Nan Smith created this Blog Hop /Challenge for people to design and make a piece of jewelry that reflected a country where they lived or were born in.
I was born in Kassel, Germany. Kassel is now in the middle of the country. My family moved to the United States when I was 3 years old, but we frequently went back to visit relatives. My mother moved back to Germany when I was 20 years old. She lived in a part of Kassel called Kirchditmold that is at the edge of town and a 5 minute walk from the forest and beautiful green fields. Kassel is ringed with green hills. It is a lovely city full of green spaces and some interesting sights. My mother has passed away, but I still have family and friends there and visit often.
Bombing raids of 1943 destroyed 90% of the city centre. The downtown was rebuilt during the 1950s.
Wilhelmshöhe Palace is on a hill above the city, was built in 1786 by landgrave Wilhelm IX of Hesse-Kassel. The palace is now a museum with Graeco-Roman antiques and paintings including a large collection of Rembrandts. It is surrounded by the beautiful Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe. The Hercules monument could be seen from my mother’s house. It is an octagonal stone structure with a huge statue of Hercules on top. Cascades of water run down from there to Wilhelmshöhe Palace during the summer months twice a week. Nearby is the Löwenburg (“Lions Castle”), a replica of a medieval castle, also built during the reign of Wilhelm IX.
On the other side of town from my mother’s former house is another large park, the Karlsaue along the Fulda River. Established in the 16th century, it is famous for the Orangerie, a palace built in 1710 as a summer residence for the landgraves.
There are many museums in Kassel including art museums, science museums, and the Brothers Grimm Museum. The Grimm brothers wrote many of their fairy tales in Kassel.
Every five years Kassel hosts a huge art exhibition, the Documenta. I wrote a blog about last year’s Documenta 13.
All this green, including the green hills and forest, surrounding Kassel inspired the bead I made my pendant out of. I used dichroic and adventurine glass so it is more sparkly than the picture shows.
The dangles are all things that remind me of Germany. The tiny house is ceramic and was made by Diane Hawkey. The steep roof reminded me of German houses. The heart and dachshund are sterling silver. The cow is by Zarah and is enameled sterling silver.
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