Tessa Metcalfe was born and bred in Hackney, London where she spent her childhood watching pigeons and developed a deep fascination for the birds. In 2011 she graduated from the University of Brighton with a BA hons degree in illustration. This background forms the concepts behind her work.
Inspired by the city of London, she transforms the foot of a pigeon 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.
Lovingly setting precious jewels into the birds grasp and making miniature rings to adorn the birds claws the pleasure of her work can be seen all over the bold designs. Beautiful in their own right the pieces demand a closer inspection and invite the viewer to look differently at the neglected and feral pigeon. All pieces are handmade from her Hatton Garden workshop.