A weblog about theatrical drapery and stage curtains for Production Managers, Set Designers, Custom Drapery Resellers, and local/school/church Productions
Special Event and Party Planners— have you been looking for a new stage design that will help make your next big event captivating, exciting, and thoroughly entertaining? Try one of Rent What?’s exclusive new Shadow Box kits to make your event the one everyone will be talking about tomorrow!
Event design companies like Champagne Creative Group have been using these extremely popular rental Shadow Box kits at their parties and special events, and have knocked the socks off their crowd time and time again. These all-inclusive kits set up in a snap, are very affordable, and are easy and safe to transport via freight forwarder, Fed Ex, or even the back of your own truck.
It’s easy to add some playful animation to any sort of party or event—and is great fun for people of all ages. The sky’s the limit with how you can utilize these kits to fit your party’s own special theme! Give your audience something spectacular that they’ve never seen before with a rental Shadow Box kit from Rent What?
Attention to all Concert Stage Designers who have an eye for something spectacular! Our Silver Satin Collection of rental stage drapes all layer beautifully with one another to help create an exclusive and dazzling look for all of your rock and roll needs. Because they are so versatile and eclectic, they can be layered with drapes from ALL of Rent What?’s varied and dynamic drape collections too.
The Cranberries were able to recently utilize our Silver Satin Swags, Swagettes, and Legs on their tour, but made it even more breathtaking by complimenting the look by layering them all in front of our Low-Tech White Voile LED Drapes, too. As you can see, the lights shine beautifully through the material, creating an extremely textured and vibrant stage design that helped create the exact look they were going for in each section of their concert.
Next time you are interested in something completely original, consider renting a drape from our shimmery Silver Satin Collection to make your stage design truly remarkable. Have a unique set-up? Contact a Sew What? representative to get information on custom-designed stage drapes for your next concert event.
Finding inspiration all over the world is an exciting thing to do nowadays with the onset of the internet, 24hour television programming, and an increased awareness and appreciation of art of all types and styles. On the Lehmann Maupin website, we recently came across an article featuring this amazing art display from renowned installation artist Do Ho Suh, in which he used hand sewn sheer chiffons to create a breathtaking display of how he sees “home”—his modern, American house actually enveloping his traditional, South Korean house, and yet how they can both be seen together at the same time.
Being shown at the historic opening of the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul, Korea, this Suh’s work represents how creative use of fabrics can be used to illicit a feel, a mood, a temperament, and of course, a style to any situation.
We absolutely love seeing this creative use of fabric, color, opacity, and material help an artist showcase his vision, and so we had to share it with our readers.
When you begin working on a new design for a production, where do you start? Does your initial design theme or idea originate from the artist, or from you, or as collaboration between you, the artist, and others involved in the production? Do you draw inspiration from other sources such as literature, pop culture, fine art, architecture, or movies?
And once you have chosen the design theme or direction, in what ways do you translate that design vision to a physical set, in terms of soft goods, hard sets, lighting, video, and other set elements?
Many designers find that looking at videos or photographs of other productions can help them identify ways in which they can translate their own vision to the physical set. Let’s say that the designer wants a romantic feeling in shades of red, with an emphasis on soft curves rather than hard edges.
Looking at photographs or watching videos showing productions in which the set design incorporated red swags, Austrian drapes, and soft flowing legs, for example, might give the designer the opportunity to imagine how similar drapes might work for his or her own design.
What is your design process? Do you find inspiration by viewing the work of your fellow designers? We’d love to hear from you in the Comments section below.
We are continuously looking for ways to improve our company websites, to make them more user-friendly, informational, and inspirational. Over the years, we have made many changes and improvements, but I have to say, the latest improvement to the Rent What? website is one of the most exciting – video!
Videos are now available on each of our Drapery Collections pages. In addition to scrolling through a selection of still images on the page, the viewer also has the option to click on the video player to view a short video highlighting the drapery collection. We hope that this addition provides our website visitors with an even more informative and inspirational experience when visiting our site.
