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30 04, 2019

Aluminum Metal Mesh Drapes Help Build Dynamic Rock Tour Stage Design

By |April 30th, 2019|Clients, Products, Projects|1 Comment

Our clients have quickly come to realize that Aluminum Metal Mesh drapes are a fantastic option for ALL kinds of stage designs, and that they add “electricity” to numerous types of occasions—and not JUST at rock concerts and tours anymore (but they are absolutely perfect suited for those, too).  Events ranging widely–from Barbershop Harmony and Christmas orchestral concerts, to school productions, corporate events, and video shoots–these striking theatrical curtains have something that will completely dazzle everyone who lays eyes on them.

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We were thrilled to work with gifted Tour Manager Eric Frankhouser and his amazing team of stage designers and producers for the Eels Tour last summer. He was looking for a material that would give a little edginess to the overall stage design, while still adhering to this ultra-cool American rock band’s overall eclectic vibe. They needed it to be easy to tour with, easy to hang, and—most importantly–easy to spectacularly light up. It was a no-brainer—they decided to use some Metal Mesh rental panels from our Industrial Textures Specialty Drapery Collection.

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This wonderfully textured substrate makes it easier to create distinctive looks throughout the same event, all while using the exact same drapery. Various colored theatrical lighting and gobo effects added incredible diversity, drama, and excitement to each individual look of the show. And the crunchy, wrinkled texture of these drapes make them ideal for touring, too—as you can literally just hang them up right out of the hamper, and they’re good to go!  

Eels, o2 Academy, Glasgow, 4th July 2018

The tour was ecstatic with the way that these drapes worked seamlessly with their shows’ indie-pop-alternative-pop-rock atmosphere. Their lighting team did a flawless job with interweaving various lighting schemes for every song, giving them each their own unique look and feel. You can view more gorgeous photos taken by some supremely talented photographers while out on tour, and see how the band’s brilliant design team was able to create a truly memorable background for this extraordinary group of musicians.  If you are able to check out this band in person, you really should–they are currently out on another international tour and it is definitely not one to miss. Feel free to contact one of our helpful sales reps to see if our selection of Metal Mesh rental drapes fit your upcoming event’s staging needs. If not, then we can also custom build you a Metal Mesh drape to work effortlessly with your next production’s exclusive size and style.

Eels - O2 Academy Brixton, London - 2nd July 2018

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!

15 01, 2019

Digitally Printed Applique Makes School Emblem Really POP

By |January 15th, 2019|Products, Projects|1 Comment

Having a digitally-printed backdrop is a fantastic way for you to get the name, branding, image, graphics, or anything else seen by your audience in a very memorable, effective manner. We are always excited and eager to work with our clients within their budgets and design aesthetic, to help create for them the most amazing theatrical curtains imaginable. Sometimes it makes more sense budget-wise and design-wise to not necessarily digitally print the entire drape if it’s going to consist mostly of an image/verbiage placed on a completely solid-colored background.

Therefore, we have perfected a technique for our sewing team to digitally print the graphic desired, and independently applique it directly onto a durable substrate to create the look that our clients are envisioning for their custom drapes. Recently this exact circumstance came up when our sales rep extraordinaire Marilyn Moss was working with her tireless and attentive client, teacher Pete Beck with Wyomissing High School. This nationally recognized high school near Redding, PA wanted us to build them a beautiful new custom stage drape with their school’s crest emblazoned on it. 

To have this beautiful design really “pop”, and to also reduce the overall cost for the finished product, we digitally printed the district’s emblem on Heavy Knit and then flawlessly hand-sewed it directly onto durable 22oz. Encore Velour. Not only did this help lower the price quite a bit, but it also gave this curtain a more “theatrical drape vibe” using the softer velour backdrop fabric instead of being entirely made from a digital print substrate. Plus, the colorful digitally printed graphic really stood out wonderfully against this rich, velvety all-black background, too. They could not have been more pleased with the outcome, and from these photos you can certainly see why! Let Marilyn and our team of drapery experts assist you with all of your upcoming theatrical drapery needs, too—rental or purchase—by providing you with absolutely striking results and still staying within your budget.

8 01, 2019

Vibrant Drapery Helps With Color-Specific Branding Scheme

By |January 8th, 2019|Products, Projects|1 Comment

Color—it can truly help you create a completely one-of-a-kind design, and is a considerable aspect of “branding” yourself for your audiences to recognize far beyond even your name, image, or graphics might be able to do. Our artistic and savvy clients know this, which is why we try to offer them colored rental drapery whenever possible, in order for them to really “hit home” their event’s overall focus.

