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29 10, 2018

Meet the Staff–UPDATES! Andrea Garcia

By |October 29th, 2018|Company, Rent What Team, Sew What Team|1 Comment

Next in our Meet The Staff—UPDATES! Blog series is one of the most earnest, hardest working employees that this company has ever had, Andrea Garcia (formerly Andrea Fraser). She has worn numerous hats here at SW?, and we are so pleased to have had her recently “change hats” yet again into a role that she seemed truly destined for. Please take a moment and read a little bit about this extraordinary member of the Whatter’s family, Andrea!

What were you originally hired to do, and how have your duties/job descriptions changed since working here?

I was originally hired back in July of 2015 as a receptionist. As time went on my duties grew and I dabbled a little in purchasing and accounting, but where I really found a passion was for sales. I was given a very generous opportunity to join the sales staff in July of 2018…. and I have to be honest, I couldn’t be happier! I’m thoroughly enjoying this new position and couldn’t be more grateful for this opportunity to grow within this company and learn from everyone here.

What are some favorite memories/circumstances/events from being part of the Sew What? family?

I sincerely enjoy any function that we have here at Sew What?, Inc that involves getting the entire staff together to have a good time (and of course the delicious treats that often accompany such a gathering). 😉

My favorite recent memory is when we held a “White Elephant Gift Exchange” for Christmas last year. The silly presents everyone brought were often hysterical and cheeky, and it was just so much fun watching everyone practically “become kids again” for the holidays.

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

As a new member of the sales team I am learning a lot every single day. It’s been quite the adventure so far!

All of the office staff was recently given the incredible opportunity to work hands on with the warehouse staff. We were able to assist with measuring and cutting fabric, pinning drapery, and even QC-ing (in quality control) the drapes before they left our building. Undeniably, it was a crucial learning experience for all of us—especially for me as a beginner in this industry, but also for all of my considerably-experienced colleagues as well. Getting completely hands on with custom projects from start to finish was an invaluable and essential way for me to be able to better help and answer questions for my customers on a daily basis, and it was a fantastic experience getting to work with our tremendously talented warehouse staff, too!

22 10, 2018

Shinedown Continues To “Shine” On World Tour With More Digitally Printed Drapes

By |October 22nd, 2018|Products, Projects|1 Comment

I recently wrote up a blog post showcasing a really cool digitally printed main stage drape for the always exciting and totally gripping American rock group, Shinedown. Having a simple, yet memorable, concert tour backdrop has been working out great for them on their current international tour (and even greater for their die-hard fan’s fantastic photo-ops!).

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Being able to have “signature” set pieces on stage with them—no matter how large or small the venues might be—was very important to their stage designers. This way they would be sure that the band’s inimitable branding was easily visible for audiences both near and farther from the stage. They are always making sure that all of their fans to have the most engaging experiences at each and every one of their shows!

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In light of that, they then also had SW make a few smaller custom-built digitally printed “banners” for this tour, that could be used both as either stationary set pieces or with a kabuki system in order to create a special “reveal” throughout different sections of their shows. These three different types of images printed onto 20’h x 10’ banners worked wonderfully as truly dynamic stage sets. Printed on rugged, tour-friendly FR Heavy Knit, the graphics on these drapes have a uniquely edgy look about them. And adding dramatic lighting, pyrotechnic effects, and other electrifying design embellishments all helped to complement the absolutely striking overall motif for this tour stage.

#Repost @tat2troublemaker13: @zmyersofficial @bkerchofficial @shinedown #shinedown #littlerock

You can check out a great assortment of photos of these exceptionally distinctive drapes in our new Flickr Gallery, taken by some extremely amazing photographers just this past summer. And better yet, see them in person at a live show while this incredible band is still out on tour through next March. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us and speak with a dedicated sales rep today, as we would love to also provide you with a custom digital printed drape, backdrop, or banner for your upcoming tour, exclusive event, trade show, production, or any other occasion in which you want to add a one-of-a-kind touch. Surprisingly affordable, remarkably easy to hang, and undeniably unforgettable—our custom digital prints are a surefire way to completely dazzle your audience!

9 10, 2018

Legendary Musician Rocks Out In Front Of Custom Backdrop

By |October 9th, 2018|Products, Projects|2 Comments

Sometimes the simplest of stage design concepts can have the biggest impact on the overall feel of a special event or concert. Using a custom-built digitally printed backdrop, banner, or step-and-repeat is the perfect way to have a huge influence on the audience’s excitement over the production, and a great way to create awesome memories for the spectators enjoying the show. This past summer we were thrilled to work with the creative and innovative design team for the renowned singer, songwriter, and guitarist, Johnny Marr (one of the original beloved member of The Smiths). He has an impressive national and international tour going through at least the end of the year, and they wanted to add a little splash of something fun to hang behind him on stage.

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They wanted a backdrop that would be edgy and engaging, but not so much so that it would distract from Mr. Marr singing and performing with his band. It would have to be easy to hang up right out of the bag, and yet be versatile enough to still stand out on stages and venues of all sizes, and for both daytime and nighttime shows. But they also wanted a drape that their team could light up with colorful lighting effects and would add a dash of drama to delight his adoring fans hanging on every note. They decided on a completely unique image (provided by them) that we were able to print directly onto FR Crystal Poplin. This substrate’s tight weave allowed for a sharp, crisp image, and an almost “shiney” appearance which worked out great for this one-of-a-kind graphic.

Visit out our new Flickr Gallery to see some more incredible photos by a couple of wonderful photographers of this backdrop being used during a few of his recent performances. Please contact us so that we can also help you create the most perfect, distinctive custom backdrop for your upcoming special event, tour, production, competition, or convention. And if you have the opportunity to check out the truly gifted artist Johnny Marr on his current tour, we highly suggest that you do!

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!

13 09, 2018

Velvety Red Drapes Helped Set The Stage At Summer Church Event

By |September 13th, 2018|Products, Projects|1 Comment

Our rental drapery is not just suitable for large scale productions or long-term rock tours…. They are being utilized for numerous special events for our amazing clients, of all kinds and sizes. It always amazes us what a huge impact just simply adding a few striking rental theatrical stage drapes can have on the success of an event’s overall motif. This past June, we were excited to work with Derek Davis at Westside Family Church in Lenexa, Kansas on one of these types of really fun happenings at their church. They were looking to fashion an authentic movie theater “look and feel” in one of their huge auditoriums for a month-long series of movies and videos that they would be offering their congregation several weeks this summer.

Derek knew that building a simple, yet dramatic, proscenium for their “At The Movies” summer event would add a really distinctive touch to the overall movie motif they were trying to create for their eager and excited audiences. Using some of our velvety rental Red IFR Super-vel Pre-Pleated Drapery legs and a perfectly matching Pre-Pleated Red IFR Super-vel border, they were able to accomplish this design beautifully. Our Rockin’ Red Drapery Collection has a huge assortment of rental drapes to choose from, for every time of production, concert, graduation ceremony, convention, tour, and special event you can think of! Made up of Austrians, Venetians, Backdrops, Pleated Legs, Bi-Parting Grand Stage Drapes, Pipe Pocket Drapery, and Swags galore, this extremely unique assemblage of rental drapes can help turn your event into a true success! Contact one of our sales reps today to discuss all of the wonderful rental drapery options you have to choose from with the gorgeous rental theatrical stage drapes in our Specialty Drapery Collections.