All artists are confronted one or other time with shipping of their work. Often they end up disappointed and discouraged. The success of any shipping of artwork, start with the artist self. Too often they will spend expensive materials and dedicated time to the art process, but ship the work off to its destination as an afterthought.
Artists tend to work to the very last minute before the work must be shipped. Trying to save money and time to ship the work as well as last minute neglect is just what is needed to waste weeks and months of hard work.
To pack and ship safely and at the best possible pricing is just as much an art as it is to do the work itself. The only difference is that art comes from the heart and mind, whereas savvy packing and shipping comes from knowledge.
The right packing materials for shipping artwork
Packing materials are expensive and when I started to collect my old packing materials, Koos was not too happy with me. After all it takes up storing space, but the first time that I sent him to the store to buy a container with Styrofoam peanuts, his complaints stopped.
Does that mean that one must keep old packing materials unconditionally?
The answer is no. Packing materials wear out. After a few uses, bubble wrap will not be bubbles anymore and will become useless, especially when you are shipping heavier work, or work that have spouts and handles.
Good sturdy packing materials is a must, otherwise you stand a chance to get your work broken.
The human factor must always be kept in mind. There are people that may handle packages that does not understand the contents thereof. Accidents and possibilities that package will be dropped, thrown, hit or otherwise mishandled by any shipper must be expected.
Use the right box