Christabel is an iconographer who specialises in the creation of traditionally made holy icons, ‘illuminated’ miniature paintings, and cloisonné, champlevé and painted vitreous enamels created within the tradition of the Orthodox Church. The designs, methods and materials are inspired by the infinitely rich iconographic treasury of the Orthodox Church, and the art of Britain and Ireland from the late antique and early medieval periods. Each piece is carefully researched, designed and created using meticulously hand prepared materials, such as carved lime wood icon panels, vellum, mineral and earth pigments, watercolour and egg tempera paints, 24 carat gold leaf, and gemstones such as rubies, sapphires and pearls.
Christabel teaches at The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts in London, where she is also a doctoral researcher sponsored by the A. G. Leventis Foundation. She is a specialist in Christian iconography and art, gilding techniques, manuscript illumination, pigment and paint preparation, early quill written letterforms and hand made inks. After undertaking a degree in the history of art at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and spending many years independently researching and working as an artist, she graduated from The Prince’s School’s MA programme with Distinction in 2010. She is also a Queen Elizabeth Scholar, an Accredited Jewellery Professional (Gemological Institute of America) and contributor to the Orthodox Arts Journal.
Christabel Helena Anderson
Tel: +44 (0)7949 014 333