As part of the SNAG 2012 Professional Development Seminar about shipping, Leila Hamdan, former Registrar for the National Ornamental Museum and artist, gave an informative lecture with lots of essential shipping information for artists and makers.
Her presentation has been posted as a SlideShare presentation with audio. You can watch the same presentation as SNAG Conference attendees.
Here are a few quotes from Leila Hamdan.
"It is surprising how many artists do not know how to pack their work for safety and security."
At the Museum, "it was always heartbreaking to open a package and see that their work had been damaged."
"The way that artists pack their work is a reflection of how they make it."
"Do not fill your box with random bits of materials so it seems as though you've emptied your recycling bin."
"Find a weighted balance [for your shipping box] to avoid having one side of the box heavier than the other."
"Always include your contact information inside the box, so you can be found should the outside label be torn off. And this does happen a lot."
Related topics about shipping:
PLAN PACKING for SHIPPING Art & Craft
Shipping Planning vs. Sh*t Happening
PACKING YOUR WORK FOR EXHIBITIONS (tip sheet)
Conditions Report from the Professional Guidelines