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Are you interested in moving your art studio to a different location? Patreon can help you leave your current studio behind. Maybe you’ve found a new home or a beautiful downtown loft that will help you focus on your work. Or maybe life has taken you in a completely different direction. Whatever the case, you have your work cut out for you.
Artists spend a good portion of their lives collecting, perfecting, and storing high-grade equipment for their ongoing projects. A move involves packing, shipping, and unpacking these supplies - in addition to any expensive or sentimental artwork that has been made. Pinterest offers some great tips on moving your art studio, in addition to Modern Cave Paintings.
Moving your artwork can be stressful and scary, if not done correctly. Familiarize yourself with the four methods below. Each one can help you safely move your art studio, whether you purchased a new place across town, in a different state, or in another country altogether.
The safest route if you’re moving your art studio across town (or even across the state) is to hire a professional moving company to handle your equipment. The company can be held liable for any unnecessary damage done to your belongings, and you’ll be able to view your packages while they’re being transferred. When the day comes to move your artwork and equipment, make sure each box is clearly labeled and all movers have been instructed against handling fragile pieces in a rough manner. You’ll need to take charge and give instructions for a successful move.
2. Professional Shipment
You may consider professional shipping to move expensive artwork or equipment. Some companies will provide a container, packaging, postage, and shipment for a reasonable price. You should keep in mind, however, that shipment will prohibit you from seeing your equipment moved in person. You’ll need to completely trust the system. If this makes you uncomfortable, you may want to consider another option. You can also request shipment information as the package is processed. Professional shipment is best for long distance moves - such as across country or international.
3. Friends and Family
Running low on funds? Do you have trouble trusting strangers? If either of these are true, you should contact friends or extended family members to help you move your artwork and equipment. Not only will you be working closely with individuals that you trust, but you’ll know each person truly cares about your work. For large moves, ask someone to rent a vehicle (or rent one yourself) to help transfer boxes and supplies. You’ll be surprised at how quickly the process goes when several dozen of your friends show up to help.
If you have trouble trusting anyone around your art studio, or you’d rather take a hands-on approach to moving, consider the do-it-yourself route. This route involves serious labor and research. You don’t want to go in blind. A do-it-yourself move is bittersweet, because you won’t have anyone else to hold responsible for damage. Artwork has been found to be among the top 10 items most likely to get damaged during a move, so take your time and pack carefully. And, don’t try to make the entire move in a single day without any breaks.
Is this a temporary move? Consider tips from Celebrating Color to help you along the way.
Whatever option you choose, remember that you are in charge of your equipment. Feel free to make special requests, write labels, or ask for help. There is no limit to the amount of protection that your belongings should have during your move. Take a deep breath, conduct more research, and make a decision that fits your situation and needs. You’ll be on your way to a new and bright art studio in no time.
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