Tessa Metcalfe was born and bred in Hackney, London where she spent her childhood watching pigeons and developed a deep fascination for the birds. The majority of her subjects are donated by her Father, Hugh Metcalfe- they consist of roadkill and animals that have met their end at the paws of other wildlife. She draws on her conceptual illustrative background, taxidermy skills and self-taught jewelry profession to create her vision "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 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. The collection of timeless pieces play on the fantasy underworld of her hometown she built up as a child.
Tessa Metcalfe Jewellery
from Brighton, United Kingdom
In apocalyptic London only the pigeons remain, they live in the Gutter but their feet are made of gold