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5 mins with local paper artist Helen Frances about being showcased on the BBC

Helen Frances is the very young, beautiful and talented luxury paper artist behind Frances and Francis. Based in her St Albans studio, Helen designs and creates all her own, one of a kind pieces, by hand. Her magnificent creations caught the eye of the BBC’s Handmade Revolution, so I stole 5 mins with Helen to get the low down on her soaring success.


What is the Handmade Revolution?

The Handmade Revolution is all about recognising hand crafted object d’art and the artisans who create such pieces. People are interested in decorating their homes with unique decor with a story and person behind them. There are five episodes, one on each day starting on Monday 8th October. Each episode features five contestants who are competing for a prize on each day. My episode will be aired on Tuesday 9th October.

How did this opportunity come about?

I came across a tweet from Folksy on twitter and sent my application off straight away. There was then a phone interview as well as a filmed face to face conversation before the 25 artists were selected for the program.

What was it like to be filmed by the BBC?

The crew were all fantastic as were the other contestants. It was such a great opportunity to meet other likeminded creatives too. I’m used to being behind the camera as I studied animation, so that took some getting used to! The judging at the end of the show was extremely tense and it felt like we were in dragons den due to the suspense!

Where can we find more of your work?

I have been working with local lifestyle shops to create pieces specific to the local clientele. Chloe James, on the High Street, will be selling a hand crafted floral framed piece as of the middle of October. I also sell a selection of my pieces online through Etsy but a lot of my work is commissions as people have particular spaces they would like the pieces to hang. But, you can view my portfolio online at

What can we hope to see in the future from Frances and Francis?

I will be expanding the framed artwork range, which will be available to buy locally. We have a lot of different projects lined up whereby we will be exploring set design, animation and canvas art work.


To see more of Helen’s work head to her website Tune in to see Helen on Paul Martin’s Handmade Revolution on Tuesday 9th October, BBC 2, 3.45pm.

One comment on “5 mins with local paper artist Helen Frances about being showcased on the BBC

  1. Chloe James Lifestyle
    October 8, 2012

    Helen is extremely talented and lovely to work with! We were blown away by her creations & can’t wait to have them in the shop!

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