|Solar Flare 5|
I have a penchant for making things that can be easily damaged in shipping. It is important to "stupid proof" your artwork packaging. Frames are pretty easy to pack...corner protectors, lots of bubble wrap, and preferably a double box. Sculptural pieces need a little more help. I have received sculptures back with vulnerable peaks sitting in a pool of settled peanuts, exposed to damaging forces and box crushing. Besides, many galleries will not accept peanuts anymore. I have had things shake apart in transit! So, a new system had to be developed.
Case in point:
Solar Flares. This piece is machine embroidery, pins, hand dyed fabric mounted on various levels of foam core. Those corners are vulnerable in both storage and shipping. Today Dale and I built housings for these pieces which can easily be "dropped" in a box for safe storage and shipping.
Materials used: Pink Insulation board
Leftover cardboard boxes
Lock-Tite Power Grab Adhesive
When Dale builds these for me, they are neater, fancier looking and usually have a closing flap. I couldn't manage "higher math" today, so mine have no flaps.