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3 04, 2018

Inspiration Is Truly In The Eye Of The Beholder

By |April 3rd, 2018|Clients, Company, Education, links, News, Products, Projects|1 Comment

Inspiration — it helps motivate us to be our best, do our best, act our best, and put forth the very best that we each have to offer the world. The definition of inspiration is “the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something; particularly to do something creative.” But what inspires you may not inspire the next individual…. It is probably one of the most subjective concepts you can think of, and yet–in this industry especially—it is definitely one of the most important, too.

This is why we here at Sew What?/Rent What? Inc. offer a variety of ways to help spark our clients’ imaginations. Some stage and event designers like to look at photos of theatrical draperies out in “real world” situations, which is why we have some fabulous examples of our drapes in a ton of Flickr photo albums and galleries to meet their every drapery desire. They can also explore our company Pinterest and Instagram pages to see some great examples of event and stage designs, and learn about some ingenious ways for us to help them create a similar look for their own special events.

Others may do better by seeing video of the drapes and designs moving across their screen, as it helps them better imagine how the drapery and stage embellishments might look for their own creative projects. Therefore we offer a variety of different videos showcasing our rental and custom curtains on our very own YouTube channel.

Some may prefer to see simple swatches of fabric or written data on their computer screen, and let their imagination run wild with that information. If so, they can check out our e-swatches and white papers on our website (and read this blog, of course) to gain valuable information and insight as to what type of fabric, cut, style, and substrate might work best to create the right look at their own unique event, venue, or production.

And sometimes it’s as simple as being a little “social” and going to one of our many social media sites like Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+. These sites are a fantastic way to easily gather information about some of our recent projects, converse with employees and other clients regarding ideas for original stage designs, and read helpful advice, suggestions, and ideas on how to they can better work within their budget, actual space dimensions, or possible time limitations. We are here in a myriad of ways for our clients—just let us know how we can better help to inspire YOU, too!

20 06, 2017

Church Electrifies Crowd With Exciting Kabuki Drop

By |June 20th, 2017|Products, Projects|1 Comment

Some of the biggest, most exciting stage productions taking place on stages right now are at churches all over the country. No longer are the days where parishioners sit quietly with their hands folded, listening to a pious person at the pulpit lecturing them on “all of their sins from the past week.” Nowadays these grand churches have larger than life shows, productions, and concerts that seek to truly excite their audiences, and fully inspire them to lead their best lives possible. And they are now showcasing some of the most dynamic stage designs, audio visual effects, and live musical performances ever experienced.


We love being a part of these special events, and providing our customers with soft goods and theatrical stage supplies to help them create the most exhilarating shows imaginable. Recently we got to work with owner Mark Mealy and the creative folks at LightSound Productions. For over 30 years, they have been designing and providing audio, video, and lighting production and installation services at special events for churches, schools, graduation ceremonies, concerts, and everything in between. For this special occasion, they wanted something really dramatic to showcase a “reveal” at a local church’s Sunday services, and decided to use one of our dependable rental Kabuki Solenoid drapery release systems to truly surprise their audience. Starting with one of our rental 23’h x 40’w White Poly Muslin backdrop to project their video onto, they then used our 10 head Kabu-Key Solenoid kit to drop the drape cleanly and evenly to the floor at the perfect moment, revealing the band that had been eagerly waiting to come out and dazzle their audience.

Easy to install, quick to ship, and affordable to be used at ANY special event, our rental Kabuki Solenoid Kits are a surefire way to make a memorable experience for your audiences, as you can see in the video clip below. LightSound did an exceptional job with this special church event, and we couldn’t have been happier to have been a part of it! Let our team of drapery experts help you design an incredible stage design at your next big special event or production, too.

15 05, 2017

Double Kabuki System Dazzles Excited Basketball Fans

By |May 15th, 2017|Products, Projects|1 Comment

Nothing elicits quite the dramatic impact as building up an exciting reveal at a special event, trade show, or concert. Even more electrifying is when it is a Double Kabuki Drop…With the press of a button, the drape first drops from the truss so that it is now hanging down, thereby “masking” whatever secrets are hiding right behind it. Next, when the time is perfectly right, the drape falls to the floor with another press of a button, revealing the mystery that has been waiting right behind–to amaze and delight everyone watching.

