Apply: Matter/Fitter - Framing

 
 

The Fine Art Mounter & Mat Cutter works with internal teams to prepare artworks for display using a variety of archival materials and processes, including but not limited to mat cutting and archival mounting and hinging. This role is responsible for applying Artech’s high standards to every project and maintaining quality control of Artech’s product.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Cut openings in various thicknesses of mat board using a Fletcher mat cutter.

  • Hand-stitch a variety of textiles to rigid substrates for display.

  • Employ archival, media and weight appropriate hinging and mounting techniques.

  • Clearly communicate, both through labeling and verbal instruction, if a mounted artwork requires special handling.

  • Wrap mat boards and spacer substrates with a variety of framing fabrics.

  • Employ the appropriate methods for removing art and hinges from preexisting mats and mounts.

  • Employ a high level of precision when measuring, cutting, wrapping and mounting.

  • Maintain inventory and location of matting and mounting materials within the shop.

  • Clean and maintain matting and mounting work space, organize materials and notify management of restock needs.

  • Apply knowledge of conservation framing techniques for the long term preservation of mounted art and objects.

  • Review and adhere to work order specifications conferring with designer, project manager and/or technical resources as needed.

  • Remain current with proper mounting and matting techniques and practices including archival trends.

  • Meet with design and production teams on a regular basis to discuss work flow and provide status updates.

  • Provide exceptional care for client art works from intake to final delivery by strictly adhering to Artech standards and practices.

  • Fill in at other stations within the framing production line as volume dictates.

  • Other responsibilities as required to meet job expectations or as assigned

 

Required Skills and Abilities:

  • Minimum of 3 years of high-end art handling experience and frame production is required. 

  • Deep understanding of archival matting and mounting materials and processes.

  • Demonstrated pride in the craft and eager desire to increase skill set.

  • Ability to adhere to work flows and production deadlines.

  • Excellent problem solving skills with the ability to apply conservation matting and mounting techniques to various media. 

  • Strong knowledge of proper art handling and packaging procedures

  • Ability to work collaboratively with team members across the organization.

  • Knowledge of art handling procedures for two-and three-dimensional art objects in a variety of materials, sizes, and weights.

  • Extensive knowledge of conservation framing design, materials, and practices.

  • Experience following methods and procedures relating to the handling of irreplaceable art objects.

  • Experience in safely using a variety of framing and shop tools.

  • Ability to be detail oriented with uncompromising attention to quality.

  • Organizational skills and self-management demonstrated in the workplace.

  • Ability to maintain client confidentiality at all times.

  • Ability to interpret work orders and working drawings.

  • Creativity, professionalism, and enthusiasm to tackle challenges.

  • Ability to meet the physical requirements of the position including ability to climb ladders, stand and work on your feet for long periods of time, and physically able to confidently lift and flip art up to 45 pounds.

  • A valid Washington driver's license or the ability to obtain prior to hire.

  • Must pass full background check.

 

How to Apply:

If a key role in the fine art logistics and management industry interests you, please review the responsibilities and qualifications carefully. If you feel that you are the ideal candidate for this position, please email your resume and cover letter explaining your interest and experience to Recruiting@artechseattle.com. Please, email only – no phone calls.