Let’s Hear it for School SPIRIT!

Did you know, not all digital printing has to be done on WHITE?

What better way to say welcome to your new incoming students than a fresh face lift to your auditorium. Our client, Rye Country Day School, wanted to do exactly that for the start of the 2015/2016 school year.

To show the school spirit that Rye Country embodies to each of its students and faculty they wanted their school emblem on display right up front in their auditorium. Instead of having one logo in the center as we have seen at many other facilities our client chose to use the logo as a repeat along the bottom finish of each panel.

The navy logo digitally printed directly on the 22oz Ice Blue Encore. The end result granted a classic feel to this show of school spirit.

Let us help you refresh your auditorium and request a price or even a quick budget here.

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A QUICK SOLUTION TO……WHATEVER YOU WISH!

We always are happy to hear from our good friends at the Lincoln Center Theater and this time was no exception. Like many of us do, the LCT crew was spending lots of time in the theatre (specifically in the house and audience seating areas) during technical rehearsals & load-ins/load-outs. It is necessary to keep their house seats tidy and protected during times of heavy house traffic. Both parties were able to come up with an inexpensive solution to doing just that.

60” wide Mystique Satin is a lightweight and cost effective way to prevent damage to your seating. It is also durable and fire retardant. It comes in over 150 color options on 100 yard rolls which makes this inexpensive fabric a great option. This material is also good for Austrian Curtains and other decorative draperies where adding a large volume of fabric fullness is the visual key. It is also perfect for Kabuki Drops where a lightweight fluttering reveal may be required. iWeiss has fabricated many successful items for both these applications.

Another great quality of Mystique Satin is that its full rolls can ship via UPS since the roll dimensions are a mere 63” x 8” x 8” and weigh approximately 45lbs each.

Looking for a way to section off seating areas for a more intimate production, performance, or event?  Covering the seats for this purpose offers a nice visual appeal for your venue’s guests as well.

Seat Covers

Austrian Curtains

An Austrian Curtain is fabricated as one piece and consists of multiple rows of scallops or swag.  It is shirred along the top to provide a certain amount of horizontal fullness which determines the depth of each scallop.  The scallops in turn can be created by shirring the fabric vertically along each row.  Shirring provides small tight scallops.  This combinations of vertical and horizontal fullness creates a very rich and dramatic effect.

An Austrian is typically rigged  fly out in one piece or it may to gather up by means of cable running through rings sewn vertically to the back of the curtain along a predetermined number of lift lines.  This is useful when there is no fly space.

Our ViaWinch is a prefect example of a automation solutions for an Austrian Curtain.  You can incorporate a Standard (10) Lift Line Clew and easily operate a beautiful Austrian in your space.

The possibilities are endless when it comes to materials used for an Austrian Curtain.  We have made them out of standard Velour, sheers, and satins, but have also made them out of RIBBONS and SILICON TUBING!

Call us today for all your Austrian needs!

The Calamari Sisters

The Calamari Sisters have been singing and cooking on tour since 2008 and we’re proud to have been part of the various series installments.   While the pictures below show the “Baby Shower” Austrian built two years ago, we are already fabricating a new 50’w x 25’h Austrian and matching traveler panels for the “Italian Wedding” installment beginning February 20 in Philadelphia, PA.   See if they’re touring to a venue near you!

www.thecalamarisisters.com

PicMonkey Collage

We’re going back to school with you

Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.        

While that may be true – it’s certainly easy enough for someone like Albert Einstein to say.

Back to school season is quickly approaching and you need some new inspiration – are we correct?  While it’s an exciting time for planning and new ideas, it can also be a stressful time for battling with budgets, politics, and red tape.  Keep in mind these simple reminders and iWeiss will help you get it down to a science!

B:  BUDGET.  It doesn’t have to be a scary word; we deal with budgets of all sizes and requests – and don’t be afraid to ask us for one.  Let us help you with your theatrical budget no matter how far in advance it may be; it is what we do.

A:  ARTS.  The arts are our number one priority and iWeiss is lucky to be working in the industry everyday.  We so often read and hear about arts programs being cut from education, but we almost never hear about the schools that are booming nor the students that are thriving within them.  We see great things happening in education and performance venues all over the country.  80% of our business comes from schools and education – don’t get discouraged!  iWeiss is there for you.

C:  CREATE.  The best ideas don’t always have to cost an arm and a leg – not even stage legs!  iWeiss has access to a variety of equipment and fabrics that can enhance your creativity.  We will help you to think outside the box and get what you need.

K:  KNOWLEDGE.  We all know that knowledge is power.  If you don’t know something – simply ask.  If we don’t know, then we will find the answer for you.  Everyone wins!

 

T:  TACKLE THAT TO-DO LIST.  Feel like you don’t know where to begin with a project or need to brainstorm?  Don’t push it further down the list; discuss it out loud.  We so often speak with customers who simply need to run through an idea or possibility over the phone with us.  Much of the time we can help focus your idea by bringing up a few small points.  Your ideas are never too complicated for us to consider.

O:  OBJECTIVE.  What is your program or production’s objective?  Is there a poetic or symbolic emotion or feeling that you are attempting to convey?  Even in the largest of productions we see unfinished ideas and mere starting points of what is to come; it is a collaborative art form.  Think you can’t just convey a “feeling” or “emotion” to us?  Think again.

 

S:  SAFETY.  Safety for your school’s students and staff is first and foremost.  It you see something in your space that does not look safe – you can almost guarantee that it is not.  iWeiss is certified in leading you to safety and can offer rigging inspections for record.  Finances should never override safety.

C:  CHALLENGE.  Challenges can be tough, but they can also be exciting to overcome.  If you have a challenge to solve – toss it our way!  If you find a solution – we would love to learn.  Many of our customers have forwarded their solutions from all over the country via Facebook, Instagram, and emailed photos. Allow us post them in order to help others…with your permission and credit, of course!

H:  HELP.  Don’t be afraid to ask for help.  We often get inquiries from student parents and friends whom are always willing to help out with their child’s arts program.  We love speaking to designers, instructors, and parents alike; you don’t have to do it all by yourself.

O:  OPEN.  Be open to new ideas.  Don’t be afraid to throw around any kind of idea with your colleagues, students, or iWeiss staff.  “Every new idea is an impossibility until it is born.”

O:  OPPORTUNITY.  iWeiss looks at every project, at any stage, as a great opportunity to both provide and to learn with a new customer.  We will always thank you for giving us the opportunity to price, discuss, and assist you in your space.

L:  LEAD.  Whatever you should decide is best for your theatre or arts program – just be the leader.  So much time is spent simply waiting for someone else to make the decision.  If you feel a gut decision is best, chances are it probably is.  You can even contact us to confirm it!

Written by our very own Chris Layton

Scale Models

Designers are always looking to understand the effect of gravity on drapery – what shape it takes when it moves, how much space it requires, etc. By using one quarter scale models we not only are able to demonstrate these things visually, it also provides us with a lot of information prior to building in full scale. A great example is when we built a tab curtain for Celine Dion’s Vegas show, where each half measured 65’ wide X 82’ high with more than 100% fullness. This would have been very difficult without the scale model and definitely helped us craft a beautiful curtain for the performer and the venue, Caesars Palace.