Jennifer Maestre has always been fascinated by the paradox posed by sea urchins. The beauty of its spines and the clear warning of danger that they represent. Each of Jennifer’s sea urchin-inspired sculptures took hours of painstaking work. She takes hundreds of pencils, cuts them to size, sharpens one end of each bit, and drills a hole right through them to make a bead. She then stitches them all together mainly using a peyote stitch. She said: “Sometimes one sculpture will inspire the next, or maybe I’ll make a mistake, and that will send me off in a new direction… I experimented with other pointy things and techniques, and finally hit on turning pencils into beads and sewing them together. Using this combination of technique and materials allows me to retain all the qualities that I want in my work, with the potential for more variety of form.”
I love my dogs, reading books, and taking great pictures with my battered but still functional digital camera. Taking great pictures with a high end camera is almost too easy, producing fantastic images with an outdated one is an accomplishment by itself.