Where Can I Store My Kid's Art?
The List’s very own mom-in-the-know shares her Hong Kong tips and tricks with readers.
My 5-year-old daughter loves to make art but I don’t have space in my home to store (and nicely display!) all her noodle sculptures and pictures. What are some solutions?
– Picasso Parent
It can be tricky, Picasso Parent, to decide what pieces to collect and which to cull. Inevitably, retaining a curated collection of kiddy artwork is the best solution for storage-starved Hong Kong flats. One way to lessen the load is to go through each piece with your daughter periodically, and make two piles: A for archive and B for Bin.
If you are really tight for space, Artkive (www.artkiveapp.com) is an awesome app that allows you to take photos and archive each of your child’s artworks, so you can at least keep a digital copy. You can tag and organize them on the app, and even create galleries for different children. Even better, you can opt to mail all the physical artworks to Artkive (email for custom international requests), who will photograph the works professionally and turn them into a fantastic hardcover book or keepsake.
You could of course carry out the same process of documenting and printing your own binded book in Hong Kong, and there are plenty of print shops dotted around town. Ma King Kee Diazo Printing (www.makingkee.com) is a good one with locations all over Hong Kong Island and Kowloon, with its main branch in Wan Chai (Shop 6, Rialto Building, 2 Landale St., Wan Chai, 2529-7961).
If you can’t bear to part with any of your child’s masterpieces, Spacebox (www.spacebox.com.hk) offers on-demand storage—just order your boxes, pack, tag, and organize, and Spacebox will handle the rest at its climate-controlled facility. You can browse the inventory through a phone app at any time, and when you feel like reminiscing through old finger paintings, you can call and have specific boxes returned with next-day delivery.
Want to show off your kid’s work more prominently? The GoVinci Backpack (stockists include Bumps to Babes, www.bumpstobabes.com) doubles as an adorable on-the-go drawing table, featuring a clear frame that displays your child’s art.
For real masterpieces, Lucy Moose’s Stuff Your Doodles (www.lucymoose.com), based in Scotland, can bring your child’s drawing to life via a custom-made stuffed toy. Commissions start from £80 ($970), but the final price and timeframe vary depending on the drawing. Definitely neater than holding on to stale macaroni art for years!