Downing Frames, Inc

At Downing Frames, we specialize in custom-built, handmade frames using museum quality framing practices in Long Island City, Queens.

We are looking to hire an experienced full-time hinger/paper expert who is hard-working, detail-oriented, and a team player. We need someone who can work efficiently and effectively in a fast-paced environment. Knowledge of Japanese paper hinges, wheat paste, rice starch and a good understanding of paper is a must. You will be asked to demonstrate hinging during the interview stage to secure this position.

This is not an entry-level position. You must have on-the-job hinging experience.


The ideal candidate is experienced in and comfortable with handling delicate and valuable works of art and is familiar with conservation quality hinging techniques. Experience in fitting frames is preferred.

Some hinging methods we use include:

  • T-hinging

  • clamshell Japanese paper hinging

  • Pull-through hinging

Familiarity with these materials is preferred: wheat paste, Jade R, P90, BEVA , Japanese papers, silicone.


Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience fitting high-end artwork

  • Experience in hinging works on paper (very thin and very heavy)

  • Experience making mats

  • Experience handling and packing art

  • Keeping an organized and spotless work area

Salary is commensurate with experience.

How to Apply

Please send us your resume in PDF FORMAT ONLY. In the body of the email, tell us in one paragraph why you’re interested in this position and why we should hire you: nic@downingframes.com with the subject line: EXPERIENCED HINGER. Please mention your desired pay rate in your email. Salary is commensurate with experience.

  • Applications that do not follow this format will not be accepted.

  • Please do not call the studio.

Posted on August 31