Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Delivering Your Work in Style

Not every commissioned portrait is delivered in a frame and ready for hanging. Often a client wants to frame the artwork themselves, which means I needed to come up with a way to deliver two-dimensional, unframed artwork. It needed to protect the art, look nice and be reasonably priced. Here's what I came up with:

I started with two pieces of
black foamcore, cut to size.

I made hinges out of
black paper and
adhered them to the
foamcore in three places.

Inside I added two pieces
of tissue paper to protect
the art from any black rubbing off.

On the outside, I attached ribbon to the
foamcore with a sticky, decorative seal.
I tied the ribbon closed and, voila!

Next time I will attach a business card to
the inside using those black photo corners.

Thanks to artist Marylin Sholin for suggesting this post.


Alyson B. Stanfield said...

Looks fantastic, Peggi! At first I was confused because I thought the wood floor was a frame. But then I had an "aha" moment. It looks super. I will send folks over here. And maybe you should let me know if I can share this in workshops. Hmmm.

Peggi Habets Studio said...

Hi Alyson,
Thanks for the comment, and yes, of course you may share it. I've certainly benefited from others sharing their ideas.

Manon Doyle said...

Great idea!

redchair said...

Hi Debbie,
This is really pretty and attractive for flat artwork direct presentation to clients. The art stores have portfolios but they’re so expensive today and by no definition as attractive as what you’ve created here.

For shipping ‘unstretched’ canvases or paper drawings across the U.S. or internationally, I have to say that I've found that portfolio can be at risk going through the mail. I’ve been using mailing tubes. Not as pretty -but they are delivered unscathed and that’s primary to our clients. It’s also substantially less in postage cost than a box.

Peggi Habets Studio said...

Vikki & Manon,
Thanks! Vikki, I agree. Shipping is best done in a tube or at least something more sturdier. These were made for delivering artwork in person.

PAT MEYER -- said...

What great ideas that we can all learn from. Thank you for sharing. Pat

Sheona Hamilton Grant said...

Quite simply a brilliant idea. Thank-you for sharing this.

Anonymous said...

How clever!! and such a wonderful elegant and professional presentation.
Thank you for sharing!