Monday, November 2, 2015

Tessa Packard London

Founder and Creative Director, Tessa Packard of Tessa Packard London

What inspired you to pursue jewelry design rather than continue a career in the art world?
As a teenager, I dreamt of becoming an accessories designer, but for one reason or another I ended up studying History of Art at university - another great passion of mine - and found myself working in the commercial art world after I graduated. Whilst I loved the few years I spent in the gallery, I began to miss drawing and designing. One day I took the decision to follow my childhood pipe dream and the rest, as they say, is history!

Where do you find inspiration?
Everywhere and anywhere! I might be inspired by an exhibition I see, a magazine article I read or a movement in art. I’m particularly interested in exotic places, past civilisations and cultural movements such as Pop.

Describe your design process. 
Each collection starts with a good dose of research. I build a sketchbook full of magazine clippings, doodles, ideas and colour charts, as well as notes on inspirational protagonists and muses. From there I start formulating designs on paper, each one worked through until the collection comes together as a whole. Each design will then be translated into a scale drawing, painted, and then sent off to the goldsmith for production. 

Explain the process of working with a client on a bespoke design.
When designing a bespoke piece of jewellery, there are two things that must be taken into account first and foremost: the client’s brief and the client’s budget. Once these two fundamentals are understood, the next step follows along much the same lines as the design process for a mainline piece, the only difference being that I am not the sole judge of my work! We aim to ensure that our clients have a comprehensive understanding of the overall appearance and scale of the design before manufacturing, so we will often offer to make a prototype in wax or silver for approval if the design is quite complex and we feel it would be beneficial to build it using CAD. We also regularly source stones on behalf of our clients and assist them with additional services such as engraving or personalised boxes.

Describe the Tessa Packard woman.
She’s independent, unfussy and focussed. Her wardrobe is timeless with a touch of the avant garde.

What jewelry do you never leave home without?
My engagement ring and wedding band. 

What is your favorite period of jewelry?
The Art Deco era for its geometry, the 1940s and 1950s for Seaman Schepps and the Twenty-first Century for its innovation in material.

What is next for Tessa Packard London?
A whole host of Christmas events; a new Bespoke jewellery workshop focussing on client customisation; we are releasing two new collections next year: the first being a weather-themed collection next Spring entitled Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining; we will also be working more closely with several women entrepreneur platforms and hosting a few Brazilian focussed events to celebrate the 2016 Olympics.

Tessa Packard London offers designs in 18 karat gold and 18 karat vermeil with precious and semi-precious stones.  Launched in 2013, the business has already achieved great success.  Their designs have been featured in Vanity Fair, Vogue and Harper's Bazaar, just to name a few.  Tessa was also named one of the Hot 30 Under 30 in the British Jewelry Industry by Retail Jeweller Magazine.  Get a small glimpse of what Tessa Packard has to offer below...

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