We started Frames
and Faces in 1990 as a gallery and picture framing workshop on the Broadway
in Wimbledon. It soon gained a reputation for stocking interesting images
different to the usual high street offerings and quality bespoke framing
with a creative flair. This was largely a result of Annalisa's Italian
background and connections and Paul's previous career in the print and
One day we were given notice that our shop was to be pulled down to
make way for a new Safeway store as part of the redevelopment of Wimbledon
town centre. We had to decide whether to find another retail premises
or to call it a day and retire.
But there was another option: Paul has been interested in computers
and the internet for many years and was one of the first to introduce
digital imaging to the high street in our shop. He felt that the internet
was now maturing into a viable and exciting medium for education and
commerce. So why not set up a 'cyber' Frames and Faces on the internet
- which is what we are now trying to do.
The fully equipped picture framing workshop continues to do some bespoke
work for some of our old customers but is not taking on new clients
as production is confined to our new market.
We will gradually add our stock of art images to this web site and continue
to source interesting images.
We have been full trade members of the Fine Art Trade Guild since 1990
and are founder members of the Wimbledon Civic Forum.