Here Comes the Bride-Royal Redux

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Apr 2011

How badly do we Americans want our very own royal couple?????  And while I love a good romance as much as the next person, the feeding frenzy has gotten a little out of control.  With all the attention being focused on tacky souvenirs that will end up in a landfill, I thought it a breath of fresh air to feature one of my favorite British artists upcycling and repurposing items into new and exciting work with amazing craftsmanship. An Ode to the Royals…..

The Pearly Queen of Dalston by Ann Carrington

I first saw the work of Ann Carrington in the fabulous bathroom designed by the Novogratz Team of Sixx Design.  It was a black and white version of the Queen’s Portrait and hung above a delicious soaking tub; I was immediately smitten.  The original of The Pearly Queen of Dalston was commissioned for the Rothschild Collection to celebrate the Queen’s 80th Birthday.  It is made of thousands of pearl, troca and agoya shell buttons.  A limited edition lithoprint is available here.

1royal wedding sixx design

Sixx Design Bathroom

2royal bungalow hotel

Bungalow Hotel-Long Branch, NJ

3royal wedding crown ann carrington

The Pearly Crown Jewels of England is made using the same pearl and troca shell buttons with the addition of abalone. Also available in a signed and numbered limited edition lithoprint here.

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Hamptons home of Gwyneth Paltrow {photo by Eric Cahan via House and Garden}

The Hamptons home of Gwyneth Paltrow featured in House and Garden puts an Ann Carrington piece front and center in her foyer. The artist  has been commissioned to create pieces using everything from safety pins to scraps of denim for a Levi’s map of the USA.  Her use of recycled materials has led many to label her the Sculptor of Scrap, but her vision and workmanship say artist extraordinaire.