Emperor’s New Clothes
Drawing its name from Hans Christian Anderson’s eponymous fairytale, Emperor’s New Clothes is a collection that explores the idea of illusion and irony through the use of colourful enamelling and over-grown gemstone forms to give pieces the appearance of real deal, high carat weight, record-breaking stones.
‘As a jeweller who has always preferred to concentrate on unique design rather than carat weight, the Emperor’s New Clothes collection was in my mind a particularly apt representation of my on-going desire to subvert the visual norm through humour and juxtaposition, thereby creating a world where record-breaking sized stones are affordable to all,’ comments Tessa Packard.
Lost and Found
Inspired by the Victorian curiosity cabinet and the work of artist Joseph Cornell, Lost and Found is a collection that embraces the eclectic, the eccentric and the playful. Objects lovingly collected by the designer over a number of years have here been carefully transformed into beautiful pieces of jewellery that become ‘collectables’ in themselves. Designs relegated to the archives from previous collections are too brought to fruition and given new life amongst this treasure trove of porcelain animals, bone figurines and carved gemstones.
‘‘I really wanted to push the boundaries of elegant but whimsical design with this particular collection and bring together materials and ideas that I’d personally collected over the last five years as a jeweller,’’ comments Tessa Packard. ‘‘In all honesty, I had a lot of fun designing Lost and Found – I let imagination run wild and I hope the results will ultimately inspire and excite our audiences.’’
For King and Country
For King and Country draws inspiration from the tools used to explore the seas during the Golden Age of Discovery – a period of European history marked by extensive exploration, dangerous sea-bound voyages and great adventures in the quest for colonial expansion and new, economic riches.
The collection comprises of earrings, necklaces, cufflinks, rings and charms derived from nautical instruments, symbols of the northern star and lunar cycle – the key navigational landmarks of the sky – and forms reminiscent of the globe and its imaginary lines of latitude and longitude. The use of pearls also bears important symbolism and is reminiscent of coveted bounty plundered in the East for the West at this period of time.
Every Cloud Has A Silver Lining
“Don’t knock the weather – nine tenths of the people couldn’t start a conversation if it didn’t change once in a while”
Talking about the weather has long been an identifiable trait of the British. One might say it’s a meteorological misfortune, but we would disagree. The daily discourse with friends, colleagues and total strangers about weather patterns – incredulity at the lack of sunshine or dismay at the persistent amount of rain – is a part of our very culture. Summer wouldn’t be summer without a soggy picnic, a fated first BBQ or a delayed Wimbledon final.
Launching April 1st 2016, Every Cloud Has A Silver Lining is quite simply a celebration of the quintessential British obsession with the weather. The pieces are inspired by characterful, meteorological symbols and set with a variety of gemstones to express the ever-varied skies we know and love.
Fat Free is inspired by the jeweller’s love of pop art and traditional English penny sweets. The collection draws upon Tessa’s experiences of buying gemstones and how the selection process recalls memories of carefully picking out jewel-coloured confectionary as a child in her local newsagents.
Fat Free is also an exploration into popular culture and its relationship with art and design. Through playful narrative and ironic juxtaposition Tessa proves that even the most unlikely, low cost and perishable object can be the source of beautiful, timeless fine jewellery.
Predator / Prey
Predator/Prey is a collection exploring the ‘conscious’ nature of jewellery – that being how an inanimate form, in this case the wasp, is given life and meaning through the physical relationship it has with the wearer.
Drawing inspiration from the conceptual artists of the mid-twentieth century, who believed that they were merely creators of a work and that it was the gallery space or audience who completed it, Predator/Prey so too plays on the idea of the animate versus the inanimate and who is beholden to who.
No Smoke Without Flowers
No Smoke Without Flowers is inspired by the 19th Century Chinese opium dens known as Hua-yan jians, or flower-smoke rooms, where the smoke was the intoxicating opium and the flowers the female courtesans. The courtesans worked ‘selling their smile’. Chosen for their beauty and talent they were professionally trained in the arts. Courtships were lengthy and often expensive with customers bestowing gifts of fine jewellery on their most admired female counterparts. This collection of richly-hued jewels imagines the contents of a jewellery box belonging to one such courtesan.
Mexicana is the debut fine jewellery collection by Tessa Packard London. Drawing inspiration from Mexican architecture both old and new, the pieces echo the geometric simplicity and clean lines of Mexico’s ancient temples and modernist structures. Boldly coloured gemstones imitate the enduring heat of the Mexican sun and landscape, while statement forms take inspiration from the unique, decorative patterns found in this visually rich culture.