Shipping large pieces for exhibition
since having a little more time to myself I've gotten back into the art world and have some work up in a few shows this and next month. Had three out of town, where the work was due Friday after only being notified the week before (which was an adventure in printers/framers/bus drivers/shipping clerks taking pity on me).
These were some big (16x20" or so) photos, framed for hanging. I used to be represented by a gallery in town, so getting work there was less of a challenge (but still one; don't drive). Had a few people suggest just bubble-wrapping the hell out of everything, and layering that with cardboard and tape. Having also worked at said gallery, I know how miserable that is to unpack and repack, so I ended up with some of FedEx's HUGE artwork boxes. Safe enough.
After getting some help getting everything to FedEx, the total cost of round-trip shipping clocked in at a whopping $800-something: said insured artwork could only be transported by air. Oof. Ended up going across the street to the post office and it was a tenth of that figure.
Interested in what others who exhibit work do for both packing and shipping for shows. Additionally, where people stand on nicer framing: I reuse the same set of nice custom metal frames, but I know others that go with Walgreens printing and IKEA frames, reasoning that it's less of a loss if/when they get damaged in transit. I figure if work is going to be sold, it better look good, however.
On the plus side, a couple of these shows are at photography-specific galleries that do the printing and framing for me with a bigger commission chunk. A lot more peace of mind.