Birgit Thalau uses materials with a past: leftovers, second-hand and forgotten stuff, fragments and other miserable, abstract bits. Her works gain structure and shape through a particular treatment and attention, a manual process, which is a technic or a random gesture she determined, a ”craft behaviour”. Subjects are inspired from outside the workshop and are related to the realities of today. They involve topics of concern that are rooted in society and touch us as humans. The resulting pieces contain new and existing jewellery qualities and underpin questions about values.