First productive post! So yeah. ANSWER THE QUESTION, INTERNET.
Most people seem to appreciate the plastic bags I store my prints in, and you can get them for really really ridiculously cheap. On the other hand, I've been getting some feedback from others that a rolled format would be more convenient, because even though the plastic bag protects stuff like prints it can still be crushed or folded. An alternative would be mailing tubes, and they're pretty easy to find in bulk. Failing that, there are always rubber bands. Either way, having some way of bundling up your products is really good for business and people definitely appreciate it.
The best place for a lot of different storage/display options is clearbags.com
I feel like they deliberately named their website this way so artists everywhere could indulge in that little moment of abashment because it's so goddamn obvious. And yet, it's not. So silly.
|Sweet and sturdy design on a budget. I'll have to track down the artist who came up with this later, but for now, credit goes to anonymous.|
A common set-up for stand-up displays is PVC piping+Table clamps. The one I see most and the ones I use are the blue-and-yellow Irwin clamps
I think you can get two for like $15 if not cheaper depending on where you go, so your entire display will probably come out to less than $20. Grab some PVC piping and those connector bits and things and you're good to go!
Regarding PVC piping...
If you travel a lot or require a fairly large display, don't be afraid to chop up your piping into a lot of smaller pieces! I'd say having a good handful of PVC segments from 1.5'~2' each would be ideal. One of my friends in the Alley has a good buttload of these things so she can customize her display stand to her liking/the table size. Sometimes she has some left over too, which she lends out to people who might need to expand their display stands. She keeps them all in a little drawstring bag and tosses those in her luggage case for easy traveling. Pretty sweet idea!
The diameter of the tube isn't really that important, I think. 1/2" is pretty study on its own and is more than enough to support art prints. If you want to hang heavier stuff on, though, 1" or greater would be your best bet.
Those connector bits also help stabilize/strengthen longer segments. I brought in two reaaaallly looooong pipe segments for my display stand at Fanime this year and it kinda sucked because it was always leaning back/wobbling/was unstable. It fell like once during the convention, but having to deal with all that (and risking hitting someone) is kiiiiind of a hassle. Smaller segments=sturdier, and if you attach them securely and correctly, the connector bits will help reinforce their structure. It seems kind of obvious, but it's also easy to overlook!
In terms of hanging things up onto your piping, there are a variety of ways of doing that too. Scotch tape is ghetto as hell, but effective. For the most part, if you're going to use tape, stick (Ha ha, pun so not intended) to something transparent because it looks nicer. Scotch/invisible tape is good because it's also easy to pull off. I've also seen artists use paperclips or bulldog clips to hang prints onto each other. This is nice because it makes tear-down easy. Other options are binder rings to hang the prints to the top of your display. You can more or less ransack your office supply store and find tons of great knicknacks for displaying things. Ikea's photo frame section also has a lot of really cool stuff you can use to display your art for really cheap. Root around! Be unconventional!
This is my current WIP. I'll probably post these a lot on this blog, both for feedback and to look like a totally hip and cool and productive artiste, which, I'm sure we all know, is complete horseshit! It's a commission of Dr. Raymond Stantz from Ghostbusters! Which... I should...probably watchokayI'mgoingnowdon'tjudgeme.