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Exhibitsmith HQ

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 myhome 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?

3 thoughts on “Exhibitsmith HQ

  1. I store most everything in those plastic shoeboxes or the bigger Rubbermaid plastic bins. Of course, I wouldn’t recommend it as proper housing for things like photographs or archival materials, but they’re great for supplies! I’ve had ceiling water leaks (from the A/C unit busting and also a broken upstairs shower drain) in previous apartments, so I am absolutely terrified of water damage. And the shoeboxes stack so neatly, and make moving really easy because everything is contained.

    Now, if only I had more closet space…

      • Yeah, I have some basics like adhesives and a few sheets of Japanese tissues. A few blotters, but no binder’s board or bookcloth stashes. I will probably buy a lying press in the very near future, but thus far I’ve been able to manage with my extensive brick and boards collection.

        I can do very minor work at home, and simple bookbinding projects. Basically I can do treatments that don’t absolutely require a nipping press or a board shear to look professional. So far it’s been re-backs and bristol binds.

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