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Selecting The Right Art Portfolio

Selecting The Right Art Portfolio



For some artists, the black zipper case will just never do. For those working in three dimensions such as package designers, or artists with thicker samples like textiles, a box-style portfolio is an option. Document storage boxes of the type used in museums can be very attractive as the basis for a portfolio; the metal tag holder on the end looks classic and charming.

A stack of display boards can be shown one after the other from a Lineco Document Storage Box (the boards can also be joined from behind into an accordion using Lineco linen mounting tape). Don’t forget to put a cloth ribbon underneath to facilitate easy removal of the boards.

Fashion designers often like to deviate from the “black briefcase” look. Many artists in this profession favor exotic, handmade papers over plain black page inserts. Black Ink brand Asian-style papers with natural inclusions make a good backdrop for textiles and garments. 3M Super 77 can be used to drymount thin papers to heavier stock.

Another alternative presentation technique is the old-fashioned folder with ribbon ties, such as the Cachet Classic Portfolio. The kraft version is easy to customize with a printed label or cover plate, which can be glued right on.

The portfolio is like each artist’s portable, personal museum. The techniques you use in customizing yours can give your artwork the edge in competing for jobs, scholarships and choice schools.

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