For the the last three weeks, I have been in non-stop project mode. Literally, as soon as I would complete one project I would have to start on the next. I have completed some miscellaneous art projects for family and friends (sorry Kaelyn! still working on yours!:), organized an egg hunt/outreach with our small group, put together a party for my now 8 year old an 15 of his friends, built shelves for the master bath that are still not installed, and created a new set for the stage at church. I would like to say that my master bedroom is nearly complete, but it is nowhere close. I have resigned myself to the fact the "makeover" is going to take several months now that spring is finally here, and my current goal is to just get the wallpaper off and the paint on in the next three weeks. The rest of the elements will have to come slowly, and I am okay with that.
The stage design is what I am going to share with you today. (Be forewarned: all of these pics were taken on the fly with an iPhone, and they are unedited. No time for that right now!) I have been helping with the set designs for about 18 months, and I love it! The Christmas 2013 set was the first set that I put together as the "point" person. I was given a concept, and I had one week to pull it together.
Our stage is very large. Each set needs to fill a very big space, and it needs to be cost effective. For the spring set, I decided to make some "string art". My builder made 10 panels, various sizes, installed screws for a "grid", and all I had to do was wrap the string. TWELVE THOUSAND FEET OF STRING. Totally worth with it though!
wrapping the smaller panels at my house
starting the install
red string and candles on Good Friday
and green on Good Friday
setting up on Saturday morning, extra elements added for the Easter services (four of them!)
The lighting techs did SOOOOOO many cool color changes on Easter, but with the low lights in the auditorium, almost all of my pics were pretty bad--and you KNOW I have low standards when it comes to pics, so if I won't even post it here, it must be REALLY bad. Here is one (still bad) pic. The purple was beautiful!!!
This set has been up since last Thursday (less than 5 days), and I have already received so many comments and questions, so I am going to post a little FAQ section for ya!
FAQ: How often do you change the set?
We change sets at New Years', Easter, Labor Day, and the beginning of Advent. While the background sets stay the same for several months (with the exception of Christmas), there are added elements for each sermon that help the set stay "new".
How big is the stage?
Our stage is approximately 36'wide and about 18' high.
Who DOES this stuff?!?!
I (Holly) currently present the concept and handle the details from start to fruition, but I have an awesome build/install team, and they are the ones who really make everything happen!
How much does a set cost?
We budget about $3000/year for stage designs and extra elements. This particular set cost $300-$400. (I don't know the exact total yet, because I need to return some of the string!)
How much string is that?! How long did it take?!?!
I used 12,000 feet of string. It took about 10-12 hours to wrap the string, and probably the same amount of time to build the panels and install the grid. The installation was probably 6-8 hours.
How do you get these ideas?
Other than the team that I work with, the most valuable resource I use is Church Stage Design Ideas. There are so many great ideas here!
And I have to include a pic of the awesome sign another gal and her family built for the children's wing for Easter Sunday. When she heard I was doing string art for the set, she knew she wanted to recreate the artwork she had seen at her sister's church.
Isn't that AMAZING! The pic doesn't do it justice! It is HUGE! Like, two full sheets of plywood huge!
Well, that's all for today. I hope you all had a very blessed Easter! We enjoyed a beautiful, spring day with lots of family and even more food!
Have a great day and enjoy the Son!