Made in Tarrant: How a third-generation Fort Worth frame shop owner preserves the past 

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Made in Tarrant: How a third-generation Fort Worth frame shop owner preserves the past 

Jessica Edghill holds a picture of her grandmother, Tina Julich, on Jan. 31 at her framing business, Frame Up, 4919 Camp Bowie Blvd., in Fort Worth. Edghill took over the family business in August 2023. (Seth Bodine | Fort Worth Report)
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For Jessica Edghill, preserving photos and relics of the past is a family business — one that goes back two generations. Edghill took over the family’s framing business, Frame Up at 4919 Camp Bowie Blvd., in August 2023. The business was originally founded in 1970 by Linda Searcy, and Edghill’s grandmother, Tina Julich, later took over as owner in the 1980s and ownership has been passed down since. 

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The Fort Worth Report spoke to Jessica Edghill about the business. This conversation has been edited for length, grammar and clarity.

Bodine: Tell me about the custom framing business. Is there a lot of demand?Edghill: So, it’s interesting. When we went through COVID-19 lockdowns and everything … we’re not an essential business. So I was expecting it to be really slow. We were actually quite busy because people were home and redecorating and all of that. And we’re pretty busy in this area with it being (close to) the Cultural District. There’s lots of art galleries and artists and people buying art and decorating their homes, and Fort Worth is growing. So I’d say there’s a pretty good demand.

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Bodine: What does that encompass? Do you frame for museums?Edghill: I haven’t done any framing for museums. But I do focus on archival framing. Protecting artwork and mementos and heirlooms and that kind of thing. We frame everything.Bodine: What do you have to think about when you’re thinking about archival framing? 

Edghill: You want to use acid-free products on everything, mounting artwork and objects in a way that isn’t destroying them, or damaging them. That kind of thing. We have protective glass that protects artwork from UV rays. We try to be museum-grade with just our day-to-day framing.

Bodine: Sounds like a lot goes into it.Edghill: Yeah. And that’s the thing about this business, too, is that it took me many years to learn the craft of framing. So, I think … what sets us apart from other frame shops is that we’ve been training for a long time and have good expertise.

Bodine: How long did it take for you to learn? 

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Edghill: I would say, maybe a few years to get really comfortable. I mean, even now, some things that my customers bring me, it’s still learning. I did a Red Ryder BB gun recently. And it was (about) learning how to mount that in a way that was archival and protecting it. So, I’m always getting new projects that are challenging, but they’re kind of fun to figure out.

Bodine: What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned since taking over the family business?

Edghill: For me, personally, I am able to tackle challenges in a way that I didn’t think I could have before. I’ve actually grown quite comfortable with, you know, attacking new projects and things that I haven’t done before. I’m still learning, but I feel pretty confident.

Bodine: What’s your favorite part of what you do?

Edghill: Definitely customers, I have a really good relationship with my customers. And I think it’s pretty cool that some of my customers were also customers of my mother’s and my grandmother’s. So it’s kind of cool to have that legacy and tradition. Since we’ve been here so long, and it’s been in the family for such a long time. I appreciate that. They keep coming and trust me with their stuff.

Seth Bodine is a business and economic development reporter for the Fort Worth Report. Contact him at seth.bodine@fortworthreport.org or follow @sbodine120 on X, formerly known as Twitter. 

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