Tessa Metcalfe Jewellery

Brighton, United Kingdom Brighton, United Kingdom

The Story

Born and bred in Hackney, London, I spent my childhood watching pigeons and developed a deep fascination for the birds. My taxidermy background gives me a different approach to jewellery, I am interested in bringing out the personality and humour of my subjects. The majority of which are donated by my Father, Hugh Metcalfe- they consist of roadkill and animals that have met their end at the paws of other wildlife.In 2008 I began experimenting with taxidermy from my bedroom.

My desire to never let anything go to waste lead to late night sessions cleaning & casting the birds feet. In 2011 I graduated from the University of Brighton with a BA hons degree in illustration. This background forms the concepts behind my work.The biggest epiphanies in my life came during the stories of Leda and the Swan as well as Hans Christian Andersen's The Ugly Duckling. I believe in both myths and legends and through my jewellery I want to combine the two, creating a little dream to carry with you.The 2012 Homage collection celebrates 'finding beauty in the gutter'. Inspired by the city of London, the foot of a pigeon is transformed into a beautiful talisman of fine art jewellery. Thorough investigation has taken the concept further than an idea and into a complete collection of timeless pieces playing on the fantasy underworld of my hometown.

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