On Friday I was lucky enough to take part in a workshop on packing and crating artwork conducted by Paul Marcon from the Canadian Conservation Institute. It was a fabulous experience and I learned so much – especially how much better of a job I could do in packing original artwork for shipping (hey at least I’m doing a good job with my prints). The morning was spent in a lecture with a hands-on component in the afternoon. For the hands-on portion we got to try packing incredibly fragile un-fired pottery and sculpture in crates and then we proceeded to throw the crates off of progressively higher ladders outside in the snow trying to break the contents – it was wonderfully therapeutic (more than one “mwahaha” was heard). If you’re looking for information on how to pack and crate items yourself I recommend checking out the Canadian Conservation Institute’s website – them have a number of free references that are really worthwhile. Now to go build myself some crates.