I was surprised to see this art piece by Jennifer. It is a unique and clever work of art. I believe that making such a wonderful art piece is very complex. Pencils are used as the main object to form the shape of the chalice.
About the Chalice (2013)
I find this art piece extraordinary. I have learned that in order to create this pencil sculpture, Jennifer used hundreds of pencils and cut them into 1-inch sections. She also drilled a hole in each section in order to turn them into beads, sharpen them all and sew them together. The beading technique she relied on most is called peyote stitch.
About the Author
Jennifer Maestre was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. She went to Massachusetts College of Art, B.F.A., Glass with Distinction, Departmental Honors and Wellesley College, B.A., Fine Arts/Economics. Jennifer is an award winning artist. She was a Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant winner. Jennifer is self-taught in several beading techniques, especially peyote stitch, which is great for creating sculptural work.
Jennifer 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 allowed her to retain all the qualities that she wants in her work, with the potential for more variety of form.
According to Jennifer, she is inspired by animals, plants, other art, Ernst Haeckel and Odilon Redon, and mythology. Sometimes one sculpture will inspire the next; there are times that she makes a mistake, and that will send her off in a new direction.
Thank you so much Jennifer Maestre for allowing us to post and share your wonderful pencil structure. If you wish to know more of her interesting artworks, you can go and visit her website.
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