To sleeve or not to sleeve?
I received an interesting email recently that I’d like to share with you. I was asked if when selling my books on consignment, do I enclose them in protective sleeves.
In an ideal world, I’d love for my work to always stay pristine with no chance of damage. Of course, when it comes to consignment, this is something that is out of my control.
In general, I send my books off without sleeves and hope for the best. I think it’s important for people to be able to touch my books, turn the pages, and feel the texture of the materials. If a book is intended to be used, then I should be okay with people handling my work.
Plastic sleeves are a potential barrier – they send the message that something shouldn’t be touched. How many packages have you opened so that you could examine the contents? I don’t do that very often.
I believe that people are pretty conscientious when it comes to touching handmade things. In all the years I’ve done craft shows, I’ve never experienced any major losses and I’d like to think that this translates into the consignment environment.
I would like to add that I have total respect for galleries that prefer for work to be packaged in protective sleeves. They have a lot of work to take care of and there’s no way that they can keep their eyes on everything. I know that they do their best to keep work safe.
What do you think? To sleeve or not to sleeve? I’d love to hear what you have to say about it!