Picture Framer

Picture Framers work to assemble and cut out mouldings to create picture frames. They may frame photographs, paintings, needlework, and other artwork. No formal education is required.

Duties and tasks

  • Assemble the backs of frames (often cardboard) and uses staples, screw eyes, etc. to keep pictures in place
  • Cuts glass and pictures using special tools to fit in frames
  • Frames photographs in stock frames or custom-made frames
  • May frame specialized paintings/portraits, etc. in museums, galleries, etc.
  • May redecorate or repair old/broken frames
  • Work with customers to discuss framing options/wishes

Skills required

  • Ability to do precise work
  • Ability to handle a variety of tools such as staplers, power tools, saws, etc.
  • An interest in photography/framing and an artistic ability
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Good concentration/dexterity skills
  • Math skills to calculate measurements and costs
  • No formal education/training is required, but on-the-job training is often provided

Working conditions

Picture Framers often work in small shops in small teams. They may also be self-employed, or specialists may work in educational environments or art galleries. Their environments are typically well-lit, clean and comfortable. They may need to work with customers on a daily basis.

Professional associations / Industry information

ASA Conservation Framing 

Furniture Industry Association of Australia 

Manufacturing Skills Australia 

Picture Framers Guild of Australia 

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