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Vacation's Treasures: Shipping art work

Posted on Tue, Feb 11, 2014

If you have ever gone on a vacation and wandered through art galleries, you know the feeling when you see an oil painting or framed photo you know you have to have. You know the perfect place in your home for that work of art. If you found a life size oil portrait that is perfect for a den or library you should look for a company with experience shipping large pieces of artwork. 


But, how will you get it home?


 If you are in a car, you could try to wrap bubble wrap or place blankets around it and hope it doesn't get damaged. Or, if you are flying you could wrap it in a box and wince as you see it thrown on the luggage conveyer belt. Or, you could use a professional service to ship your treasured art work and know that when you get home, that memory of your vacation will be safe.


But, instead of just dropping that treasure off at the first shipping store that you see, you might want to be aware of the best way to ship artwork. It's always good to be an informed consumer.  This way, you will know the questions to ask. 

  1. “How long is your location in business?”  

  2. “What is the value of the artwork that you usually ship?”  

If the location is in business fewer than three years, or if you have a piece of art work worth $3000 and their response is that the artwork that they usually ship is worth about one hundred dollars, we suggest that you keep researching a shipping location.


If the artwork is going to be shipped in a cardboard box, there are several things you will want to ensure are done to protect it.
1.    Ask for a box that is the right size that will contain padding to protect your artwork.
2.    Ask if the glass will be protected.
3.    Ask if they will have an inch of Styrofoam all around to protect the artwork during shipping and to prevent the piece of artwork from moving around inside the box. Ask if your piece of artwork will need the Styrofoam all around to protect it.
4.    Ask if bubble wrap will be used to protect your artwork during shipping.
5.    Ask if they protect the glass on the artwork?


If you want extra protection for your treasured artwork, you might want to ask the company to use a crate. For high value artwork we suggest using a full wood custom built crate.
 Even with the crate, you will want to be sure they are a company that will protect against scratches and dings. For higher valued artwork, the crate is usually the best method of packing. If you are shipping internationally, be sure the company uses heat treated wood so that it can be safely exported from the United States.


Maybe you rounded the corner in the art gallery and saw the sculpture that you have to have.  We have devoted other full blogs that discuss the most appropriate and safest way to ship sculptures. We suggest that you look at some of our prior blogs, or go directly to
http://www.pack-n-send.com/shipping/art-sculpture-shipping/ our website, for advice on sculpture shipping.

Whatever your vacation treasure is, you want a reliable company who knows how to protect your treasure.
For more information on shipping artwork, paintings, oil painting, sculptures, photos, 3D media, life-size portraits, feel free to contact us at pack n send in Houston. For more information on shipping artwork, paintings, oil painting, sculptures, photos, 3D media, life-size portraits, feel free to contact us at pack n send in Houston. We want to help you pack and ship, and protect your treasures.

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Fine art shipping-Solution for your Precious Valuables in Transit

Posted on Fri, Nov 22, 2013

Whether you are a professional in the art world or just an avid collector, the inherent value of works of art is incalculable. Art objects represent value and investments in our lives. We
cherish art for many reasons but mostly for our connections with rare objects. To preserve and maintain their care it behooves us to look into fine art shipping specialists. Professionals in the field are trained proper handling techniques. 

This is especially true when the question of fine art shipping comes up. Objects of valuable come in all different shapes and sizes, and are made up of complex material components. Fine art handlers are equipped to determine the packing and crating needs for domestic and international shipping. A special focus is paid to the proper packing techniques that will ensure the safe transport of all your valuable possessions. 

Other areas which you need to consider include matters of valuation coverage and customs concerns. Always look for a company that is well versed in these important details, which is
part of the care taking process. When employing expert services you want to make sure that the value of your art is covered. Each piece of art is regarded as a unique and valuable item.

Auction houses and museums are very familiar with fine art services professionals, and they depend on them to help guard and manage their collections.

Ask them if the company that they use to transport their artwork offers services that are available to the public at large and offer solutions for your artwork moving needs. Employing a company that provides these services will let you ship your artwork with confidence.

If you have any questions about shipping artwork, please feel free to contact pack n send in Houston at 713 266 1450 for artwork shipping solutions. 

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Get Your Art Out There with Dependable Artwork Shipping

Posted on Tue, Nov 19, 2013

 For the emerging artist nothing is quite as exciting as getting accepted into your first show.  After you have jumped for joy, called your friends and experienced the flush of
excitement - it is time to think about how you are going to make sure your artwork is delivered on time and in perfect condition. If you are not able to hand deliver your artwork or have friends or family deliver it in person, it only stands to reason you will need to have it shipped. We know artwork is your baby but that baby has just been invited to see the world!