Recently we were thrilled to be able to work again with the dynamic event producers Michael and Deb Roccoforte with FORTE, by helping supply them with some of our striking rental pipe pocket drapery that they needed for a genuinely important event for their own client, Wabash College. Taking place at the renowned Indiana State Museum, they knew that the school’s bright and identifying color scheme is highlighted by a brilliant rich shade of red. Therefore they wanted to have a likely-colored background for all of their own digital banners and cubes decorating the event space, to better tie everything together into one eye-catching theme.

Choosing from the various colors of rental pipe pocket drapery that we offer to use with their own existing pb hardware, they decided on renting some of our gorgeous Atomic Red Super-Vel pipe pocket curtains that wove in beautifully with the school’s distinctive color motif. This 8oz. fabric is quickly becoming a fabulous and economical alternative to heavier velour fabrics with a very similar look and feel. These curtains are also ideal for travel, as this type of inherently flame retardant, lightweight fabric is durable, wrinkle resistant, and road-tough.

We were so incredibly pleased to see what an outstanding job they did for this event’s memorable design, and were also absolutely delighted with what a perfect background these drapes made for the school’s marketing pieces. Check out our website to see the numerous colors and sizes of pipe pocket drapery that we offer in our rental collection. And we would love for you to contact one of our helpful sales reps today to see if we can provide you with rental or custom pipe pocket drapery for your next big upcoming special event, too.

2 01, 2019

Custom Traveler Drapes and Track Beautify New Venue

By |January 2nd, 2019|Products, Projects|1 Comment

This past fall we recently had the distinct pleasure of working with Winnie Hsia, the founder, teacher, and performer of Sky Candy—an incredibly amazing aerial and circus arts school in Austin, Texas. Sky Candy is Austin’s premier circus training center for students of all ages, body types, and fitness levels. You’ll find fun and engaging classes, knowledgeable instructors, and a warm, welcoming community to support you on your journey. Because of their increasing popularity, they had just moved into a new facility with absolutely lovely high beam ceilings and plenty of spacious room for all of their trapezes, ropes, and other aerial constructions. They knew that they were in for some unique challenges with this new venue though, as one of their main walls was made up of a large glass doorway and separate window that they would need to be able to“mask off” during exhibitions and performances. However, those gorgeous ceilings were angled and covered in beams, which made it somewhat difficult to do a typical installation of the custom-built traveler drapes and traveler track system that they sought.

Once their team of architects and builders figured out how to safely and securely hang the schedule 40 pipe to suspend the traveler track from (and also be offset from the wall so that it could also hide all of the pinrails and other mechanics along that wall), they worked closely with our sales rep Marilyn Moss on ordering the exact kind of traveler track system that would work specifically for this new location. And as well, they were able to also order the precise size, style, and colored drapery they envisioned having as their room’s main “background” for all of their practices, performances, and everything in between.

First they discussed the kind of drapery that would work well in that type of set-up—Winnie wanted opaque soft goods that would block out all of the bright light streaming in from the glass along that wall. She also required something fairly lightweight that would retract easily on a traveler system, but still look really lovely and velvety when fully closed. And very importantly, she requested a type and color of fabric that would reflect lighting beautifully.

With Marilyn’s guidance, they chose a very striking fabric of 13oz. IFR Pewter Grey Apollo Velour—a substrate with a “pile nap” that is a splendid choice when looking for a stunning, opaque fabric. It is also ideal for high humidity environments as it will not shrink or lose its flame retardancy after it gets moist or has to be washed. To make extra certain that the light from outside would be completely masked, she ended up lining these pre-pleated grand bi-parting curtains with white/white blackout lining. Lightweight, attractive,and completely opaque, these drapes were spot-on with what Winnie and her design team were hoping for.

Next they decided on our ADC 1700 Series Besteel (walk-along) Traveler Track. Made of 14 gauge galvanized steel, this medium-duty track is an economical, sturdy, and dependable option for smaller-scale theaters and school auditoriums especially.  This brand of pipe-hung,straight-track configuration was the ideal type of traveler system to work impeccably with our custom-built lined Apollo Velour drapery. The hidden sewn snaps on the top of the curtains connected flawlessly with the traveler’s carriers, allowing for a smooth and easy opening and shutting of these drapes whenever they desired.

The end result turned out absolutely perfect! Being able to effortlessly open and close these magnificent drapes at the simple pull of a drape end is exactly what they were envisioning, and they couldn’t have been happier. We were thrilled to be a part of such an important project, and were beyond pleased with how wonderful it all turned out for them in this new space. Contact one of our amazing representatives—like Marilyn—so that we can help you figure out the most exquisite drapery package for your own unique stage, venue, or event design too!