lorie.gallery is an artwork portfolio website I developed from scratch for my grandmom, a professional artist with decades of experience. It was designed to mimic the aesthetics of a white-cube museum gallery. Artworks can be selectively viewed by choosing them from a grid-view of thumbnails. When displayed individually, each artwork is set within a prominent white border with metadata displayed below à la a gallery plaque. Starting from scratch allowed for full control over the formatting without the excess overhead generated by a website builder.
The other component of this system is a portable editor utility. It modifies a local copy of the website which can be uploaded to any hosting provider. This editor allows individual gallery items to be created, modified, and reordered. It's based on a python script which handles file I/O and launches a GUI in a browser window. All of this results in a lightweight website which loads and runs quickly on any computer, and a portable back-end with negligible dependencies which will last many years. This is important because artwork collections can be created and managed over generations, and the tools we use to curate them should be as enduring as possible.