Annabel Lee’s illustrations for Consider the Fork by food writer, and columnist, Bee Wilson, have recently been published (Oct 2012). Working in close collaboration with the author, Annabel has produced a series of historically accurate pen and ink drawings which are both precise and beautiful (see Recent Work). Each implement, drawn free hand and wash, gives these illustrations an immediacy and freshness that complements Bee Wilson’s elegant writing style.
Her drawings are painterly, and free, much of her work focused on the singers and children who have peopled her theatre design work. She has a versatility and enthusiasm that makes her work adaptive, believing that when the illustrator begins to translate one art form into another, she should allow text to speak. Using words as a starting point for every drawing, her love is in finding the conversation between the two, rather than any adherence to the prescriptive or generic.
Annabel trained in theatre design at Wimbledon School of Art, and has taught theatre design and drawing at Central St. Martins College of Art and Design, London College of Fashion, Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance, Camberwell College of Art, and Queen Mary (University of London). Following several years experience in theatre she formed English Pocket Opera with Mark Tinkler in 1993, a company which produces opera for, with and by children.
Her work with children, on the page, and stage, continues to inspire an enthusiastic creativity that influences her own visual practice.
She lives in Cambridge with her husband and two children.