Susanne Hammer (Germany / Austria)

A Quiet Place

A Quiet Place is the title of two necklaces made of historical material from the Sepulchral Chapel Karlsruhe. Invited by a friend, who is an art collector and craftsman, I created a small series of jewellery, which refers on one hand to this memorial place, where he worked as a restorer and on the other hand to the region, where we both come from. The two necklaces are made out of copper sheets from the roof of the chapel – date from the 19th century – which were removed for reasons of restoration. In this project, our common origin, our shared memories are linked up with a place which per se is a place of memory. A specific aesthetic appeal results from the use of this historical metal sheets with a naturally grown patina, whose traces of ageing and damage tell their very special story.