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10 03, 2020

Looking for Inspiration? Check Out our Portfolios

By |March 10th, 2020|News, Products, Projects|0 Comments

If you haven’t checked out our portfolios on our website recently, I wanted to give you a little taste of what you will find in each of the portfolios. Here are just a few projects to inspire you – visit out Portfolios page to see many other featured projects that we are proud to have worked on.

ROCK AND ROLL PORTFOLIO

America – the home of legendary rock bands and so many of today’s pop stars. Madonna, Britney Spears, Don Henley, Sting; we have draped and masked stages for the best of them. While we tend to remember a concert in terms of the “set” and the “lighting and effects,” the draperies play an often invisible but integral role in how the show comes together. Giant painted stage backdrops set the scene, masking hides tech areas from the crowd, borders dress the floating trusses to hide the lighting instruments, and skirting surrounds the stage and band risers. Soft goods, as they are known to the “roadies,” are a major part of any touring set.

Project: Tenacious D
Fabric: Brillante

The design for Tenacious D focused on two elements, surface and shape. First, a fabric surface that would mimic a projection screen, and second, a precisely shaped projection proscenium to showcase carefully mapped out graphics. The designer, Dan Hadley, selected our 120 “Brillante,” which has a jet-black backside and a bright white semi-matte surface to take front projection. In order to keep all areas of the proscenium “seamless,” the design was developed so that no individual surface exceeded the 10-foot width of the cloth. The legs were sewn as separate pieces to the proscenium header, making the set three pieces for an easy install. As these photos demonstrate, the Tenacious D production team was able to create a variety of unique looks using the projection proscenium strategy.

DIGITAL PRINTING PORTFOLIO

If you can visualize it, we can print it.  As big or as wide as you want it.  Check out our show page of really impressive digitally printed backdrops and drapes for really impressive showbiz personalities such as Lady Gaga, Kenny Chesney and Brooks & Dunn.  And see what can be done to blow away the crowds at major public events and trade shows.  We can even combine digital printing with a whole host of special effects that will leave jaws on the floor. 

Project: Marc Anthony “Legacy Tour”
Fabric: Crystal Poplin

Sew What? Inc. created an extraordinary 46’h x 75’w digitally printed brail lift drape in just one week for Marc Anthony’s Legacy Tour. For this project, there were 16 vertical lift lines placed strategically on the back side of the drape. We craft these as near-invisible sewn vertical lines with O-rings running vertically to capture the aircraft cable that is used for lifting the drape. For durability and a gorgeous lighting surface, we chose to direct print onto our Crystal Poplin. In order to make sure that each printed segment is lined up perfectly, we used thousands of sewing pins to pre-pin by hand all the sections of cloth. This backdrop looked amazing on stage for the Legacy Tour!

THEATRE PORTFOLIO

Grand drape, tab curtain, austrian, theatrical backdrops, tabs, legs and borders…. These are all words that we associate with the stage and the wonderful world of theatre. Sew What? Inc specializes in theatrical drapery manufacturing, so your needs can all be filled with just one telephone call. Not only for professional theatres – don’t forget that schools, churches, universities and even cruise ships have stages!

Photo By George Davidson

Project: GRIDWORKS for Princess Cruises / Ruby Princess
Fabric: IFR 26oz Velour / Custom Dye

Once again we had the privilege of working with Gridworks, one of the premier providers servicing the audio/video needs of the cruise line industry. This project was for Princess Cruise’s Ruby Princess while in dry dock. Gridworks team of installation experts had visited the ship some months prior to dry dock, and were armed with the measurements for a fast changeover and successful replacement of the drapery elements in both the Princess Theatre and Explorers Lounge.  All elements were sewn from Inherently Flame Retardant velour. Aside from the obvious and most featured Austrian Drape there were over 20 other items dressing the stage – including several scrims, a leno, a muslin cyclorama and plenty of masking drapes, legs and borders.

