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fern

Grumbler in Training
Hi, I'm new here so if this post is in the wrong place I apologize.

I would love to know how one goes about becoming a professional picture framer. I am interested in pursuing a career in this field. I have a BFA in fine art (printmaking) and after a few years of unsuccessfully trying to become an artist I am looking at other options. I love art and definitely want a job where I'm working with art and after a bit of research I think that I have the right temperament for this kind of work.

My dilemma is that other than a one day tutorial on the basics of mat cutting and framing, in one of my college printmaking classes I don't know much about the process of professional picture framing. So I'm wondering; do people who own framing shops hire entry level workers and train them, (kind of like apprenticeships)? Or do I need to take a class first? If anyone here can advise me on how to get my foot in the door I would really appreciate it.
 
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jim_p

SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer
My dilemma is that other than a one day tutorial on the basics of mat cutting and framing, in one of my college printmaking classes I don't know much about the process of professional picture framing. So I'm wondering; do people who own framing shops hire entry level workers and train them, (kind of like apprenticeships)? Or do I need to take a class first? If anyone here can advise me on how to get my foot in the door I would really appreciate it.
You can go either route. I first started out matting and framing my wife's artwork, then when I decided to go into the business I took a one-week intensive class. Paul Cascio (another Grumbler... look him up!) runs the place.

When it came time to hire an assistant, I hired a photographer with a good eye who had gone to design school. I figured it's better to hire someone with good design sense and train them in the craft of framing. She has learned quite a bit since she started, but she still leaves some of the tricky stuff to me :)

One good thing about the particular school I went to is that he spent roughly equal amounts of time teaching the *craft* of framing and the *business* of framing. You need both if you're going to run a successful business.
 

rodmurrow

CGF, Certified Grumble Framer
My wife & I also took the course with Paul & Vicki Cascio - and appreciated the dual focus on framing skill and business. We were starting a business for our retirement years and were happy that Paul & Vicki came to Dallas, which was a reasonable drive for us. We've been open since December 1 and have never had a day that we've not been busy framing (in a town of 6,000 or so, no less).
 

Framing:

In Corner
Welcome

You will also have to find someone to show you the secret handshake.
 

Framing:

In Corner
Ah only kidding about the handshake. :)

Taking Pauls training will set you up well to get a job start in many framing businesses, it would also set you up to consider at some stage having your own framing operation.

Paul is very passionate about the framing industry, he delights in imparting his knowledge to his students.

The best of luck with your plans.
 

janetj1968

PFG, Picture Framing God
Work for someone for enough years to get a bit of experience under your belt to get an overall idea.

And then brush up by learning how things should REALLY be done by buying out of PPFA's library....

Should be the same thing, but its often not.
 

MaJa

SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer
Welcome to the Grumble!!

Another vote for Paul!

AJ and I took his class and it was great!!

You will also find this website a weath of knowledge. You can search and find answers to the craziest questions. And if nothing comes up in a search ... just ask!

:thumbsup:

Have fun and GOOD LUCK!
 

danny boy

PFG, Picture Framing God
Welcome Fern. The 'Grumble is a great source of inspiration and instruction. You are going to love it here.
 

Classic Art Bob

SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer
Well if you want on the job training I'm sure there are more than a few in here who would take you in as apprentice then sell you their store! Give me a call in about 5 years, we can talk.:thumbsup:
 

framerbob

CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2
My one piece of advice… READ THE BOOK “The E Myth” (if you have not already) I am reading it right now at the recommendation of some other small business owners and it is fantastic. Everything I wish I had known when I first started my business.

It’s a short book, and an easy read, but very helpful especially to someone who is just thinking of starting a new business
 

CAframer

SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer
Best advice is to make sure you start off with enough cash :)
 

JbNormandog

SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer
Another voice to the chorus but if I were starting out I would give Paul Casio a call.

He has called me in the past and offered very good advice.

Bob (Paul, I expect my finders fee will be in the mail shortly)
 

shayla

WOW Framer
Welcome to the Grumble, Fern! :smiley:

I learned when some friends hired me to work in
their shop. That was eighteen years ago, and I
still love the creativity of it. Whatever you do,
I wish you success!
 

adkres

True Grumbler
getting started

Fern
Where in upstate NY are you.
I`m in the ADKS, and have a shop and bldg willing to go cheap and will teach you all that you need to know about running a shop and can make a decent living at.
 
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