When shipping artwork around it is ideal to have custom wooden crates made to the right size. It protects the artwork and makes shipping and handling easier and safer. It is often cheaper buying ready made plastic.
Recommended companies: Packable, wood approved for international shipment, fast turnaround, many options.
Documentation is not the work. You need to plan your photo shot in away that it records a sense of your artwork. This may mean you need to do a number of different things. A general installation shot to give an idea of scale and contextualising the work within the space. A cropped shot of a piece to display it clearly. A close shot to show materials and texture. A clear and straightforward recording of the work is what you should be after. Decide which material you wish to record your work in, i.e. colour slide film (transparencies), colour prints, black & white or digital. 8230;
Culturegrid is a huge index of cultural assets in the UK (books, photographs, videos, locations8230;), and has a search API. At the moment it doesn8217;t return the large images for the URLs it indexes. This adds that feature.
Here are some commercial printers I have worked with for a variety of jobs, and personally recommend. They have different specialities.
Please remember, these are commercial printers aiming at trade business (namely book, publishers or graphic designers). That is to say, not only will they expect perfect PDFs/artwork, but when costing a job, they would expect a fairly firm specification to quote to.
While everyone I8217;ve worked with is very helpful and generous, please be considerate of their time when asking for quotes. Do your research first and ask for staff advice if you have never worked with a commercial printer before. The possibilities are as infinite as all the different books you have seen, so firm up details such as paper colour, texture, weight, page number, run size8230; some may have the time to suggest the best options within a set budget.
Calverts 8211; a cooperative in south London, they use only soy ink, so no petrochemicals.
Tompkin Press 8211; reasonable prices, very good for smaller dimension jobs and books
Young Print - family run business in Croydon, great for bespoke finishing, fast turn-around
I use interparcel.com for most shipments I send. They are a broker for all the major couriers. They are much more reliable and helpful than other brokers. This means they offer low costs of major account holders. I find the 8220;Interparcel Standard8221; service the best. This is UPS in disguise. Same day pickup with next day delivery. You only have to print one A5 label an attach to the parcel, no extra paperwork like TNT or Fedex.
Interparcel have major accounts with the world8217;s largest and most trusted courier companies. Thanks to our massive buying power we have secured huge discounts off their normal selling rates. This allows us to offer you some of the lowest parcel delivery prices in the country!
We8217;re the UK8217;s largest online parcel broker
Excellent Customer Service
Largest range of courier services
Telephone, Email & Live Chat Support
They will even ship crates up to an insured value of £1000.