If you’ve popped into the Lincoln Park store recently, you might have seen a fresh face amidst our rotation of framers. Let me introduce you to Josh. Having served in a previous position as the glass specialist in our production facility, Josh is not that new to Artists Frame Service.
For the past several weeks, our lead framer, Hanah, has been getting him geared up for the world of framing design. In Hanah’s words, “Josh’s background made him a pro at measuring.” This week, the training wheels came off and perhaps, if you’re lucky, he’ll be customizing your framing experience the next time you stop in!
Get to know a little about Josh with this Q&A.
Can you tell us a little bit about your background here at Artists Frame Service?
My second anniversary with the company was in August. I had been running the glass department at the production facility, until November when I started my sales training. Prior to my position here, I worked in the mat department of a framing company in Ithaca, Michigan. I worked there for about four years, cutting and assembling bulk order mats and pre-framed artwork. My father also ran a frame shop out of the converted garage behind our house when I was growing up.
What made you decide to transition over to be a framing consultant?
Going into my two year review, I felt that I had mastered the ins and outs of glass and that I was ready to take on some new challenges and responsibilities. Having prior experience in sales and being creatively inclined, I let the manager know I would be interested in applying for a sales position if one ever came up. Only a few weeks later, a position serendipitously opened up. I jumped at the opportunity.
What has been your favorite aspect of frame consulting so far?
The customer interaction is always rewarding. It's a great experience getting to see such a wide variety of art that speaks directly to their personal tastes. Helping the customer in designing it into a finished piece that they are proud to hang on their wall and get enjoyment from is really more fun than work.
What are your hobbies?
My hobbies, no surprise, lean towards the arts. I'm interested in and make a wide variety of music—everything from ambient soundscapes to funk and dance grooves. I'm currently helping my neighbor to write a score for a short film he hopes to produce. I have loved to read and write since I was young. I went to school for English with an emphasis in creative writing. My taste leans towards fiction—science fiction in particular. Two of my favorite authors are Robert A. Heinlein and Kurt Vonnegut. I write some myself, but I find it hard to be bogged down with endless exposition. I tend to write in a format with implied visuals, mostly comic books and screenplays. I'm also a huge movie buff.
If you could frame one item that you own, what would it be and why?
This is a tough question. I have some really great prints of Polish movie posters that I've been wanting to get framed. Apparently Poland was known for having a lot of vibrant and graphic film advertisements. But if I had to pick one thing in particular, I would frame my signed Devo poster from when I saw them a couple of years ago. They played the entire Freedom of Choice album all the way through and I got to meet Mark Mothersbaugh—one of my personal heroes—and the rest of the band after the show. It was such a fun time and a great memory. I would love to have a souvenir from it up on the wall.