Tessa Metcalfe

Last December we went to London (accompanied by Poppy Spitfire) for a trip to the English National Ballet to see The Nutcracker. While we were there we were lucky enough to have an exclusive appointment at Tessa Metcalfe's amazing studio and shop with Tessa herself - a dream come true for us Spitfires. 

We first met Tessa at Goodwood Revival in September 2016, and spent three months salivating over her beautiful jewellery before we got to visit her in December. You can see all her amazing creations here

Louisa went home with these beauties last December, and Hannah was recently gifted a pair. Now Anna just needs to get her hands on some to complete the trio! Photo Credit: Anna Harding

Louisa went home with these beauties last December, and Hannah was recently gifted a pair. Now Anna just needs to get her hands on some to complete the trio!

Photo Credit: Anna Harding

Tessa's unique, intricate pieces are based on myths, legends and fairytales; she casts pigeon feet and sets beautiful stones to create 'narrative jewellery'. Tessa's jewellery prompts the viewer to look closer; from far away they look like exquisite pieces, but it's when you are up close that you see the full story. 

Tessa at work.  Photo Credit: Photo Credit: Anna Harding

Tessa at work. 

Photo Credit: Photo Credit: Anna Harding

Tessa herself is a force of nature. In December, her shop was full to the brim of jewellery in blue velvet boxes and gold ribbon waiting to be delivered to her eagerly awaiting customers all over the world. She very kindly took the time to talk us through some of her work and Louisa and Hannah both left with some Christmas presents to themselves!

Hannah's Antique Citrine and Ruby ring - truly the love of her life.  Photo Credit: Hannah Castleman

Hannah's Antique Citrine and Ruby ring - truly the love of her life. 

Photo Credit: Hannah Castleman

We're huge fans of Tessa Metcalfe and we know we'll be adding to our collection as the years go on. It's nearly Christmas again so who knows what Santa will bring. 

So hard to resist this beautiful work of art. Can you imagine being proposed to with this beast?  Photo Credit: Anna Harding

So hard to resist this beautiful work of art. Can you imagine being proposed to with this beast? 

Photo Credit: Anna Harding

We'll take one of everything, please.  Photo Credit: Anna Harding

We'll take one of everything, please. 

Photo Credit: Anna Harding

Four very happy ladies at The Nutcracker!  Photo Credit: Louisa Revolta

Four very happy ladies at The Nutcracker! 

Photo Credit: Louisa Revolta

Photo Credit: Louisa Revolta

Photo Credit: Louisa Revolta

A Week With The Spitfires

There's no rest for the wicked, and that certainly applies to us Spitfire Sisters. Here's an insight into a typical week for us and what goes on behind the scenes!

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Monday

Monday is always Spitfire Admin day! It's become a fully incorporated part of our routine. A couple of years into our Sisterhood we realised that we essentially needed office hours to make sure we were keeping up to date with everything. We get together around 9:30, put the kettle on, write a list, and get stuff done. We go through our flagged emails, send out contracts, answer enquiries, plan gigs...our to do list is never ending, which is lovely; it's good to be busy!

Anna and Hannah making themselves at home in Louisa's living room. Yes, that it a jacket potato on that vintage plate and a cup of tea in a vintage cup. 

Anna and Hannah making themselves at home in Louisa's living room. Yes, that it a jacket potato on that vintage plate and a cup of tea in a vintage cup. 

We also run a Vocal Harmony workshop at the Cabinet Rooms on a Monday, which is joyous and a brilliant way to spend an evening. Stay tuned (pardon the pun) for information about an exciting Christmas themed workshop...

Louisa leading a vocal workshop earlier this year as part of WJF with her good pal Henrietta the Hohner Organetta. 

Louisa leading a vocal workshop earlier this year as part of WJF with her good pal Henrietta the Hohner Organetta. 

Tuesday

No meeting (one of the only days of the week we don't see each other) but plenty to do. At the moment we’re spending time learning new vocal and saxophone parts that Louisa has written for us and the band as we have plenty of upcoming tour dates, including our show at the Theatre Royal Winchester! Tickets available here.

 

Wednesday

Wednesday is Jazz day! We run Winchester Jazz Festival, which takes place every September, and yes - we’re already planning next year’s festival. We're currently booking bands, contacting venues, and looking for sponsors. If you're interested in being involved in the festival in any way, you can contact us here. You may have seen on our Instagram all the amazing photos that Anna took of the 2017 festival. If you haven't had a chance to have a look, check it out here!

The Tuba Libres at WJF17

The Tuba Libres at WJF17

Sax Appeal at WJF17

Sax Appeal at WJF17

Edana Minghella at WJF17

Edana Minghella at WJF17

Thursday

As part of WJF, on Thursday and Friday nights we book the Jazz at the Corner House, a wonderful venue in Winchester. We’ll always try and pop down to greet the act (and maybe have a drink or too!). You can see the listings for the rest of the year here.

 

Friday & Saturday

We gig throughout the week but mainly our performances fall on Fridays and Saturdays. It never ever gets old to put on our Ruby Woo, curl our hair (Hannah doesn't really need to do this but she likes to feel included in the hair prep), and stick on an amazing outfit from Lindy Bop or Ghost. You can see all our upcoming performances here.

When leaving the house in curlers, it is customary to wrap them in a fabulous scarf. 

When leaving the house in curlers, it is customary to wrap them in a fabulous scarf. 

Sunday

Sunday is band rehearsal day, and it's always a delight to get the gang back together. With eleven of us it's a loud affair. We rehearse until quite late (much to the joy of the neighbours!) because not only is there plenty of music to play, there is also always loads to catch up about.

Our wonderful band don't seem to take us that seriously...

Our wonderful band don't seem to take us that seriously...

We hope you've enjoyed a brief insight to our week! Are there any behind the scenes moments you would particularly like to see? Let us know and we'll blog about them. 

TTFN x