No one knows this more than the innovative team of creative production designers at Vincent Lighting Systems (VLS). Lead by Production Manager Derek Hons, VLS has dazzled their audiences for many years with their inventive event designs and one-of-a-kind set configurations. But they have also truly mastered the “art” of the successful kabuki drop by using our rental Solenoid Kabuki Kits for all kinds of special events.

Recently, VLS has been working with the Kent State University Communications and Marketing department by orchestrating some pretty sensational presentations at their men’s basketball home games, which really helped to whip up their fans into an actual frenzy! Utilizing our rental Double Drop Kabuki System, with two of our perfectly suited rental 30’h x 60’w White Poly Muslin backdrops, they were able to design an incredibly provocative “cube” of projected video, lights, and music. They also worked with the brilliant technicians at NPi Audio Visual Solutions to create a truly unique AV program that completely captivated their audience. This was then all displayed on the basketball court much to the delight of the team’s very enthusiastic fans.

As you can see by this phenomenal video, the end result turned out to be absolutely spectacular! Let our team of drapery specialists help you with the ideal rental soft goods and theatrical supplies to design your own unique special event, too.

2 05, 2017

A Dramatic Unveiling

By |May 2nd, 2017|News, Projects|1 Comment

Recently, we were excited to work with Robert Larmore with Los Angeles event management company, Jive Live Entertainment, as part of an historic event at legendary baseball park Dodger Stadium. A bronze statue of history-making Dodger Jackie Robinson was to be unveiled at the stadium on Jackie Robinson Day 2017, and Jive Live had been tasked with the unveiling event.

Working with Sew What? / Rent What? Senior Account Manager & Creative Director Shane Nelsen, Robert explained the concept for the reveal of this historic statue (the first at Dodger Stadium). In order to hide the statue until the moment of unveiling, Robert needed a huge custom kabuki drape – 16’ high and over 100’ wide – in a color as close as possible to “Dodger Blue.”

Shane suggested Cobalt Poly Muslin. Poly Muslin is lightweight enough to work well as a kabuki drape but also opaque enough to prevent the statue from being seen before the reveal, and the Cobalt color is quite similar to “Dodger Blue.” Robert agreed, and we began manufacturing this custom kabuki drape.

To perform the kabuki drop reveal, Robert also needed a kabuki solenoid system. To accommodate such a wide kabuki drape, Shane suggested a 25-head kit of our Kabu-Key System of rental solenoids as the perfect solution. Along with the Kabu-Key heads, the kit also included all required cables, power supply, and remote to ensure that the kabuki action would happen perfectly.

With Jive Live utilizing a rectangular truss system, from which the Kabu-Key Solenoids and Poly Muslin Kabuki Drape were hung, the Jackie Robinson statue was completely concealed from the view of ceremony attendees that included Robinson’s widow Rachel, son David and daughter Sharon, Hall of Fame announcer Vin Scully, current and former Dodger staff and players, other dignitaries, and, of course, the press.

When the time came, a simple push of a button allowed the drape to swiftly drop to the ground, revealing the awe-inspiring statue.

Pretty impressive, don’t you think? What an honor it was for us to be able to be a part of this amazing event honoring such an inspiring man.

1 05, 2017

What is a Kabuki?

By |May 1st, 2017|Education, Products|1 Comment

Here are a few excerpts from a wonderful white paper that we have on our website discussing “The Ins and Outs (and ups and downs) of the Kabuki”. If you have ever wondered about this simple yet highly dramatic effect then you will love the full article.

Picture this. You are at a concert. The opening act has just finished playing, and the crew has removed all of the band’s instruments and equipment, leaving only the drape that the band played in front of. The music starts, signaling that the main act is about to appear. Suddenly, the headlining band appears on stage, as if from nowhere. What just happened? Another piece of stage magic, called the Kabuki.

A Single Kabuki allows a single release – the drape is hanging, the solenoids are released, and the kabuki drops to the ground.

Solenoid-based kabukis are a dramatic way to showcase a backdrop or drape. Our solenoid system is remarkably easy to install. Simply clamp our drape ready solenoid heads to the truss or pipe, and connect with the supplied cables. You can position the “go” button anywhere on stage to deploy the drape drop on cue! Here is an image of what the solenoid heads look like – they are compact and easy to install.

Performance that Rocks! You’ll be impressed by the look of our rental kabuki drapes! Here is a video medley showing kabuki drops in use for a variety of stage projects.

Check out our online Portfolio of Past Drapery Projects. You can also see what exciting events and concerts are currently showcasing Rent What? rental draperies by visiting our Press Room.