Once Upon A Time In My Secret Garden
Drawing inspiration from the landscaped gardens of William Kent, the exotic menageries of George Stubbs, and the writings of Shakespeare, Phillip Pullman, Lewis Carroll and Frances Hodgson Burnett, Once Upon a Time in My Secret Garden aims to bring to life the weird and wonderful flowers and creatures that would reside in Tessa’s imagined garden.
The garden itself would be vast, contained by the finest of dry stone walls. In one corner there would be a folly in ruins, in the other a treehouse temple with flag pole at its top. In the greenhouse, oversized insects would be found hiding under a canopy of giant ginko leaves; in the watery grotto miniature crabs swim amongst the damp, moss ridden stones. At dawn and dusk a family of weasels play hide-and-seek along the battlements of the box hedges, returning to the branches of a large laurrel bush to sleep. A shy family of deer pass silently through the maze every day to eat rosehips from a knarled oak tree. At the very centre of the garden there would be a solitary bench by a lake, dedicated to Lyra Belacqua and Will Parry, the designer’s childhood heroes.
Under the Influence
“First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you”
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Under the Influence is a collection of fine jewellery that perfectly represents the creative heart of Tessa Packard London: fun storytelling, timeless elegance and a trunkful of whimsy.
Bold, colourful and unapologetic in statement design, Under the Influence aims to bring to life the sense of imagination, wonderment and joyous colour embodied by some of the world’s most famous (and lesser known) cocktails.
The Moorland Collection
Tessa has a long-standing affinity with the wilds of Scotland. Since the age of seven ‘home’ has been a patch of countryside north of the Borders, where there are more sheep than people and mobile phone signal is non-existent. Her childhood was spent roaming the hills, moors and woods around her house, always on the lookout for wildlife.
The Moorland Collection celebrates Tessa’s love for the unique flora and fauna of rural Scotland, as well as her passion for interior design and appreciation of novel homeware. Currently comprised of two grouse-inspired objet d’art, the Grouse Cube and the Grouse Decanter, the Moorland Collection plans to expand year on year to create a comprehensive picture of all Tessa’s favourite animals, birds and plants in this part of the world.
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.
Tessa comments: ‘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,’ .
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.
For King and Country
For King and Country draws its 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. Iconic navigational symbols of the sky, such as the northern star and the moon and its lunar cycle sit alongside forms reminiscent of the globe and its imaginary lines of latitude and longitude. The use of pearls is also important, echoing the 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.
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, chosen for their beauty and talent, were often bestowed gifts of fine jewellery by their long-standing clients. This collection of richly-hued jewels imagines the contents of a jewellery box belonging to a successful 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.