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8 04, 2019

Colorful Digitally Printed Drapes Perfectly Compliment Tour’s Upbeat Atmosphere

By |April 8th, 2019|Clients, Digital Printing, Projects|0 Comments

We love when we get to help our clients create create a one-of-a-kind experience for the adoring fans of their band or artist, by building them custom-made theatrical drapes–which can then be enjoyed throughout the entire duration of their tour or production. A splash of vibrant color is often a very effective way to really grab the audience’s attention, and custom digitally-printed drapes and stage skirts are a fantastic method of adding an array of exciting colors to your own unique stage or event design.

Jason Mraz- Good Vibes Tour at Edgefield

This past summer our Senior Sales Representative Shane Nelsen was delighted to work again with the incomparable Production Manager Ettore Dedivitiis (“E.T.”) this past summer on Jason Mraz’s international “Good Vibes Tour” (which, due to its wild popularity, is still going strong and slated to continue through at least until this fall). ET wanted a versatile stage backdrop and a few complimentary, matching riser skirts for these lively, high-energy shows. He would need these drapes to work well on stages that were both large and small, and in venues that might be indoors or outdoors

Jason Mraz- Good Vibes Tour at Edgefield

With spot-on advice from Shane, ET decided to have us custom-build the tour some beautiful stage curtains out of our digitally-printed IFR Vinyl Mesh. This 25% blow-through (“wind transmission”) substrate is the perfect option when you are looking for a polyester coated material that will offer excellent color accuracy and high quality durability, and yet still be weather resistant. Tours love this direct-print digital substrate because it is lightweight, has low wind flow resistance, and yet still offers crisp image details and a truly brilliant color display. As you can see, these drapes were the perfect background for these cheerful, upbeat performers at both indoor concert halls and outdoor arenas.

Jason Mraz- Good Vibes Tour at Edgefield

Check out our new Flickr Gallery to see a collection of exceptional photos of these distinctive and vivacious digitally printed stage drapes, taken by a couple very talented photographers across the country. We strive to provide our clients with memorable stage curtains for all of their special stage designs, and were thrilled with how eye-catching these drapes turned out. Contact a sales rep today and let us help you create a completely original look for your design, too. We highly recommend that you try and catch Jason Mraz’s Good Vibes Tour live in person this summer, too—it’s a fantastic, exhilarating show filled with Jason’s honeyed voice and an incredibly talented band of musicians and back-up singers. It’s an unforgettable, feel-good show that the entire family will enjoy!

Jason Mraz- Good Vibes Tour at Edgefield

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.

12 12, 2018

Meet The SW and RW Staff, Part 26–Danny

By |December 12th, 2018|Company, Rent What Team, Sew What Team|1 Comment

Next in our “Meet The SW?/RW? Staff” Blog Series, I want to introduce you to one of the most artistic and proficient employees here at the company—Danny Garcia, the hard-working and remarkable coordinator for our Printing Department. Often working long weekday hours and on nights and weekends, he goes above and beyond to get the printing job done right for our clients, and on-time. Not to mention how exceptionally helpful he is with all of our warehouse departments, and that he is just an all-around nice guy, too. We are so fortunate to have him on our team, and would love for you to take a minute to read a little bit more about this indispensable member of the Whatter’s Family.

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 was hired in October of 2015 as the printed operator, working with the graphics coordinator they currently had on staff. But by 2016, I was moved up to become the Printing Department Coordinator for SW. Basically, I organize and assist with client-provided graphics and artwork and file preparation, color correcting, and the actual digital printing of the soft goods. Then I work with the QC and Inspection Dept. to make sure that all of the printing outcomes are what the sales rep, and the client, had requested.

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

It would have to be Paris, France— the art and photographic history there completely fascinates me, and I would really love to explore the museums and monuments in person someday. (Not to mention the amazing food!)

