Artist creates 2 huge galleon ships from old pearl necklaces

Artist Ann Carrington has created two beautiful galleon ships made purely from old pearl necklaces.

Carrington explains, "As an artist I like my artworks to tell stories and I often use discarded materials. I have been collecting old pearl necklaces from boot fairs and junk shops for a few years, knowing that one day I was going to build a couple of huge galleons from them.

"I was inspired to make the galleons after watching a documentary about a factory in China which manufactures every kind of conceivable pearl adornment in colossal quantities. I decided to make two Chinese sailing junks cruising on a tangled, never-ending sea of wedding tiaras, chokers and earrings. Eventually last spring I had enough for my project and I got to work!

"First of all, I built a metal structure on which to hang the necklaces and then over the course of the year I slowly threaded and weaved the beads to build up my galleons. Pearl bracelets and bangles were used for portholes and pearl tiaras for sails. For the rigging I found strings of tiny pearl seed beads were perfect and I secured them with beautiful pearl brooches."

She continues, "My favorite part is the sea – a heaving, tangled mass of pearls! I called the sculptures 'Wing Wo Wave' and 'White Cloud City' – after two of the largest pearl factories in China!"

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