Athens Art and Frame is looking for an enthusiastic, creative person to join our team of frame designers. This position involves a diverse set of skills and responsibilities that span the breadth of the diverse products and services we offer. Here’s a look into what we do every day.
Custom framing is the focus, mainstay, lifeblood, daily grind, bread and butter, etc of Athens Art & Frame. The most important skill in designing with a customer is being able to build a relationship quickly and listen to them.We learn about their style, connection with the artwork, and goals for that project. The creativity flows from there; there are thousands of possibilities in frames, mats, mounting, and other small details, and our goal is to create a frame package that enhances, protects, and celebrates the artwork without overpowering it.
Once the design is finished it is entered into our production system. Since another team member will likely be completing the order, patience, attention to detail, and effective communication skills are paramount to avoiding mistakes that toss money into a volcano.Fortunately, the there is time to take great care of each order and customer. When it’s possible we work together and there is always help available. Smiley faces in intercompany communication are allowed but not mandatory. (It’s mostly me.) 🙂Our Cedar Shoals location is our warehouse and manufacturing location. Here the frames are cut and joined, mats cut by the Wizard, (unfortunately not a short man standing behind a curtain,) and everything is fit into the frames. Experience working with your hands is a plus; the process is precise and perfection is the goal. We sew down biker jackets, bobbin lace, and actual rat skulls, build secret frames within frames for bricks and fossils, and use powerful magnets to archivally frame valuable metal pieces.
Our Epps Bridge showroom is our primary sales location, so (hopefully) most of our time is spent designing frames and speaking to customers on the phone.
We also restore and print photographs via photoshop and our large-format giclee printer, and complete small framing projects. Every team member contributes
to stocking, merchandising, purchasing decisions, and designing attractive product displays. We also handle marketing and social media posts.
We sell almost all of our products on both of our websites, athensartandframe.com and framebiz.com. The catalog contains 1200 items and counting, so product photography, web design, and writing skills come in handy. We process and pack every order here and ship anywhere; recent destinations include California, Canada, Israel, China, and one of the dorms at UGA. The web store adds a key diversified element to the business that enhances our custom framing presence.
As with any small business, great customer service is the cornerstone of our success. We need folks who enjoy talking to and building relationships with our customers, and are devoted to going above and beyond to make sure their needs are met. We will do whatever we can to get a particular frame, fit it perfectly to any specification, and have it ready by any date. That has been the AA&F promise for decades, and we hope to engender that trust and loyalty in our customers for years to come.
We’d love you have you on our team! Please fill out a copy of our employment application and bring it into our Epps Bridge store. Plan to stick around for a moment and get a tour and meet our designers.