Recently I had to put together my portfolio and came across a HUGE problem: most of my work is not flat. A traditional portfolio case would not fit anything I've done. My incredibly talented friend Charise Harper (illustrator, children's book writer, all-around creative guru) came over my house yesterday and said, "Why don't you just make a portfolio case?" And after looking around my dining room she spotted an empty wine crate and handed it to me. "Make it out of this."
And I did! I added a hardboard lid and covered it with an old NYC map I found at the Hell's Kitchen Flea Market a month ago. I also used buckles, brackets, screws, and wing nuts that were salvaged from a broken desk, bag, or lamp. But I couldn't avoid a trip to the local hardware store for hinges and a handle.
Here is a little video of my (mostly) finished portfolio case:
Thank you, Charise! You are a genius.