As you are looking at your artwork with the critical eye of "how do I ship this" you may want to keep the following information in mind. 

  • Type of artwork determines the type of packing materials
         (fragile items will need extra padding), (pointed objects will need
         protection)
  • Does the weight of your artwork exceed limitations for
         certain carriers?
  • How far is the artwork traveling? Is travel time a
         factor?
  • How much time will it take for the artwork to reach its
         destination?
  • Many galleries require reusable packing and give
         guidelines for unacceptable packing materials (such as Styrofoam peanuts),
         investigate your options.
  • Do you require valuation coverage during the shipping
         process? What are your options with the different carriers?
  • Will your artwork require special handling or
         instructions?
  • Does your artwork require signature confirmation or
         confirmation of delivery?

Such is the business end of the art world. Getting to know the right company to choose for your artwork packing and shipping may require a little searching. If you have questions about the proper way to pack and send artwork, please feel free to contact pack n send in Houston information or get a quote for getting your artwork where it needs to be.

Pack n send offers the perfect solution to getting your art out there so it can advertise YOUArtwork Shipping is just one of the shipping services we specialize in, contact us for
more information or get a quote for getting your artwork where it needs to be.

Pastel painting SOLD !

 

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Houston Artwork Shipping Co Discusses Recycling Materials.

Posted on Thu, Jun 27, 2013

 So why is a shipping company involved in recycling?  Good for the environment and good for business. Customers who receive our boxes take the boxes and packing materials to other shipping centers that recycle. 

Our customers drop off their boxes and packing materials for us to reuse. Our commercial customers save boxes and have us pick up truck loads of materials for us to reuse. Like I said, good for the environment and good for business. 

So, what exactly is recycling? 

Recycling involves being conscientious of our environment. This conscientiousness means considering the actions our purchases and the natural cycle, given a finite amount of resources. Should I buy a new couch or an old one? Depending on your tastes that answer can be simple. Old. That unique item may never be made again. Only you happen to have this item in your possession. 

            Naturally, recycling includes, cardboard, glass, plastic bottles, and paper. Many of these items are reused. Paper namely has an outstanding reputation for reusability, saving an exorbitant amount of resources since its recycling has become more widespread.

 

 Sometimes not the most practical, many items can still be crafted from reused glass. Sun tea is an excellent way to reuse old glass jars. If you happen to be a gardener you can easily can your goods using old jars.

 Boxes can easily be set aside for future moves. Many places locally may even have used boxes for sale, making your move that much more cost effective. Your neighbor may even have some boxes that they’ve been hanging onto. Your local grocery store may have left over fruit and vegetable boxes that they are willing to give you.

             Recently,   construction materials have also seen uptick recyclability. The invention of a recycling robot will drastically increase the amount of materials recycled and safety.

            Houston, Texas has many great places to recycle. Some places even have curbside recycling. In order to be considered for curbside recycling your neighborhood must have a minimum of 100 homes. The Houston suburbs are also on a recycling kick. Besides homes, schools now have recycling containers on the grounds.

           A list of items that are accepted for recycling in neighborhood recycling containers are< newspaper, magazines, color ad inserts, office paper, mail, telephone books, tin, aluminum, empty aerosol cans, plastic bottles and jugs (marked with a #1 - #5, and #7, recycling symbol). 

           Electronics contain many plentiful resources as well. With a few recycling centers springing up here and there you can close that loop and recycle your old TV, computer, or cell phone.

 Even some electronics department stores are offering recycling.

For a list of acceptable items you should consult the recycling center or store but this should help you get started:

  • Computers, laptops, and tablets
  • Computer accessories
  • Speakers
  • Copiers
  • Printers
  • Scanners
  • Monitors and screens
  • TVs
  • PDAs
  • Circuit Boards
  • Phones
  • Cables
  • Cell phones & pagers 

After you drop off your recyclables these goods have many uses. Your paper and cardboard can be turned into egg and berry cartons. Office supply stores are even offering recycled notebook paper. Aluminum and tin cans can be made into bicycle and car parts. Glass, since it can continually be melted down, is reused for glass jars and bricks. Plastic is reused for items such as buckets, stadium seats, and laundry detergent bottles. 

Recently, the mayor of Houston has accepted a 1 million dollar prize to revamp the recycling process in Houston. This would involve a single-stream recycling program in which all recyclable items are placed in a bin for later sorting. Within two years the city estimates it can increase the amount being recycled by close to 5 fold.