SPECIAL EVENT PORTFOLIO

Grammy Awards, SAG Awards, Golden Globe Awards; you name them and we have draped them! Tents in tennis courts and 5 course dinners in stadiums – the special events industry is all about transformation. Watch while designers transform the ordinary special event into the extraordinary. Custom trade show displays rely on the many effects that drapery can provide. Our in-stock inventory of pipe and drape has been an instant solution for many special event planners with a sudden on-site masking issue. Designers and special event planners alike can benefit from our services and fast turnarounds.

Project: Indiana Conference for Women
Fabric: Silver Textura and Pewter Textura

For the Indiana Conference for Women, we used a mixture of drapes from our Silver Satin Rental Drapery Collection. This stage included a row of complementary 30’h Silver Satin, Silver Textura, and Pewter Textura drapery legs with 16’h-22’h Crushed Silver Satin Swags. These drapes covered the entire wall of the ballroom, giving the event a clean, timeless appearance. These curtains light up beautifully, reflecting the colorful light splashed onto them. By using this mix of our rental drapes, they were able to have their own unique vision become a stunning reality.

RENT WHAT? RENTAL PORTFOLIO

Our rental drapery team has performed for many of the biggest names in entertainment, so we know the realities of dressing up a major venue and dancing around all the surprises that can pop up at the last second. It’s not just about having the right products, but having the experience and service our customers will remember when it comes to booking each new tour.

Project: Jonathan Antoine
Fabric: Pewter Textura

For Jonathan Antoine’s first solo performance in the United States, his team was looking for stage curtains that would be easy to work with, light up beautifully, and give the stage a timeless look. Antoine’s team decided to use a variety of our Pewter Textura rental drapes from our Timeless and Traditional Rental Drapery Collection. The stage was set using a mixture of pre-pleated legs and swagettes in various sizes. These rental drapes, along with a creative lighting design, resulted in a stunning stage design that gave the show a modern, yet timeless look.

Pretty impressive, don’t you think? There is so much more on our Portfolios page, including links to more content on Flickr and YouTube. So, make sure to head over to our Portfolios page today, and feel free to contact us for help with your next project!

29 01, 2020

Dramatic Kabuki Reveal Completely Exhilarates Audience

By |January 29th, 2020|Products, Projects|1 Comment

Some of the biggest and most exciting productions taking place on stages right now are being designed and constructed by churches and their incredible production teams all over the country. Nowadays these grand churches have larger than life shows, productions, and concerts that seek to energize their audiences, and fully inspire them to lead their best lives possible. And more than ever, they showcase some of the greatest dynamic stage designs, audio visual effects, and live musical performances ever experienced.

One of the exceedingly popular—and sensational—special effects that our clients love to use time and time again for their special “reveals” are rental Rent What? Kabuki Solenoid Systems. Extremely simple to set up and execute, all you have to do is hang your soft goods from our truss-clamped solenoid heads, press a single button, and watch the audience go wild when the drapes drop to the floor in a spectacular, dramatic moment they won’t soon forget. Our rental solenoid systems can be used with your own tie-on or Velcro-finished draperies, or you can use one of our kabuki-ready rental drapes or custom-built curtains for your unique event. These systems are a fantastic way to enhance the anticipation of an opening number, or to add even more exhilaration to a special song or performance on stage.

This past summer, we were thrilled to work with the enormously talented production designer Daniel Robinson for a special project he was working on for Worship Center in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He and his team were constructing a dynamic stage for their upcoming event “Oh Taste and See” at The Living Room. They wanted a projection-friendly soft good that they could both project video and theatrical lighting directly onto, as well as create some rear-lighting effects with the performers’ shapes and silhouettes, too. Daniel decided to rent one of our Rent What? Kabuki Solenoid Kits for this much anticipated occasion, and as you can see by these photos (from the audience, as well as from backstage) that it turned out spectacular! With gorgeous lighting design and programming conceived and devised by Mike Marini, they fashioned a striking look that genuinely engaged and delighted the entire crowd!

