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.
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!
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!
Ah, summer time… the season of late sunsets, ice cream cones and making drapes for all the new shows coming to Broadway this fall. It makes the shop very busy, but it’s also colorful. Some red swags over here, a gold Austrian over there… blue velvet bed hangings off in the corner. It’s always fun in October to see the shop’s work live and in action, so to speak, and reflect back on our early involvement with a project. With our experience, both designers and technicians often reach out to us for ideas on how to creatively and efficiently turn their visions into reality. Recently we were included in two separate discussions – one for a recommendation on the best fabric to use as a flat projection surface for scenery that would be stored rolled up, and a second on the best way to construct some elaborate art deco masking curtains with a pleated look – that are great examples of our customers turning to iWeiss for solutions first and products second.
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