Frames and Faces

Paul and Annalisa Helm


our old shop

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 publishing world.

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.


Copyright © Paul Helm, 2001, all right reserved