You could be forgiven for thinking that the things in these pictures are a species of sea creature, or perhaps a type of organism found on another planet entirely. But despite their otherworldly appearance, they are in fact items of delicate jewelry created by Japanese artist Mariko Kusumoto.

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Based in Massachusetts, Kusumoto makes her ethereal wearables by heating translucent fabric until it holds the shape she wants. The fundamental simplicity of the process creates a stunning contrast with her often intricate designs in order to produce a beautiful paradox that is both majestic and captivating.

“My work reflects various, observable phenomena that stimulate my mind and senses; they can be natural or man-made,” says Kusumoto. “I ‘reorganize’ them into a new presentation that can be described as surreal, amusing, graceful, or unexpected.” As you can see from the pictures below, they can also be described as awesome.

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