Each piece of art is unique and each medium has its own specific instructions on how to care for it so that it will last a long time and give you the same pleasure as on the day you bought it.

Some art shouldn’t be hung in direct sunlight, others can, some you can clean with water, others you can’t. Some you can polish, some can’t be hung outside, and so on.

I have been asked this question many times from customers and gallerists alike and in this post I will give you some answers on how you best look after your piece of art, in particular my latest harakeke constructions (have a look here)

Most of my harakeke work is natural, means undyed. There is absolutely no problem with displaying it in a spot the sun hits. Works that have dyed elements in it, whether its natural or commercial dye, should be displayed out of direct sunlight.

Avoid humidity. When I first started weaving I made the big mistake (and believe me I wouldn’t be the first one) storing my harvested and dried harakeke out in the porch, away from the rain. After the winter, the whole bunch had mold growing on it – despite keeping it out of the rain, it was still hanging in damp conditions. Since then the best place I found is in my lounge…

So, if you are thinking of buying my work (or any other harakeke artwork) keep this in mind when looking for a place to display it.

Dusting – the easiest way I find to get rid of  dust, is to use a soft dusting brush, ideally made from natural fibres or (ostrich) feathers. A clean (new) paintbrush with soft bristles (I use one with goat hair) will do the job. Occasionally I use an airbrush.

But never ever soak, rinse, or wipe my work with water! If you do find excrements of flies for example, you can use a super damp soft cloth and carefully only wipe that spot.

Oh and the vacuum cleaner is NO option here.

I hope this might answer some of your questions.