Sure, you think that pencils are needed only for drawing and ear picking, but Jennifer Maestre doesn’t think so. Artist always use things other than for their intended purpose.

Meet Jennifer Maestre, a South African-born, Massachusetts-based artist, who makes amazing pencil sculptures.


My sculptures were originally inspired by the form and function of the sea urchin. The spines of the urchin, so dangerous yet beautiful, serve as an explicit warning against contact. The alluring texture of the spines draws the touch in spite of the possible consequences. The tension unveiled, we feel push and pull, desire and repulsion. The sections of pencils present aspects of sharp and smooth for two very different textural and aesthetic experiences.


To make the pencil sculptures, I take hundreds of pencils, cut them into 1-inch sections, drill a hole in each section (to turn them into beads), sharpen them all and sew them together. The beading technique I rely on most is peyote stitch.

Jennifer also makes pencil jewelry. You can find it here. Oh, and her website is

1. Aurora

2. Springtime Tall Tale

3. Terpsichore

4. 3 to 1 Twist

5. Asteridae

6. Seethe

7. Luna

8. Materialize

9. Minx

10. Owl

11. Heat Wave

12. Flex

13. Ozma

14. Silkie

15. Spine

16. Tiamat

17. Hive

18. Imp

19. Chimera

20. Ibentina

21. Kraken