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

I have a background working in one of the relics we don’t see much anymore—a photo lab (with actual dark rooms). However, I have been working as a printer operator/technician for over 17 years, and really seem to have found my wheelhouse! Just previously to working here at SW, I was a printer operator for a company in Glendale that did a great deal of marketing for the Hollywood industry—movies, TV Shows, up-and-coming bands, etc. We also did general types of digital printing, including banners, retail, signs for car lots, etc.

Do you have a special talent?

With my history of working with photographers and photographs, I’ve found that I have a good eye for details— especially with Pantone color matching. It’s a great skill to have with this field in particular!

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

I have really enjoyed all the ways that the company promotes social gatherings with one another, and the many special occasions that we like to celebrate together, too. Activities like having a Taco Truck and Ice Cream Truck come by to treat everyone with delicious food over the summer, and the yearly company car wash was also a really surprising and wonderful added bonus for the staff that I had never seen before working here.

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

I am a self-proclaimed LA-based sports NUT—I really love watching Dodgers, Angels, Rams, Chargers, Ducks, Galaxy—you name it. If it’s an LA sports team playing, I’m probably watching! Am thrilled that there are so many incredibly teams right here in my hometown. I especially enjoy going to games in person whenever possible.

What are some of your hobbies?

I am a huge fan of all kinds of music—from Jazz to Rock to Country, and everything in between. There’s nothing better than sitting at home relaxing, listening to some great music on a lazy afternoon.

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

Last year we worked on a complex series of digitally printed backdrops and multi-media drapes for Yusuf Islam’s tour that were totally different than anything I had previously worked on before. There were various different pieces of digitally printed drapes (printed on both Crystal Poplin and Heavy Knit), that were then intricately cut and sewn into elaborate shapes and structures based on the client’s provided graphics. By combining in blackout lining and Sharkstooth Scrim (to help provide for some extremely cool lighting effects), these mixed media pieces were some of the most elaborate custom drapery I have ever worked on. Sewing and printing had to be absolutely on point for this genuinely unique design. As a team, we were enormously proud of how truly fantastic they turned out.

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Anything more about your time here at SW?

I really appreciate how “family-oriented” the team here at SW is….everyone is so much more than just an employee. We all care about each other’s welfare and morale, far beyond that of just being “co-workers”. It’s been such an eye-opening experience working for a company like this, and I absolutely love the family-vibe!

11 12, 2018

The Biggest Storms Can Also Eventually Lead To The Most Beautiful Rainbows

By |December 11th, 2018|Company|1 Comment

Sometimes a little rain must fall…. Or in the case of this past 7 days in Southern California, a LOT of rain must fall. But taking the bad with the good (and vice versa) is how we all manage to keep our heads above water, pardon the pun. We here at SW? were very lucky because our area was not affected by mud or debris slides, unlike many of our unfortunate neighbors here in the Southland. Adding a little inconvenience to our daily commutes through the crazy LA freeways (and trying to keep ourselves and our pets dry and safe indoors as much as possible) was a small price to pay for the rewards that this rain system brings to a very drought-ridden ecosystem. Not to mention enjoying the lovely rainbows that these storms also often bring…

The same is can be said for much of the “chaos” that often surrounds the planning of productions, trade shows, and concert tours—sometimes you simply must take the bad with the good. This is especially the case when it comes to the unpredictable “stormy” weather that can occur when it comes to planning live events (scheduling conflicts, changes of venue, cancellation/addition of performances, complete overhaul of stage design, etc.). You just need to trust that in the end your audience is going to love the show you produce, and that all of your hard work will be worth the extra care, labor, and effort that you and your team put forth. And that when it’s all said and done you will ultimately have an absolute “rainbow” of a great show!

Let RW/SW help YOU create a “rainbow experience” for you and your audience, by helping take some of the stress out of your design process by providing you the highest quality, stunningly beautiful theatrical stage drapes and soft goods for your upcoming special events and concerts that you could ever imagine. Choose from our extensive variety of gorgeous rental stage curtains, or we can also build you custom drapes out of your own unique vision. Either way, give us a call so that we can help you “weather” the storms of designing your stage, so that everything will come out “rainbows” for your special event, too.