 Houston has a center for recycled art, in which citizens can donate reusable art and craft supplies. This is one of the more unique ways people have devised in order to divert usable items from landfills.

Here at pack and send, we handle artwork shipping. One of our local artists even use trash bags in their artwork. 

If you need help with your artwork shipping, or any international shipping, please contact us in Houston Texas. As a company that has been recycling for over 30 years we look forward to doing business with other companies that try to help the environment.

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Houston Artwork Shipper Answers Questions About Artwork Shipping

Posted on Wed, Apr 03, 2013

When a customer was worried how to ship artwork, pack n send wrote a blog to help her look for an artwork shipper.

I asked a customer what she worried about when shipping artwork.

Her answer was “Just about everything.” This is an updated blog is for my customer who needs help with artwork shipping.

When you want to ship artwork, look for a company that specializes in shipping high value items. If the company is experienced at shipping delicate and valuable items for their customers, you can then ask about how they intend to ship your artwork. Think delicate pieces of glass, marble statutes and glass chandeliers.

If you intend on shipping art, or a picture with glass, ask the company if they use a special tape in order to protect the glass. This tape will attach to broken glass to make sure that a piece of artwork is not ruined if glass breaks during shipping. The tape is easily removed upon receipt of your piece of art work.  If it is a sculpture, look at crating companies that can they build a crate in their warehouse that will specifically fit your sculpture. If it a valuable oil painting, see if they  can they build a custom crate for you to match the size of your painting?

We have a few basic suggestions of things that you should look for when you are choosing a company that you would like to use to ship your art work.

 In order to move a valuable piece of artwork, a custom built crate is highly recommended. You can line the crate with one inch of Styrofoam on each side. That would be top, bottom and all four sides. By placing the picture on top of the Styrofoam that fits perfectly around the picture, you have insulated the glass from shock

 We suggest that you use a custom built crate when you are moving or shipping fine art work. Let your shipping company determine the exact measurement of your piece of artwork. You want a secure fit inside of the crate. We make these suggestions because art work shipping requires special knowledge about shipping, custom boxing and custom crate making.  For less expensive paintings, you can ask that a custom box be built. Again, ask for the box to be lined with Styrofoam. Let the shipping company do the measuring of your art work.

When looking for an artwork shipper, ask if the company ships for private collectors. Do they specialize in shipping artwork for art exhibitions and then offer to ship the artwork back to the private collector?  When you are shipping a valuable piece of art work to an auction, ask for a reusable crate to be built.  That way if the piece of artwork does not sell, you can easily have it shipped back to you. We recommend using heat treated wood that is able to be shipped worldwide. That way if you sell the artwork at a later date, you can ship it anywhere in the world.

Be sure to ask if the company that you are using ships for both auction houses, art galleries, art dealers and individuals.  If you are shipping multiple pieces of artwork at the same time to the same location, see if more than one piece of artwork can fit inside the same crate.

Can the company offer freight, moving and common carrier shipping options? This is not a one size fits all shipping arrangement. Ask if the company can offer both international and domestic shipping. Ask if the company can offer both residential and commercial pick up and delivery of art.

For my customer, I hope that these suggestions helps you ease your mind the next time you would like to ship a piece of artwork.

 

If you have any other questions about shipping a piece of art work, please feel free to contact pack n send at 713 266 1450. Pack n send is a Houston crating company that picks up and ships art work both in Houston and all over the United States.

 

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Houston Artwork Shipper lists Caryn Landuer Artwork

Posted on Fri, Mar 29, 2013

 This appears to be the first time that a piece of Caryn Landuers work has been listed for sale on eBay.

It is an original oil painting that is 11 7/8 x 8 7/8 x 1 7/8. It can hang flat on the wall or as shown here, can be hung at an angle in the corner.  What a unique way to display her artwork!

The Landauer Art Studio-Showroom has been based in Houston, Texas for the past 15 years.

 They are a mother & daughter team of abstract artists known as a Mother-Daughter Duo. Caryn Landauer was born into a family of artists also including her brother and aunt.  She says she was destined to be an artist.  She can remember always doing some kind of artwork herself, whether it was painting, drawing, writing, or photography.   Sharing a love for art has played a large part in this special mother daughter relationship. They will sometimes paint on the same piece of artwork because something special often happens.

 Their originals have been placed in many residential homes and corporate settings. They have artwork in several Houston hospitals; including Baylor College of Medicine, Memorial Hermann Hospital locations and  a piece of artwork in the Chevron building downtown.

 Their artwork consists of a wide variety of abstract acrylics, pastels & water­colors in different sizes and different price ranges created on paper, wood or canvas. Their Paintings range from small 8”x 10” to some very large works of art that range from 2’- 3’ X 5’- 6’, vertical or horizontal.

