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Where do framers come from?

Discussion in 'The Grumble' started by Paul Cascio, Jun 2, 2009.

  1. ScottB

    ScottB Grumbler in Training

    Artist.

    Free Lance Artist
     
  2. JWB9999999

    JWB9999999 SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    - Electrical Engineer - did design work on the F-16 figter jet and Israeli flight simulators
    - Marketing electrical products in Belgium
    - Business process improvement consultant, maintenance and logistics, based out of: USA, France, Burma, United Arab Emirates, Argentina, France again (yes, I moved around a lot)
    - Business process improvement consultant, sales and marketing, Switzerland
    - Salesman, high-end construction hand tools and consumables
    - *retired*
    - Frame shop manager
    - Frame shop owner and French language tutor

    I'm 41.
     
  3. JRB

    JRB PFG, Picture Framing God

    9: Daily paper rout.
    11: Pin boy in a bowling alley that still used pins. 5 pin and 10 pin.
    16: Dishwasher
    17: Fry Cook then set up cook in a steak house.
    18: Army
    21: Dispatcher, newspaper office.
    21: Delivery truck driver for a blueprint co.
    22: Lived off my paintings.
    24: Part time picture framer at Aaron Brothers before they were a Big Box operation.
    24: Went and got married.
    24: Needed a full time job so became full time picture framer
    24: Manger of Aaron Brothers Picture Frames and gallery, La Jolla. I was the only employee for about a year.
    25: Set up Aaron Brothers first Big Box store on Midway Drive in San Diego.
    27: Regional Manager for Aaron Brothers San Diego, Palm Springs, Nevada, Arizona. Trouble shooter for Len Aaron, entire chain.
    30: Went and got unmarried.
    34: Started my own massive picture framing operation in a one car garage in 1976. Spent the rest of my life making picture frames, over and over.
    Had assorted hobbies and interests along the way.
    I'm 66 and still making picture frames, over and over, and over. Looking for a way out, well sorta.

    John
     
  4. Nancy W

    Nancy W CGF, Certified Grumble Framer

    I freelanced art for hire for 10 years, it involved murals,portraits, calligraphy,logos,brochures,illustration... I use all those skills now in framing and like framing much better. A brick and mortar building and clients coming to me has huge appeal.
     
  5. mikki

    mikki MGF, Master Grumble Framer

    Harris School of Art....newspaper ad for frame shop help 1982..

    frame shop home town 18 years solid had to get out...


    (T. Lewis) massage school 2000
    framing in my garage two years as an add on to massage
    went to PPFA meeting...went to Vegas...CPF test...came back ...bought current building....Frame Shop with a massage room in hte back

    Massage and framing who would think there were two of us?...but now three, I know of one in Nashville too! ...wierd! oh yea! and met a massage therapist this past year in Vegas she and her husband were buying a frame shop and came for classes I think he was a photographer.
     
  6. hammer god

    hammer god Grumbler in Training

    dogwood gallery & framer

    for 10 years, i was partner of a legal support service. i have been an artist for as long as i can remember. 3 years ago, i earned a diploma from the american picture framing academy. i have not looked back. thanks paul.
    g.b.
     
  7. shayla

    shayla WOW Framer

    Welcome to the Grumble, hammer god!
    You'll like it here. :icon21:
     
  8. Framar

    Framar SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    Massage therapy and framing - who'da thunk it?! My BFF is a Rolfer - maybe I should clear out a space for her in my back room - whaddaya think???
     
  9. Chet

    Chet Grumbler in Training

    I was a Greenkeeper for 15 years then got sick of being cold.
     
  10. Paul Cascio

    Paul Cascio SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    No, thank you. Glad you're doing well.
     
  11. Paul Cascio

    Paul Cascio SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    Funny you mention that, Bob. I agree completely. I'm not at all surprised by the diversity. I see it all the time at my classes. Picture framers absolutely cross all boundaries of life. I've had accountants, artists, pilots, MD's, laborers, lawyers and everything in between. Young and old, male and female. There is no recognizable pattern at all, unless you count a penchant for creativity. Framers are definately the most creative people I know.
     
  12. wendy lang

    wendy lang CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2

    PET INDUSTRY! I worked my way through Art School waitressing, but I really "cut my teeth" working with the scaley and slimey critters out there. Fish and "herps"--reptiles and amphibians--are my speciality!

    The CRITTERS are great! And they need HELP! The environment is changing and the Earth's wildlife needs our help.

    Wendy
    The Art Corner
    264 Washington Street
    Salem, MA 01970
    978-745-9524
    artcornersalem@verizon.net
    www.artcornersalem.blogspot.com
     
  13. Mikesshop

    Mikesshop CGF, Certified Grumble Framer

    I don't think I can match what you all did.

    Shoveled snow (using only a snow shovel) in the winter and cut grass (with a push mower, not a gas mower) in the summer.
    I never had a paper route.
    Drew some cartoons for a karate club.
    Worked in a hospital kitchen.
    Graduated from Commercial Art School.
    Served 6 years in the Navy.
    Graduated from college with an MIS degree.
    Work with computers for many years.
    Found time to raise two wonderful children. An now I have 4 amazing grandchildren.
    I have been framing pictures for the last 7 years.
    I will be combining my shop with a friends shop in August. :popc:
     
  14. shayla

    shayla WOW Framer


    And he's one of the nicest guys around. :)

    Mike, your 'no paper route' comment reminds me
    of something. Knock on wood, I never had to work
    in a fast food restaurant. I know a lot of people have,
    and they learned some good job skills there. But the
    thought of doing it seemed so awful, so 'part of
    the modern machine' that I couldn't stand it. It still
    makes me glad that I never did.

    And I've never waitressed. Ha, as if! I'd be the worst
    waitress ever. Halfway through the breakfast rush,
    I'd be forgetting who ordered what omelet, dropping
    a whole stack of plates, and bursting into tears.
    By the time the meal was over, they'd all want to be
    my friend, but never want to sit in my section again.
     
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