Born and bred in Hackney, London, Tessa Metcalfe spent her childhood watching pigeons and developed a deep fascination for the birds. The majority of her subjects consist of roadkill animals that have met their end at the paws of other wildlife.
In 2008 Tessa began experimenting with taxidermy in her bedroom. A desire to never let anything go to waste lead to late night sessions cleaning & casting birds feet. This background forms the concepts behind her 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 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 her hometown.