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American Folk Art & Country Primitives is an increasingly admired collectible. Artwork in the American Folk Art & Country Primitives category provides a means to see images from an artist’s everyday life. Collectors can protect their investment by considering how they can best clean and preserve an art piece using the most appropriate methods.
Since American Folk Art & Country Primitives is often made of natural materials, it is vulnerable to sunlight and other conditions. When purchasing a buyer should look to see if the artist has included any care instructions for the piece and follow any recommendations. To clean, most collectors should routinely dust it with a soft brush or cloth. More invasive cleaning should be done under the advice of an art conservationist, who can recommend what cleaning methods, if any, should be applied to a piece.
American Folk Art & Country Primitives should be stored in a cool, dry place after it has been cleaned. Wrapping items in acid-free tissue paper is the first step in protecting a piece from any damage that can occur while in storage. If the artwork is fabric-based, additional layers of tissue should be added between any folds that are made in the piece. Sturdy, acid-free boxes should be used to house a folk art piece during storage, with enough room available to allow cushioning on all sides. Additionally, silica packets can be added to the storage box before closing to reduce the risk of humidity affecting the artwork.
Using a number of simple preservation, display, and storage techniques will allow you to keep your collection in top condition. Conduct a little investigation into the background of the art to find out where it originated and how it was created. Having this knowledge will help you choose the correct means of taking care of your treasures.
Written by Tamara Pearce, owner of Pearce’s Craft Shop. KKL Primitives