Colored pencils are often used in art, but usually in the way that generates colored lines and shapes when they're rubbed on paper. This artist decided to use colored pencils to make her art, but in a different way. The sculptures of Jennifer Maestre are at once alien and familiar, from their organic yet unrecognizable shapes to their unusual but everyday material.
To create these pieces, Maestre takes hundreds of pencils, both colored and plain leads, and saws them into one-inch sections. She then drills a hole through each piece, creating a bead, and sews the pencil-beads together into the spiny creatures you see here.