Working with us

Working With Us

Our designs begin with one of three things: the request of a customer, the needs of a licensed tent rental territory, or a spontaneous idea. Often a combination of these things inspires a new design project.

When a customer has requested our advice or a consultation, their opinion strongly influences the design. The first conversation about the potential project gives us a good idea of how things will proceed based on necessity and aesthetics. The customer offers us all of their ideas about the finished product, and we combine them with our experience in the field of textile design. We then distill those ideas into a design that will perform well. The more developed plans are presented to the customer, who offers any further opinions and preferences about the design. We gather information and take measurements to help with the more technical aspects of the design process.

Once these details are established, the creation process begins. We start with design sketches, which are often overlaid on a diagram of the established structure. In most cases we make computer-renderings using AutoCAD design software. We then consult with the customer to share the latest renderings and sketches for further notes and feedback.

After the designs are complete, construction begins. We use an Autometrix cutting machine to ensure that each piece of fabric is cut precisely. This CNC (computer numerical control) machine eliminates the possibility for errors and imperfect measurements between design and construction. We then take a step towards more traditional methods, using staples and double-sided tape to secure all panels for stitching or welding. Depending upon the size and scope of the project, between one and all nine of our employees spend time assembling the finished product. We use sewing machines with varying vintages, from early Sperry Sails purchases to our newest machine which can sew through hard plastic. With our new technology, we use an efficient combination of modern innovation and traditional sail-making techniques.

One of the services included in a purchase from Sperry Fabric Architecture is installation. At this point we check for any late stage modifications that need to be made. We take care to customize the product for the space in which it will reside, and optimize the tension of the project to make it secure for all but the most extreme weather conditions.

An additional service that we provide for our customers is product maintenance. This includes seasonal set-ups and take-downs, year-round emergency fixes, washing and general repairs.

To read more about working with us, visit our Customers & Reviews page!