Frame Production Associate

Paradise Framing

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This is the #2 position in a small but growing custom framing business whose clients include blue chip galleries, art museums and prominent artists. The occupant of this position will produce and assemble finished/closed-corner frames for fine art clients from start to finish including fabrication, sanding and finishing, hinging and mounting and fitting alongside the owner and founder of the company. The Framing Production Associate will be able to identify areas for improvement in production management and make recommendations, as well as participate in research and development of new techniques for production and strategies for increasing sales. This is a queer friendly, anti-racist, anti-sexist workplace.

  1. Read a ruler and measuring tape accurately and think in 1/32inch fractions

  2. Handle artworks and frame components with care

  3. Hinge a variety of works on paper and fit a variety of frames of different sizes

  4. Prepare Jin-Shofu wheatpaste

  5. Use shop machines and power tools including chop saw, table saw, power sanders, and cordless drills

  6. Use specialized shop and hand tools including Morso mitre guillotine and Festool Domino joiner

  7. Execute basic wood joints used in framing including mitres, lap joints, mortise and tenon and splined mitres

  8. Finely sand and finish wood with hand-applied finishes

  9. Cut mat board and plastics on wall-mounted cutter

  10. Drive to suppliers and subcontractors

  11. Review inventory

  12. Fill out new order forms

  13. Input information into spreadsheets to generate quotes

  14. Order materials from vendors

  15. Receive deliveries

  16. Maintain close attention to detail while engaged in repetitive tasks

  17. Perform tasks with minimal direction and observation

  18. Carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form

  19. Demonstrate good time management

  20. Keep personal workspace clean and organized and help with overall facility upkeep

  21. Assist in studio improvements

  22. Participate in the hiring and managing of assistants

  23. Run the studio in the absence of the owner

  24. Participate in research and development of new techniques for production and strategies for increasing sales

  25. Ensure quality standards are consistently and efficiently met


Required Competencies:

  1. Communication proficiency

  2. Organizational skills

  3. Time management

  4. Process improvement

  5. Decision making

  6. Quality management/control

  7. Excellent mathematics and measuring skills

Required Experience and Education:

Two (2) years of experience in paper preparation at an art museum, a high-quality finished/closed corner framing studio, or paper conservation studio. Bachelor’s degree with specific coursework in art, experience in art handling, wood working, book-making, print-making, or photography.

How to Apply

Please send letter of interest in body of email with resume attached to

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Posted on September 3