I thought you might be interested to have a little “behind the scenes” look into Exhibitsmith HQ.
You’ve already seen some of the more exciting action shots here, but I thought I’d give you a little tour of my “home office.” Notice how the quotations are in boldface–in actuality, a large part of my “office” is a very shallow linen closet.
The rest is contained in a filing cabinet.
Since a lot of my freelance work requires me to be on the road, I have a lot of my supplies and resources carefully packed away in convenient (but not particularly “archival”) plastic bins. In these bins are preservation supplies, a growing educational collection of historic photos, papers and textiles I use for workshops, scores of supply catalogs, and tools for exhibit installation. I also keep a stock of supplies on hand just in case a client needs something while I’m on the job, since we can’t run out to the store to pick up a lot of “archival” stuff.
As for reference books, my collection is constantly growing. I have the staples, such as Exhibit Labels by Beverly Serrell, New Museum Registration Methods, and Chennall’s Nomenclature, and also some personal favorites such as Dressed for the Photographer and My Likeness Taken, both by Joan Severa.
I manage to fit a lot of useful stuff in that closet, but I know I’m going to outgrow it one of these days.
How do you store your stuff?