As a picture framer, you would make frames to protect and display a variety of items such as photographs, posters and pictures, certificates, and 3-D objects like medals or dried flowers.
Your work would involve:
- discussing requirements with the customer
- deciding or advising on a style and material for the frame
- working out costs and presenting them to the customer for approval
- cutting glass and materials for the backing, mount and frame to the correct size
- mounting the object
- assembling the frame
- fixing the object in the frame
- packing, and possibly delivering, the finished product.
If you own a shop, you may also sell other items such as prints, cards and artists’ materials, and would have to carry out all the administrative tasks involved in running a business.
What qualifications and experience will employers look for?
You do not need any set qualifications to be a picture framer, although employers will expect you to have a good standard of general education.
You can do short or part-time picture framing courses at colleges, adult education centres and private centres. Some centres also offer weekend and residential courses.
Visit the Fine Art Trade Guild website for details of training provided by trainers with Guild qualifications.
What further training and development can I do?
You would usually receive training on the job, working alongside a more experienced framer.
The Fine Art Trade Guild is the trade association for the sector. You can achieve their Guild Commended Framer award by taking tests which are offered at centres throughout the UK. The award is internationally recognised as the qualification for the framing industry.
The Guild also awards advanced qualifications in textiles and mount design and cutting, and produces a range of publications on all aspects of framing. As a Guild member you will have access to information and support services and be listed in the Guild directory. Visit the Fine Art Trade Guild website for membership details.