Consisting of one of our ultra-smooth, clean, flat, kabuki-ready 30’h x 60’w White Poly Muslin backdrops, and our super-dependable 15 head single-drop kabuki systems, they were able to concoct an extraordinarily memorable reveal at this high-energy event. 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!  Daniel and his team at Worship Center did a truly exceptional job with this special church event, and we couldn’t have been happier to have been a part of it. Check out the video clip below to see it live and in action, and don’t hesitate to contact our drapery experts so that we can help you plan an unforgettable reveal at your next special event or production, too.

21 01, 2020

Blend Of Rental Drapery Collections Creates Fabulously Unique Event Designs

By |January 21st, 2020|Products, Projects|1 Comment

Every production design, every concert stage, and every special event strives to have an exclusive, memorable, and one-of-a-kind appearance. Our clients can be absolute magicians when it comes to creating remarkably unique stage designs for their own particular events, and look to Rent What? to help them build a truly exceptional look at a competitive price. They have learned that one of the easiest, and most successful, ways of accomplishing this is by renting different drapes from our various Specialty Rental Drapery Collections. Below are just a couple of fabulous examples of how combining various curtains from our collections can help you fashion an undeniably distinctive event design, too.

One of our extremely skillful and talented clients, Michael Roccaforte from FORTE, created the look for the high-profile, annual Indiana Conference For Women. By combining larger-than-life swags from our Silver Satin Collection, and Pleated Pewter and Silver Textura Legs from our Timeless and Traditional Collection, and splashing some inspired and colorful theatrical stage lighting onto these highly reflective drapes, they were able to (once again!) build an utterly striking stage design that genuinely blew their audience away.

Next we had the gifted production designer Zach Ciaburri from the Scottsdale Center For The Performing Arts who needed to build a wonderfully distinguished look for their “Scottsdale Arts Gala 2019.” By combining Classic Stardrop LED drapes (on the left side and center) and Chameleon LED drapes (on the right side), he was able to construct a breathtaking starry sky look for their “Starry Night”-themed gala event that brilliantly transported their guests to feel like they were dining outside on a stunning crisp winter’s eve. Adding whimsical hanging props and beautiful table settings, this was an absolutely resplendent event that no one would soon forget.

Finally, we have Elizabeth Newton and her superb design team at Cory’s Audio Visual, who wanted to produce a grand stage for a prominent event that they were sponsoring. By combining a backdrop of Pewter Textura Pleated Legs with a few of our tall Silver Satin Legs (which they artistically swagged on their stage, to give it a completely original look), they were able to create an extraordinary motif for this event. They topped the design off with some of our custom built Pewter Textura pleated borders and some dazzling lighting effects, they were able to fully delight everyone in attendance.

With an extensive, diverse selection of eye-catching specialty drapes to choose from, contact one of our helpful account managers today to let us help you build the most magnificent event or production design imaginable!

3 12, 2019

Chameleon LED Drape Brilliantly Complements Spectacular One-Of-A-Kind Wedding Event

By |December 3rd, 2019|Clients, Products, Projects|1 Comment

Sometimes adding a simple, but dramatic, element to your event design can make all the difference in the world towards “bringing it fully together.” A beautiful rental drape or backdrop can absolutely be that extra touch—and is an easy and affordable way to solidify your event’s overall motif. We here at Rent What? Inc., and myself especially, were thrilled to work with one of our regular tour and production managers Laura Jean “LJ” Hyde Clark with a drapery element for her upcoming nuptials to Patrick Clark in New Orleans, Louisiana. They wanted something that would go nicely with the completely unique theme of the wedding, in a very special venue—The House of Blues in New Orleans.

