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5 Ways You’ve Been Storing Your Art Wrong

Creating artwork is a complex process, so a lot of care has to be taken when handling pieces of art. There are several reasons why you may need to store your artworks. It may be because you are planning on moving or because you want some extra space in the room. Art is very delicate, and its value can only be retained by carrying out proper storage procedures. Storing a piece of art is not the same as storing books or any other reading material. It is a unique process that has rules. Rules which have to be followed to maintain the original condition of the art. Here are five ways you’ve been storing your art wrong.

1 – Storing Art in Basements and Attics

ladder going up to attic with christmas tree in storage

Storing art in basements or attics is also another common practice that most people choose to do without thinking twice. The room in which an artwork is stored will determine whether it will maintain the original aesthetic value or if it will depreciate. Art needs to be stored in a room that is within the main house. This will help in protecting it from harsh environmental conditions such as excessive sunlight which may fade the piece of art. Basements and attics are also dumpy, making it very easy for mould to destroy the artwork. Therefore when storing art, it is recommended to pick a room that is airtight, free from sunlight and has a reasonably pleasant temperature. But if you insist upon storing your collections in your basement, look to airtight glass cabinets to keep your artwork in pristine condition.

2 – Lack of Documentation

When storing art, always ensure that you keep accurate records of the artwork being stored. Through this, you will be able to know if there have been damages done by outside parties handling your art roughly. Documentation may also involve labelling the pieces of art being stored to avoid unnecessary confusion. These documentations will not only protect the artwork from damage but can also be used when claiming insurance on a damaged piece of art. Detailed documentation during storage is mandatory for all established art collectors.

3 – Bad Storage Positions

This may sound simple, but most people usually assume this when storing framed artworks. In as much as they are in frames, these pieces of art are the most delicate, especially when they are stacked together in a risky position. Such positions may involve placing several artworks against a wall or stacking them on top of one another. This may prove to be very dangerous due to the weight of the frames. Art placement requires meticulous effort. So much so that there are dedicated modular exhibition wall systems to set and forget about it. If proper care is not taken, the frames can break, causing damage to the piece of art.

4 – Poor Storage Preparation

When storing art, there are a number of factors that must be considered. Before storing art, there are storage materials that you must acquire prior to the storage. This may include boxes that are uniquely designed for storage purposes. When packing up artwork for storage, there is a way in which you are supposed to wrap the artwork to prevent air from blowing directly at it. All these equipment have to be obtained before storage to avoid a last-minute rush.

5 – Mass Storage

Storing different artworks as a cluster is probably the worst thing you can do. When storing art, ensure that you handle one piece at a time. Mass storage of art may make them rub against each other, and this may lead to serious damages. It can also lead to wear and tear of artworks that are made from materials. Art stored in this way is also like to fold up, lowering the value of whatever it represents. When several artworks are clumped together in storage, accidents may occur, causing you to lose all your work. To avoid this, always store your art separately and preferably in different rooms.

Art therapy affecting employee performance.

My company recently announced that it is hosting a wine and paint day for workers this spring. It’s a chance to eat some cheese, make anything you can hang up and enjoy your colleagues’ artwork. I’m excited about this because one of my colleagues and I regularly discuss paintings we are working on, and artwork shows she is planning to attend.

It’s also great for us because our walls are boringly off-white, blank and an overall bummer to look at. We are in need of something for those partitions. It was a picture of Rod Blagojevich’s face on a rat’s body with a few dark, underworld-esque background.

This got me thinking about the effect creating art can have on your brain, anxiety levels and general health, and there is a lot to be optimistic about.

According to an article on the benefits of art therapy –“a type of expressive psychotherapy which uses the creative process of creating art to enhance an individual’s physical, psychological, and psychological well-being” — the advantages of producing art include a general sense of relief, overall better mental health, diminished stress and the opportunity to process complex emotions. It is a tool that people can use for their own advantage or a legitimate sort of treatment that professionals use to deal with people who have an assortment of psychological or psychological disorders like cancer, PTSD, psychological abuse and bipolar disorder.

The art studio out of my figure drawing course during college.

I took a figure drawing class in school while I studied abroad in Rome, and it would often be my favorite part of the week. After sitting on some early church’s steps nearby for 30 minutes and people-watching, I would get three hours at a quiet, dusty studio. It was an excellent opportunity to focus on one job for three hours straight and clear my mind of to-do lists and duties.

A different article from Business Insider also recorded several advantages of earning art for the ordinary person. Noteworthy here is that “making art” does not need to mean drawing or painting; it may be sculpting, dancing, making music or some other creative pursuit. Also, there are lots of scientific studies which were conducted to support the potential advantages of creating art.

There is still further research to be done, but lots of these research results show promise. A Journal of Applied Cognitive Psychology research found that when folks doodle while listening to dull info, they are more likely to keep in mind that information and remain focused.

I believe that the office could learn a thing or two from those lessons. Sleeping enough, with a nutritious diet and exercising can help with stress relief, naturally, but something about the creative side can help, too.

The focus of health initiatives is so often something physical. Take this many measures; shed that lots of pounds; take a yoga class this several times a week; monitor your blood pressure another body measurement on this program. There’s a trend moving toward psychological or psychological well-being in health programs, but there is still more to be seen what happens in this area.

A collage of the Chicago Skyline made from portions of Chicago Tribune’s Sunday crosswords my loved ones, and I have finished.

I once asked a health professional I met at a seminar if workers could use funds given to them via an employer-sponsored wellness program on activities like art courses. Her response was that though that notion was fine in theory, it is tough to gauge the effects of the something like this.

So often it feels like corporate health programs are a lot more focused on what could be counted. Needless to say, there is a reason for this. This way results can be quantified, which permits a company to measure the effect of the program.