To view the videos, visit our website here and click on any of the Drapery Collections pages.
Want a unique look for your touring dance performance? Why not consider combining the construction of a traditional theatrical drape with a non-traditional material – clear vinyl? This sparkling combination evokes the feeling of a beautiful wall of icicles, a gorgeous backdrop to the dancers.
This clear vinyl drape was custom-made for the skating extravaganza “ICE Direct from Russia” in the Versailles Showroom at the Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
More typically used in tent construction, flame retardant clear vinyl takes on a breathtaking appearance under theatrical lighting. Constructed in a traditional theatre style, with 50% fullness and webbing, grommets and ties on top, an “icicle” drape can be hung and used just like any other traditional theatre drape – but with a decidedly “non-traditional” look.
The same clear vinyl drape takes on an even more dramatic appearance under blue stage lighting.
Want to keep your stage drapery looking great, but unsure about the best way to maintain your theatrical drapery? Are your drapes dirty or dingy, but you are confused about whether you should launder them or have them dry cleaned?
The first step to keeping your stage drapery in show-worthy condition is to properly maintain them on a regular basis. Drapes that remain hanging for long periods of time (such as Grand Drapes) will often build up a layer of surface dust, causing them to appear dingy (and possibly affecting the flame retardancy of the fabric). Minor holes and tears, if not fixed promptly, can become larger and more problematic. Recognizing and addressing these issues early will ensure that your drapes look great.
Storing drapes properly will also extend the life of the drapes. Never store drapery in plastic bags or containers, as plastic traps moisture and can cause mold or mildew to appear on your drapery. Instead, store your drapery in a dry well-ventilated area, in a canvas storage hamper or non-woven polyester drapery storage bag.
If your drapery needs to be cleaned, the type of fabric and the type of flame retardancy will affect whether your drape can be laundered or dry-cleaned. Topically treated fabrics (such as Cotton Velours and some polyesters) must be dry-cleaned in order to preserve the topical flame retardant finish. Permanently flame retardant fabrics (such as many polyesters) can be laundered. For all fabrics, spot cleaning is sometimes an option, but should be considered as a last resort, as it may result in a noticeable difference between the area that was spot-cleaned and the remainder of the drape.
For more detailed information on drapery cleaning and maintenance, visit our “Cleaning and Maintenance” page on our website. The good thing is, with proper maintenance, you can keep your stage drapery looking beautiful for years to come.
Attention Theatre and Stage Designers!! Have you always wanted to have custom designed drapes created for your theatre, but have no idea where to even begin the process of deciding what will work best for your space? How can you possibly figure it all out when there are so many aspects to think about when considering what you would like in new custom drapery, including style, dimensions, fabric, color, pleating, flame retardancy, finishes, and whether or not it needs to be lined?
This Austrian Drape, manufactured for Gridworks for the Princess Cruise Lines ship Ruby Princess, is an example of one option for a Grand Drape.
Sew What? has created an easy-to-understand Guide to Stage Drapery to help you learn more about your options for custom stage drapery. Click here to read more about where to start the process, and before you know it you can have your very own grand drape, backdrops, scrims, panels, swags, or anything else you can imagine custom-made to fit your exact needs and your own unique vision.
A wide range of fabric styles and colors are available for custom stage curtains, with different fabrics recommended for different styles of curtains. Theatrical velour, available in a wide range of colors as shown in this photo, is a frequently used choice for Bi-Parting Traveling Grand Drapes.
Rent What? Inc. fue muy orgulloso y honrado de ser parte de un evento de excepcional importancia aquí en el sur de California el mes pasado. Nuestro cliente LG Producciones combinado algunos de nuestros impresionantes alquiler Cortinas de escenario de teatro juntos para ser utilizado como un diseño de escenario de lujo para una caridad que llevó a la conciencia y la financiación para ayudar a proveer soluciones a largo plazo y sostenibles a las personas sin hogar para niños y familias.
