When he started framing in 1996, the only
framing course he could find was for hobby
framers, which he found frustrating. There were
no qualifications available in New Zealand at the time.
He began studying many books, and putting in
many, many hours of practice.
In 1998 the Fine Art Trade Guild Commended
Framer examination became available in New Zealand, so he became a Guild Commended Framer.
This qualification has now been upgraded to Guild Certified Framer.
In 2002, he went to England and took the Advanced Guild Commended Framer exam – specialising in Textiles.
In 2006, he decided to start teaching professional picture framers.
In 2007, he obtained his Adult Teaching Certificate (Level 5) through WINTEC.
He is a Fine Art Trade Guild Accredited tutor and a Fine Art Trade Guild approved examiner for the Guild Certified Framer exam.
Dean Walker, Affordable Frames, Whitby
“Having framed for myself for several years I decided I wanted to make the next step and offer my framing services professionally. I was aware that there were many techniques and aspects of framing that I needed to learn to be able to offer the full range of framing services and was uncertain of who I could turn to for this knowledge.
I was referred by a Guild member to Michael Masters. I explained to Michael the techniques that I wanted to learn and he prepared practical hands on exercises to teach me the framing methods for each of these. In addition I learned many of the smaller details of the framing craft that Michael was willing to share through his years of experience in the framing trade. These little extras have made a huge difference to the end product that I present to my customers today and have resulted in my business growing through repeat and referral business.
Michael’s enthusiasm and passion for framing is evident and I can not recommend his services highly enough to anybody who is looking to learn or refine their framing skills further. Further more Michael has been a great mentor for me whenever I have been faced with unfamiliar challenges, since seeking his excellent tutor-ledge.”