Welcome to another thrilling episode of the Mod Scenes podcast. This is your host Steven, and I’m thrilled to talk with you today on episode 87 of our podcast, focusing on stage backdrops, uh, church stage designs designs for corporate events and anything beautiful Mod Scenes can bring. So, um, as many of you know, I’m the owner and director of Matise. Uh, my primary role at the company is designed. Uh, so I love designing. I love taking inspiration from other places to create new products and new designs. Um, so I want to kind of go over a little bit of how I, how I pull inspiration, because I think it might be beneficial, uh, for others who are new, either new InDesign, uh, or, I mean, honestly, I’m always learning. That’s one of the things that I would like try to make a focus in my life is to be continually learning.

So, uh, whether it be business, it’d be design the stage backdrops, uh, technology for, for creating, creating manufacturing. Uh, I’m always trying to learn the new, the newest thing, um, so that I can make the best decisions and, and serving people, uh, and, uh, serving the Lord. So, uh, let’s dive in. So, uh, whenever I’m looking for new inspiration, uh, actually that’s one of the things I don’t necessarily, I’m not always, I’m not necessarily looking for new inspiration. I typically find it as I’m going. So one of the things I’ve found that’s very, very important for successful designers. It’s not necessarily be searching, always searching like, oh, I have a project now I’m going to search for, um, search for inspiration. It’s more, um, finding inspiration as you go. So for example, um, I remember quite vividly, um, a very specific texture. Uh, so this texture is a thin linear texture and is, uh, the design for a bamboo handle, uh, this panel that design that I’ve made based off of it.

Um, so it’s very thin lines, uh, very beautiful looking thin lines. Um, but the original inspiration for that came from a McDonald’s in the middle of nowhere, Alabama. Uh, no Georgia. It was by the Alabama Georgia port. It was somewhere around there. Um, but it was like three in the morning. And driving back from an event, I might’ve been at a conference I believe, um, but stopped to get, um, an orange juice and a sandwich. And, um, you know, obviously I didn’t really have stage backdrops on my mind. I was more thinking about orange juice, so I didn’t have, you know, designing a set on my mind or a church stage backdrops on my behind. Literally the only thing that was on my mind was orange juice because I thought that was going to help me stay awake. Uh, that being said, um, orange juice.

Well, I don’t know McDonald’s orange juice, my caffeine. I don’t know that it, uh, I don’t know that normal orange has caffeine. I don’t think it does if it does. Um, I very much on do not understand how food works. Uh, so, um, anyhow, back to the set design piece. So, um, I remember this specific set design and thinking through like, Hey, what, what, you know, uh, seeing this piece and just going, oh my gosh, that’s beautiful. That’d be incredible. The panel design. So let me work on it. So, uh, I took a picture on my phone, um, to save for later

To say, say the concept for later. Uh, so these lines were really thin, probably a 16th of an inch thick, uh, which would be too small for a panel, uh, or at least really ballistically and manufacturing.

It’d be too small for a panel. Uh, so I went ahead and you know,

About a month later, actually I found that picture again while I was working

On, uh, I was working on designing a couple of other things and I was like, Hey,

I remember this inspiration that I looked at such and such it’s time ago. So I’m going to jump back to that.

So I do, I know back to that and found that picture, starting to look at it and kind of copy it. So, so with that inspiration, you know, I pulled the specifically for that stage backdrops panel, I pulled the, uh, the idea of making the idea of making thin lines, the intertwined sorta like bamboo. Uh, so what I did is I took those lines and made them intersecting, just a couple of places. Uh, I widened the lines out so that it wouldn’t be, it wouldn’t be a, uh, so it wouldn’t be like a really tight pattern. I want the lights to be cuttable on a certain scene was actually usable. And then also, so that on scale, whenever you put it across the full stage backdrops, it doesn’t look like just a DVD lines. So, uh, after that, I went through and I looked the panel wasn’t super happy with, it looked very close to my original concept that, you know, that concept I was pulling from, but I didn’t like it.

It didn’t have that, uh, the correct vibe yet. So it took a little bit more time. I, uh, copied some of the lines mirrored, some of the lines intersected, some of the lines, uh, changed some rotations, varied, the rotations, uh, deleted half of it, added some more rotations, added some more lines. So we didn’t have those lines. Um, and I probably spent two hours just going through and adding in, taking away, adding and taking away until I felt like I got something that felt right. Uh, something that looked, um, clean yet elegant, um, something that was, uh, would be work well as a stage backdrops or in like a church stage design, something I could, or even an event say something I could, uh, I could duplicate across multiple panels and would look correct, uh, as they intersected, um, as they continued the pattern throughout.

So, um, so yeah, that’s how I came up with bamboo panel. Uh, and that’s how I come up with a lot of my panels as taking in initial inspiration from something and then taking an editing and morphing it to, uh, to what, uh, what I, what I need. So, uh, I hope this has beneficial to you. Um, I’d love to help you think through your next stage design, your next search or stage design or events, stage design, uh, your next stage backdrops. Um, I’d love to help you with that. Um, so shoot me an email. Email is stephen@mazzianz.com and I’d be thrilled to chat through, um, your next project and see how we can, uh, create something wonderful for you. Thanks again for sharing the Mod Scenes podcast. And I will chat with you soon.


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