The Nutcracker: Then and Now

The Nutcracker: Then and Now

Dec 3, 2015

The Nutcracker Soldier

The Nutcracker Soldier

            The Nutcracker is such an important part of the holiday season both as the lovable toy and the gorgeous ballet.  For Grosh and our clients The Nutcracker tends to keep us focusing more on the ballet.  However, it is interesting to think about what the toy’s meaning and history is and how it inspired the ballet.

            According to German tradition, nutcrackers were given as keepsakes to bring good luck to the family and protect the home.  The legend says that a nutcracker represents power and strength, guarding the family from danger.  A fierce protector, the nutcracker bares its teeth to the evil spirits and serves as the traditional messenger of luck and goodwill.  Since the 15th century, Nutcrackers have existed in the form of wooden carvings and have traditionally been formed into the shape of a soldier, knight, or king.

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Grosh Customs Keeps Busy!

Grosh Customs Keeps Busy!

Dec 19, 2014

Grosh Backdrops and Drapery is one of the only backdrop companies with a fully staffed scenic department and painter’s studio!  As part of our commitment to excellence, Grosh would never think of outsourcing any part of the production process from designing renderings to the finished backdrop.  Grosh does not employ a production line, but passionate artists who do all the work in-house maintaining full control and integrity over the artistic process.

From celebrities to major retailer brand sponsored events and global franchises to talented noteworthy artists, Grosh customs takes it all on with finesse and efficiency. What else can you expect from the biggest, oldest and best in the business?

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A Paint Day at Grosh!

A Paint Day at Grosh!

Sep 5, 2014

You would figure that every day is a paint day at Grosh, but not for Backdrop Consultants. Today they got out of the office and into the studio! This was uncharted territory for them and probably for most. Not many people can say they helped paint a 22’ H x 50’ W backdrop! The Grosh scenic artists definitely looked worried. However, Greg, their fearless leader, and Scenic Creative Director, had full confidence…and the option to primer and paint over any mistakes.

Full painter's body suites!

Full painter’s body suites!

First we had to gear up! Adorning ourselves in old clothes, shoe covers and even a couple of full painter’s body suites, Greg gave us a tutorial on the ins and outs of the Grosh Hollywood Studio. There are six high ceiling frames that allow the backdrops to be lowered by a counterweight down two flights through openings in the floor. He went over a few safety caveats, like not falling through the openings, then showed us the tools of their trade. To begin with, the backdrop design is divided up into a grid and each section is drawn out on large sheets of paper. An electro pounce machine, which uses electricity, burns minute holes into the paper, creating a stencil. The stencil is then held up against the canvas and used to make an outline of the design.

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