MUHAMMAD ALI’S boxing gloves and an Andy Warhol original are just some of the famous items Nigel Goodman has framed during his 31-year career.
The owner of Bitches Brew Picture Framers in Fremantle says he has a diverse client base, from locals wanting their ubiquitous Steve Parish prints framed, to the National Gallery of Australia.
Goodman started his framing career in 1977 in England, and through his work came to meet Fremantle framer Bob Stewart, who’d opened Bitches Brew in Freo in 1983.
“England was about nine months ahead of Australia in terms of the different demand in art, so we sent a lot of posters to Bob, and Bitches Brew became the first store to bring it to Fremantle,” Goodman says.
Stewart had been a big fan of Miles Davis, naming the shop after one of the famed trumpeter’s jazz fusion albums.
It didn’t take long before Goodman was tempted to relocate down under, working for a framer in Subiaco until 1987, when Steward died and he took over Bitches Brew.
“I always preferred working for myself rather than working under someone else as it gave me more freedom in my work, I was able to do that at Bitches Brew,” Goodman says.
Located on High Street, the quaint shop has sample frames in the front of the store and a workshop in the back, where all framing is done on-site.
Goodman says his passion and love for his job has kept him going for three decades.
“Our clients become more than customers, we like to know them individually as people,” he says.
“The best part about my job is seeing people’s face when you’ve given them what they want and you have done the job right.”
by NICOLLETTA De GENNARO
Bitches Brew Custom Picture
Framers, 62 High St,