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Artists on the Move: How to Safely

Transport Your Artwork, Art Supplies & More

Photo courtesy of Unsplash by Jean-Pierre Brungs

As an artist, you already know that your art is a reflection of who you are. Each individual piece of artwork you’ve created contains significant personal meaning, countless hours of your time, and even a special part of your soul. Your creative masterpieces undoubtedly paint a picture of who you were and what was going on in your life at the time they were created. Each one is meaningful and holds a special sentimental value.

Therefore it goes without saying that probably the biggest question on the mind of any artist when moving is: “How can I move my fragile artwork without damaging anything?” This is completely understandable and a very common question. Luckily, there are many things you can do to help protect your beloved artwork during your move.

First and foremost, any fragile items should always be packed in their own separate boxes, rather than grouped with other items. Here’s a great guide for figuring out how many boxes you need.

For any fragile piece of artwork, experts recommend placing the item in the middle of the box, carefully wrapped within layers of foam and/or bubble wrap. This provides gentle cushioning to protect the item from bumps during the move, while also preventing the item from rolling or sliding around inside of the box.

When searching for boxes, be sure to get boxes that are the appropriate sizes for each item you are packing. While your friends, coworkers, and even some local businesses might be willing to donate you their unused boxes for free, this might not always be enough boxes for each move. Chances are high that you probably will also find yourself in a position where you will need to purchase some boxes. This is especially true if you are moving very large pieces of artwork and are unable to find a box big enough to fit your needs.

Are you moving any large pieces of artwork, canvases or other oversized items? If so, don’t worry. You can look for large moving boxes at local moving companies or purchase them online. If needed, you can even use common products like masking tape and cardboard to literally build your own box to custom-fit the item you are moving. (Yes… really!) In fact, for anyone with a creative mindset, this can actually be a fun - although tedious - project.

By following these tips, you can hopefully avoid breaking, tearing or otherwise damaging your beloved artwork. You’ll also save yourself some money on having to replace any damaged art supplies that could potentially become damaged during the move.

As an artist who is moving, you’ve already got enough on your plate. The last thing you need is the added stress of worrying about whether or not your beloved pieces of art will actually make it safe and sound to your new home. Hopefully, by implementing some of the proven strategies listed above, you’ll be able to reduce the chances of lost or damaged items. The good news for artists everywhere is that, with a little proactive planning, you can increase the odds of having a successful, accident-free move!