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
- 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 conditionsPicture 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 informationASA Conservation Framing
Furniture Industry Association of Australia
Manufacturing Skills Australia
Picture Framers Guild of Australia
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