Teniendo lugar en un magnífico salón de baile en la impresionante La Costa Resort and Spa en Carlsbad, esta recaudación de fondos anual para Las Soluciones de Caridad, por el cambio trabaja para obtener los fondos necesarios para ayudar a proporcionar las habilidades, conocimientos y recursos para que las familias que viven sin hogar pueden romper permanentemente el ciclo de la pobreza. Llamado “Una noche para recordar”, este año la caridad fue un gran éxito, recaudando más de $ 1.3 millones para esta noble causa. Trabajar con los organizadores de eventos de Events especiales Pantherella, magnífico diseño del escenario del evento fue dirigido por Lucas Gulley, que hizo un trabajo increíble que proporciona la iluminación general, apoyo audiovisual, escenografía, y la producción de esta notable gala.
Foto cortesía de Luke Gulley
Con la ex primera dama Laura Bush y el Distrito 49 congresista Darrell Issa como oradores principales de esta recaudación de fondos, y ofrece a los huéspedes un menú de cinco estrellas, entretenimiento excepcional, y subastas silenciosas y en vivo, nuestro cliente necesita para tener un escenario de este evento que ser lo suficientemente versátil como para cambiar miradas entre los altavoces y diversas actividades durante toda la noche, pero por supuesto todavía tienen un lujoso y decadente del edificio se sienten coincidiendo con motivo general del evento.
Foto cortesía de Luke Gulley
Usando nuestro magnífico y que refleja la luz 28′hx 50′W Blanco de China poli seda drapeado austriaca como la característica principal de la puesta en escena, junto con algunos de nuestros exquisitos Voile Swags y patas blancas, y del lado de algunos de nuestros paneles Supervel blancos opulentos (todos los de nuestra serie Delightably blanco), fueron capaces de crear un fondo adecuado para el memorable tema importante en discusión por parte de sus invitados honorables, y todavía se cabiendo para las subastas, altavoces, entretenimiento, y todo lo demás en el medio. Se puede ver en estas hermosas fotografías tomadas por Luke Gulley, que al cambiar la iluminación de manera sutil, pero dramática, nuestro cliente fue capaz de ayudar a mantener a cada aspecto del evento mirada única y atractiva para su público cautivado. Mezclar y combinar diferentes cortinas de nuestra colección realmente ayudó a crear un aspecto realmente exclusivo por su escenografía, también. Nos encanta ver cómo se ven las cortinas combinarse juntos, ya sea en el aspecto central de la escenografía de una producción, o incluso como parte de la general de un evento especial de consulta y nos sentimos privilegiados de que nuestras cortinas eran una parte tan deslumbrante de esta verdaderamente significativa evento.
Foto cortesía de Luke Gulley
Are you looking for something fresh and exciting to add to your next concert stage design? Can’t make up your mind between a few different styles of drapes to get the look and feel you were hoping for? The answer is clear— why not try layering a few different styles together instead!
Having a single layer of draping can be enticing, beautiful, and elicit a certain feel you are going for with your artist or band. However, sometimes simply adding another layer ON TOP of your original draping can make all the difference by creating a completely unique and exceptionally memorable stage design. Recently Rent What? was very fortunate to be able to work with Jim McClellan at AEG Live Events, whose team designed an incredibly breathtaking stage set for an upcoming concert event. With some dramatic and remarkable lighting by Sean Shay and the creative lighting designers at Got Light, they were able to cleverly make some simple Metal Mesh drapes look truly extraordinary by simply adding a layer of sheer voile drapes on top, and then they lit them beautifully. The finished look was easy to create and completely spectacular!
Check out our diverse collection of rental drapes available through Rent What? and create an exclusive look for your next concert or tour. Have some special staging requirements? Custom-designed drapes are available too—talk to a Sew What? Representative to learn more.
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