Caring for Your Art
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Caring for Your ArtBehind the Art
by Annie Rodrigue
Creating the art is always the fun part. We spend hours on every brush stroke and pencil stroke hoping that in the end it will become something unique, something appealing and worth seeing, something that speaks to us and maybe, if we are lucky, that will also speak to others. But once that piece of art is done, tangible, what should we do to keep it that way? Are there further steps that we should take to give extra care for our work? Yes. We will cover the basics of it this month and the next.
A Safe Environment for Your Work
While your house or apartment is not a gallery, it does not mean your studio should not be treated as such. While we are all aware that tools used in galleries to keep constant temperature and humidity are probably costly, there is still budget-wise solutions available to artists.
Storage Within the Studio
We will be elaborating a little more about storage on the second part of this column coming next month, but keep in mind that to keep your work safe from all these elements, a storage case is definitely recommended. While it might be a little costly, it might save your work from a lot of trouble. Remember that a closed room is easier to control, and a storage case, probably even easier. Not only can you monitor the light coming in and out, but you can easily monitor the temperature and humidity. A storage system will also allow you a better classification of your work. One might not consider putting so much organization in their work when they start, but as the collection of work grows, it is safe to say that not only is it easier to classify everything, it also allows to organize some storage for prints, material and digital backups!
Knowing what could damage your work is just as important as learning to master a craft. Care for your art as it is not only a part of you, but it is also of value on the market you are aiming at. If I have but one book to recommend on the subject, it is Caring for Your Art by Jill Snyder. Most of the information provided here were learned from this book. A must!
We will continue on the subject, covering the more technical side: we will learn about the material to use, storage system and also how to mat our work!
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