Christabel Anderson
Iconography, Manuscript Illumination, Calligraphy
Art & Sculpture
Spring | 2011

Christabel Anderson is an iconographer, miniature painter and enameller based in London, United Kingdom.  She specialises in the creation of egg tempera panel icons, illuminated miniatures on vellum and enamelled metalwork created within the Tradition of the Orthodox Church. The designs, methods and materials are inspired by sacred iconographic exemplars and the art, architecture and manuscripts of Britain and Ireland from the late antique and early medieval periods. The work is meticulously researched, designed and created using exactingly selected and prepared exquisite natural materials. These include hand carved lime wood panels and stretched vellum blocks, hand prepared mineral and earth pigments for the watercolour and egg tempera paints, 24 carat Italian gold leaf, fine silver and precious gemstones such as rubies, sapphires and pearls.

Christabel is a specialist in early quill written letterforms and handmade inks. She also writes and teaches, at The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts and also privately for experienced practitioners. She is a Queen Elizabeth Scholar, INTBAU Young Practitioner, GIA Accredited Jewellery Professional and a doctoral researcher at The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts where her work is generously sponsored by the A. G. Leventis Foundation.

The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship has been immensely helpful to Christabel, enabling her to further her studies in traditional manuscript illumination techniques and early letterforms, and to undertake the Accredited Jewellery Professional Diploma at the Gemological Institute of America.  This course serves as a foundation and professional qualification as part of her training in sacred enamelled metalwork.

Since the scholarship Christabel has continued to work on her doctoral thesis at The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts, where she has also developed a specialist gilding course and teaches the Introduction to Christian Art.  She has trained in the art of enamelled metalwork, cloisonné, champlevé and miniature enamel painted portraiture.  She continues to work primarily to commission, creating icon panel paintings, illuminated miniatures and enamel icons. After completing her doctorate Christabel plans to continue her iconographic practice, developing her areas of expertise and research.  She also plans to continue teaching, in order to help future generations of practitioners to learn, grow and develop their work in the field.  She would like to develop a UK based advanced level course and research centre for the subject, to help support the long term development and growth of the practice of sacred Christian iconography at a level of excellence both in this country and overseas.


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