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Behind the Scenes, Design, Rolling Up, Packing UP Your Art and Craft for Shipping

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have focused on designing your art or craft for shipping. I firmly believe that if we want our artwork to travel safely, securely and without breaking, or costing an arm and a leg, then artists and makers need to design their work for shipping.
Harriete Estel Berman rolling up pencils for safe shipping of artwork Pick Up Your Pencils Begin

Planning in advance during the design phase can improve the likelihood that your work will arrive safely and securely. This is not saying that the artist changes the art or craft in design, concept or aesthetic. What I am recommending is that thinking ahead will save you heartache, tears, storage space and shipping expenses.

My vision for the artwork Pick Up Your Pencils, Begin took five years to bring to fruition, yet, all along, I knew that if I wanted it to leave my studio, it had to pack up as compactly, store easily, and ship without problems.

Considerations included pedestrian problems like:

  • making sure the artwork arrives safely without damage (In this case, I couldn't even have a pencil point break - talk about challenges);
  • making sure the weight of the boxes are manageable for one person (usually me) to pick up and carry;
  • storage allowance will be as compact as possible;
  • installation and repacking are relatively easy for others to execute without me. (More about this soon.)

Here is a presentation about rolling up the artwork for safe shipping and compact storage. What do you think about the recommendations? Any suggestions, corrections or confusion?

Below are links to presentations about designing your work and packing for shipping. Principles in these lectures can be applied to shipping anything.
This is a large PDF with lots of pictures...give it time to download.

Custom Shipping Box /Design Your Work for Shipping
The 2012 PDS "Ins and Outs of Shipping (includes 9 presentations about shipping)

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