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Annie Parsons

Virginia, US

Bio:

I am an illustrator, designer, and teacher with a focus on creating bold and beautiful watercolor art for everyday use. I'm inspired by food, fashion history, children's literature, and my home in the Virginia mountains.

My mom Shelley Parsons is a calligrapher and hand letterer, and we often collaborate on fun and easy-to-follow recipes.

In my illustrations, you'll see a variety of handmade techniques, bright and unconventional colors, and a whimsical sense of humor. I hope you enjoy seeing the world as I do!

Recipes By Annie Parsons

Virginia Hoecake by Annie Parsons

Virginia, US

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Fave Memory for the October HandPicked Design Challenge:

While most Southern hoecakes are small and fried, our family gives the name "hoecake" to a large, fluffy buttermilk biscuit that we bake and then cut into squares. The recipe for this three-ingredient quickbread has been passed down through at least four generations of Virginia mountain women, from my great-grandmother Rosalie who was born in the 19th century, to my grandmother Clelon who grew up during the Great Depression, to my mother Shelley who created the pencil-lettered title for this recipe, to me, who created this illustration in watercolor, pencil, and digital media. Whenever I make a hoecake, I feel connected to my heritage, proud of the women who came before me, and covered in flour. We love to eat hoecake with cozy fall soups or drizzled with honey for dessert.

Watercolor Roasted Asparagus by Annie Parsons

Virginia, US

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Our go-to recipe for roasted asparagus with watercolor illustration by me and hand lettering by my mom Shelley. This is a fun and fresh weeknight side dish that's totally customizable: you can change up the toppings any way you like!

Pickled Red Onions by Annie Parsons

Virginia, US

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My family's recipe for pickled red onions, illustrated by me in watercolor and hand-lettered by my mom Shelley. We add these red onions to just about everything, they're really handy to have in the fridge.