LJ had come up with the concept of their entire wedding extravaganza, down to the very last detail. They were going for a truly original “Great Gatsby/Freakshow” sort of vibe. With influences from Beetlejuice and Greatest Showman, and in primarily black and gold design elements, they wanted to create a spectacularly dark, spooky, and macabre atmosphere. Working with the venue’s remarkable in-house Lighting Director Austin Dominique, they decided to rent one of our versatile and dynamic RGB Chameleon LED drapes to help pull together their desired “distinctive” look. 

This style of LED drape is wonderful for concert tours, theater productions, and other special events that you want to add a very unique touch to. Offering the option to use either the supplied on-drape controller and instruction manual to program the drape directly yourself, or to plug it into the in-house light board via the DMX cable provided means that it fits the needs of both small and large events and tours. This curtain allows you to change the color palette and speed of the blinking lights, and specify all sorts of fun and vibrant color patterns, too. You can literally have as many color schemes as you’d like, and chose from hundreds of gradations on its almost infinite color palette. Moreover, this can all be done ahead of time so that the drape would be all ready to go for your event or show.

As the logistics and event manager at the HOB, Kelly Riley executed all of LJ’s ideas visually on the day of the wedding superbly. And you can see by these FABULOUS photos taken by wedding photographer Willow Haley, LJ and Patrick’s one-of-a-kind dream design was a complete success! Having the memorable ceremony on the main HOB stage, followed by incredible performances by cirque and vaudeville-themed dancers and acrobats, and of course lots of enjoyable guest dancing at the reception, the Chameleon LED backdrop was the perfect complement to all of the various segments of this exceptional event. We were so pleased to be able to help provide a gorgeous rental drape for their big day, and wish them every bit of happiness that life can give this happy couple!

25 11, 2019

Masking Drapes Aid With Fantastic USS Iowa Special Event

By |November 25th, 2019|Products, Projects|1 Comment

Here at Sew What? we recognize how important it is to take a few minutes to appreciate the efforts and sacrifices that our men and women in the US Armed Forces do for all of us on a daily basis. Understanding everything that they have given up, and that they vigilantly work every single day to help protect for us, is a humble endeavor that should not be taken lightly. Honoring those that serve in our country’s military on Veteran’s Day is the least we can do as grateful members of the community.

This past Veteran’s Day, the USS Battleship Iowa Museum–right here in San Pedro, California–wanted to offer an exceptional event for the community to enjoy with one another, and to help honor fellow Veterans. Throughout the day, guests enjoyed catered food, and free family-friendly activities on the fantail of the ship, including mural painting and Vicky the Dog Story Time with author Carole Hershman (Vicky, a seafaring pup, was actually the ship’s beloved mascot once upon a time!).

And, as an exclusive treat for their guests that day, on the actual fantail of the ship, they decided to host the Emmy Award winning documentary, The Last Signal, and the award winning World War I documentary, They Shall Not Grow Old, with a live Q&A by Emmy Award winning director Kyle Olson. Happily, this event got such a huge response from the public that they had to change where they held the event to an even larger area. As you can imagine, on a sunny Southern California day, it would be way too bright outside to successfully show a film outdoors with any sort of clarity, even under the massive tent structures they brought in for the event. Due to this last minute change, they had to get dark-colored, light-blocking tie-on curtains to quickly mask off the entire area behind and next to the screen, in order for the audience to be able to better immerse themselves in these completely engaging films. 

We were very pleased to be able to rent them some beautiful–and efficient—flat, black, tie-on IFR Encore Velour masking drapes for this set-up. The client was thrilled with how nice they looked, how simple they were to install, and how wonderfully they helped to block the bright sunshine bouncing off the ocean nearby so that their guests could truly enjoy the significant movies being shown that afternoon. With sizes in our rental inventory ranging from 1’h to 60’h, and a huge assortment of widths, our flat masking curtains and borders can help put the finishing touches on any type of unique event, production, concert, or trade show configuration that you can think of! Feel free to contact us today so that we can assist you with adding the perfect style of drapery to your own upcoming special occasion, too.