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26 11, 2018

White Voile LED Drapes Add Elegance To Gala Event Design

By |November 26th, 2018|Products, Projects|1 Comment

Sometimes helping set the stage at one of our clients’ special occasions becomes a matter of not just décor and cosmetics, but can also help provide a picturesque setting for them to be able to produce a very important event, too. This happened recently, when we were thrilled to be able to work again with Reid Santabarbara from Reid Santabarbara Design. He wanted to arrange for a refined, yet memorable, backdrop for one of these important events—The 35th Annual Seattle University Gala, which every year helps to raise scholarship money for bright and motivated students in financial need.

Looking to have something that would help illuminate the stage for speakers, video presentations, and award ceremonies alike, Reid wanted some stunning rental stage drapery that would be flexible enough to work well with each element of the event. He and his event producer JT Sapp from Pike Street Productions decided to use some gorgeous and stylish White Voile LED drapes from our Delightably White Rental Collection as a striking background for the event–and their design turned out truly magnificent indeed! These sheer, pre-pleated IFR stage drapes have strings of beautiful, warm-toned (static) LED lights sewn right into them, which helped give their gala’s overall look a completely charming, elegant feel.

Showcase them in their lovely natural state (with the room lights on or off), or try splashing some colorful theatrical lighting onto them to really dazzle your audience. Lightweight to ship and hang, these low-tech “plug and play” drapes are an easy way to add some enchantment to any special event you might have—especially around the quickly approaching holidays! Contact one of our sales reps so that we can help you find the most exquisite drapery options from all of our Rental Drapery Collections for all of your upcoming special occasions, too.

21 11, 2018

Ultra Violet Backdrop for TOTO

By |November 21st, 2018|Products, Projects|1 Comment

Sew What? Inc. was recently given the opportunity to create a backdrop for TOTO. The artwork for this backdrop was initially delivered as a “square piece of art”. This is often typical for art that has been designed for an album or CD cover. In order to achieve a landscape style backdrop piece, it was necessary to have the artwork extended to add graphic elements to both the sides and the bottom of the scene. For this we worked directly with John Rios of John Rios Designs who is a skilled entertainment industry graphic artist and backdrop designer. In this case he used the style and theme of the client’s original artwork design and added details in the style of the original art so that it would fit the landscape shape we needed. The art was carefully formatted and saved so that the output would be at the greatest dpi resolution.

The new art file was then zipped and delivered to us at Sew What? Inc where we printed the file on our wide format vutek printer in house. The piece was printed onto our heavy cotton canvas substrate, and there are many hours of printing involved in a backdrop of this size. Once printed onto 10-foot-wide panels of cloth, the drop was vertically seamed by our sewing staff. The graphic was carefully lined up so that the detailed pattern was beautifully and invisibly matched when sewn into its finished size of 30’h x 40’w. Webbing reinforcements, hems and pockets were added to make the backdrop installation ready.

Once sewn the drape was then applied to a paint frame, where our skilled scenic artist took time to hand paint Ultra Violet effects carefully onto the key areas of the graphic.  This is a slow process and requires great care. The painting must be constantly checked under black light to make sure the UV effects are producing the desired effect.  More than just highlights, it was important that the drop had one look when under traditional stage lighting (to look and feel like the album art), and then take on its own complete UV look when the Ultra Violet lights are applied to it on stage (another worldly glow! Astronomical!).

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!

23 10, 2018

Vibrant Colors Completely Brighten Up Sewing Room

By |October 23rd, 2018|Products, Projects|1 Comment

I love having a window that leads directly into our warehouse QC Area, as I never know what I’m going to spot the hard-working SW? crew diligently constructing out there for our wonderful clients’ upcoming events. Looking out there, it’s never the same view two days in a row! These past few days I kept noticing the most spectacularly gorgeous colors flashing in my peripheral vision and couldn’t contain my curiosity anymore—so I had to go investigate for myself what I was seeing.

It seems as it one of our clients was having us build for them numerous panels of breathtaking Poly Charmeuse Drapery for an upcoming special event they were having here in Southern California. This fabric is an extremely festive and popular substrate for special events especially, in that it has a lustrous, reflective finish, is super lightweight to hang, and is topically treated for Flame Retardancy so it’s well tested by fire marshals across the country.

In absolutely vivid, striking shades of purple, pink, and orange, our warehouse sewing department looked even more vibrant than it normally does. Watching our amazing team work on this job all the way from cutting, to sewing, to inspecting, and to packaging for shipping was a truly impressive sight to behold.

We love helping to provide our super-creative clientele with fabulous custom stage drapes for all of their special events, concert tours, stage productions, church services, trade shows, and everything in between. Contact one of our sales reps today so that we can help you to also construct the most breathtaking design imaginable—either with custom built curtains, rental stage drapes, or a combination of both!

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.

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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!