What could be more fascinating than exotic deep sea creatures made out of colored pencils? Jennifer Maestre has an imagination that never ends, her inspiration came from the sea urchin and the intriguing yet dangerous spine of the urchin. One of the first thoughts that pop up is, "how did she do this?"
Maestre takes hundreds of pencils, cuts them into one inch sections, drills a hole, sharpens them then uses a beading technique to sew them all together. The result is a colorful fantasy that make you want to reach out and touch it despite yourself knowing the consequences will not be pleasant. She uses the smooth and spike side to create texture and demension within the sculpture, soft and hard edges compliment each other seemlessly.
Maestre said she lets her inspiration come naturally, most start of with animals but some ideas come from another sculpture she is working on and they feed off of each other. To create the illusion of something moving like fluid with a manmade object such as colored pencils is inspiring and a pleasure to look at.
The result is a colorful fantasy that make you want to reach out and touch it despite yourself knowing the consequences will not be pleasant.