  They have exhibitions at their studio plus are a part of many galas, and events in the Houston and surrounding areas. They paint many custom pieces and enjoy working with a multitude of different colors & textures on a continually changing basis for home  or office. The challenge of creating a variety of different styles of work is something that is truly gratifying and appreciated by their clients.  They also do live demonstrations for groups; creating a painting from start to finish!

 For Caryn and Ruth Landauer, art is all about color and design and texture. They enjoy painting small paintings as well as large six feet canvases.  Their interest is abstract art which draws the viewer emotionally to their work.

 Caryn generally paints with acrylics which allow her to experiment freely with layers and layers of color.  Adding texture makes her work even more interesting.   Wonderful things happen on her canvases; different light throughout the day adds extra interest for the viewer. 

 At times Caryn will start a piece with such thick texture that the paint seems to pop off the canvas's surface; "dry brushing" sporadically over the piece afterwards lends itself to fascinating designs from various perspectives.

 Ruth paints in many mediums, including water color, pastels and acrylic. Many years ago she started mixing the mediums.  She will often start with watercolor and  acrylic and add pastel or ink which creates a rich, interesting appearance to her artwork.   Sometimes she combines all four of these mediums.  Her work varies from pure abstract designs to abstract landscapes, "beachscapes" (seascapes), or "floralscapes" (floral) paintings.   

  It truly is all about color for Caryn and Ruth Landauer.

                                                   Caryn Landauer  Artist Statement

It seems I have always been an artist.  I come from a family of artists, each of us using

different mediums.  I have been involved with some form of creativity since I was very young, whether it was photography, painting or poetry.

Painting is a way of expressing myself.   My paintings change constantly.  Depending on a particular day, depending on a feeling, a thought, an observation; the colors and style may change in major ways; sometimes even looking so different that one would not know they were created by the same painter.

I like working with acrylics best.  I like to play with layers and layer of different colors & see the outcome.

I enjoy abstract art, since for me, it is a release, a necessity."

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Ruth Landauer: Artist Statement:

"My paintings are about color, contrast, patterns and design, lights and darks.  They are about the surprises that occur from layering colors and shapes so that each layer plays a part in the finished work.  Each painting evolves as the shapes and interplay of color create a unified and exciting whole.  Acrylics and pastels are my favorite mediums because they lend themselves to this type of experimental work.

 

I hope to create a painting that keeps drawing the observer to it because there is always a new discovery to be made.  It might be individual parts of the painting where something interesting is happening or it might be the painting as a whole.  It is for the observer to decide. "

 

When looking for an artwork shipper in Houston, please feel free to contact pack n send at 713 266 1450.

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Heirloom Holiday Shipping Advice from a Houston Shipping Co.

Posted on Tue, Nov 20, 2012

As the holiday season approaches we find more and more grandparents who would like to pass on family heirlooms to sons, daughter, niece’s nephews, granddaughters and grandsons.

We would like to offer a few shipping solutions for furniture and large items that you would like to ship to a family member. If you are shipping more than one item, please try and ship all items at the same time. This is usually a money saver.

If you can drop off the item at the shipping location, this should save you a pick up fee. 

Look at having furniture and antiques either boxed, blanket wrapped and moved or shipped via freight.

For some of your small items, simple shipping via a common carrier may be your least expensive option. Make sure your heirloom is professionally packed. Basically, you should be able to stand on your box or crate and the top should not move. Remember, that boxes get stacked, loaded onto container belts and sometimes tossed around. You want to make sure that your gift is heavily protected against damage during the shipping process. 

If you choose to have your furniture moved by a blanket wrap mover, ask if you can take out valuation protection for loss or damage during the move. Remember, when you place one or two pieces of furniture on the truck, there will be other furniture on the truck with your items. The truck will stop at other locations to pick up and deliver other customers furniture. You should ask if the driver can call a day ahead of time to let your relative know when the gift will be delivered. Also ask to have the driver call your relative when he is about an hour away from the drop off. 

If you choose to ship your heirloom via freight, you should be able to specify the date of delivery. In general with freight the items are delivered to the curb.  Your relative will be responsible for unloading the pallet, box or crate and disposing of it on his/her own.  While you can request inside delivery and haul off of the packaging, this usually will cost more. Again, be sure to ask for valuation coverage for loss or damage during the shipping process.

If you have any more questions about shipping during this holiday season, please be sure to call pack n send in Houston at 713 266 1450 and we would be happy to give you shipping advice.

 image photo : Antique furniture

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