happy to be asked to work with Old Dominion again with our Silver Satin rental drapery.

We were honored when we were asked to be a part of another event with Old Dominion to help raise money for charity. We donated our stunning Silver Satin Drapes from our Rental Drapery Collection to create a beautiful backdrop for these performers. These drapes are some of the most reflective and striking materials imaginable and can change colors by splashing light onto them. Since they reflect light beautifully, they were able to create sensational color patterns and intensities for the event. With various drapery options from swags to Austrians to legs (and more), it lends itself to many different stage designs. This gave them the opportunity to create a distinctive look for the “Nashville Night in Buchanan.”

On top of raising money for the Buchanan Area Ministerial Association Food Pantry, Ramsey also announced that he has started a fund called My Hometown Fund, which gives directly back to the community. They have already raised around $50,000 for My Hometown Fund with the “Nashville Night in Buchanan.”

Our drapes from our Silver Satin Rental Drapery Collection looked amazing on stage for this event and they also layer beautifully with drapes from all of our dynamic drapery collections. Our Specialty Drapery Series’ make it easy to create dynamic look for any booth, show or exhibit by packaging an entire complement of matched drapery components in a single fabric theme. Each series contains a varied collection of drape sizes and styles that work together beautifully to create a fully designed scene. Contact our sales team today so we can help you get the perfect rental for your next show or event!

8 10, 2018

Meet The Staff–UPDATES! Chris Greenhaw

By |October 8th, 2018|Company, Rent What Team, Sew What Team|2 Comments

Many of the Sew What? team members have worn lots of hats over the years, and assist in numerous ways in several seemingly completely different departments. It’s why we’ve worked as such a “well-oiled machine” for so long (we never have oil around the drapes though, lol!), and why we’ve been able to enjoy our success in this mad-cap industry for over 15 years. We’ve also learned to ebb and flow with our employees’ abundant strengths, so that we can better utilize everyone’s attributes in the smartest, most efficient way possible. Because of that, I have decided to not only have our readers meet and learn a little bit about our amazing staff members as they join our wonderful family here. But also, I want to have them revisit our Whatters in a brand new “Meet The Staff—UPDATES!” blog series over the course of the next few months. You can see those that have been rockin’ in their original position for their entire duration here at RW/SW, and those that have moved on to completely different areas of focus and expertise. We couldn’t be prouder of everyone’s hard work and diligence–always managing to keep our company fresh, invigorated, and ahead of the game!

CHRIS GREENHAW:

What were you originally hired to do, and how have your duties/job descriptions changed since working here? (even if your job title hasn’t changed) Please explain…

Originally, I was hired back in 2011 as part of the rental QC and daily operations staff.  After a few years, I started learning the ins and outs of the rental department, as well as the general receiving of all inbound theatrical supplies for the company (i.e. fabrics, webbing, etc.). In early 2017 I accepted the logistics coordinator position for both SW? and RW?, and currently handle all of the inbound and outbound shipments of our finished products (rentals and custom orders), freight and small parcel shipment quoting, general receiving, and the in-town driver’s schedule. I also provide back-up for the rental and shipping department whenever it’s needed. 

What is a favorite recent memory/circumstance/event from being part of the Sew What? family?

The atmosphere of the workplace is what I admire the most. The company prides itself on creating the family aspect, and it makes you feel comfortable.  Everything we do is a direct reflection of that.

What project have you worked on recently that was interesting or challenging? What did you learn from it?

Operations on a day to day basis bring new challenges.  Everything from rush orders to emergency repairs to last minute deliveries are always providing interesting challenges—no two days are alike.

Anything more you would like to add about the development and evolution of RW/SW? Inc.?

Working at Sew What? and Rent What? have been more than anything I could have asked for. I look forward to seeing both of the companies grow and grow.

24 09, 2018

Meet the Sew What? and Rent What? Staff, Part 22: Kim

By |September 24th, 2018|Company, Rent What Team, Sew What Team|1 Comment

For our next installment of “Meet The Staff”, I am very happy to be able to officially introduce you to an incredibly important—and very much appreciated—member of our Sew What? / Rent What? family, Kim Curran. We’ve been extremely lucky to add Kim to the “Whatter Family” a few years ago as our Senior Purchasing Agent, and it’s been a perfect match ever since. Her diverse background as a buyer has immensely helped with her transition into this slightly different field of “theatrical fabric purchasing”, giving her an invaluable insight and perspective on successful vendor relations, and in turn, what we need to help make this company run smoothly—fabric! Please take a moment to read a little more about Kim, and learn why we are so thrilled to have her as an absolutely vital member of the SW team. ?

When did you first start at Sew What? What were you originally hired to do, and how have your duties changed since working here?

I started in May of 2015 as the Sew What Purchasing Agent, and have remained in that position ever since.

If you could take a vacation to anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

It would definitely be Italy—I love the food……All of the food! Pasta, fish, desserts, and everything in between. ?

What kind of work did you do before coming to Sew What?

I was a sporting goods buyer for a major national sporting goods chain—mostly focusing on fitness products of all kinds.

Do you have a special talent?

I love to dabble in baking and cooking of all varieties—and I try to use my powers for good and not evil. (my colleagues seem happy to take on my baking experiments) 😉

What is your favorite memory/circumstance/event from being part of the Sew What? family?

My husband and I had the most wonderful time attending a company dinner at the Bull Pen last year. It was a sit-down dinner at a spectacular steak house with much of the company there, and their spouses and significant others. And it was such a blast!

What is your favorite sports team/TV Show/Book/Movie?

I am not too die-hard of a fan for any particular sports team…. But I AM a huge fan of all kinds of cooking programs—especially the reality competition cooking shows. Give me some Chopped, Iron Chef, Hell’s Kitchen, or any baking contest on TV and I’m there!

What are some of your hobbies?

I love to cook—if you haven’t been able to tell by now! Main courses, desserts, snacks, and anything else that sounds yummy. My husband and I have newly started experimenting with Blue Apron (home delivered ingredients and recipes) which has really gotten me to wear my “chef hat” more than ever. It’s been a fun way for us to try out interesting new styles of food and cooking that we normally probably never would have done on our own.

Plus—more importantly–this summer we also added a new member to our family…our new puppy Stella! She’s a 7-month-old Chiweenie puppy (Chihuahua and Dachshund mix), and she has been the light of our life since we brought her home to be our furr-ever little girl. She has so much contagious energy, so much excitement over everything, and gives so much love to us both–and everyone she meets. It has been so much fun adding her to our family! ?

What project have you worked on recently that was interesting or challenging?

The most challenging aspect of my job is the short turnaround time we have for some of the orders for our clients—the tours especially. Many things can “go wrong” when it comes to procuring the exact right substrates that our clients are requesting, such as material availability, damages to the fabrics we receive, delays in shipping, size inaccuracies, etc. Thankfully, we have an amazing team here that will do everything they can to find a way to work through any issues that might come up in order to be able to get our clients the beautiful custom theatrical stage draperies that they are requesting — how they want them, and on time.

Anything more about your time here at SW?

There is a strong feeling of having a second family here at Sew What, Inc., which is just so nice to experience every day!