Posts Tagged ‘Pencil Sculpture’

Alphabet, 2005. Dalton Ghetti (b. 1961). Pencil and graphite. Collection of the Artist.

Pencils have been associated with art for hundreds of years, but it is only recently that they have been used for sculptures rather than to draw with. Artist Dalton Ghetti, a Brazilian native now living in Bridgeport, CT, has been carving miniature sculptures into the graphite of pencils since he was a school boy in Brazil. However, he makes a living as a carpenter. He received his associate’s degree in architecture from Norwalk Community Technical College. As a child in Brazil, Ghetti sharpened his pencils with a razor blade, which led to him experiment with carving into the wood of the pencils and then with other materials such as chalk, soap, and tree bark. Eventually, he discovered the ease with which graphite could be carved into because of its smooth texture. He uses No. 2 pencils and stronger, flat carpenter pencils. (more…)


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Chimera, 2006. Jennifer Maestre. Pencil stubs and thread, 21 x 12 x 12 in.

Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Jennifer Maestre is a Massachusetts-based artist.  She graduated from the Massachusetts College of Art where she studied glass in 1999 with her BFA.  However, she is currently known for her sculptures made from sewing the tips of colored pencils together.  Her inspiration comes from the form and function of sea urchins.  She describes their spines as being “so dangerous yet beautiful, [they] 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.”

Maestre creates her sculptures by drilling holes into 1 inch sections of pencils and using them as beads to sew them together using a beading technique called peyote stitch.  The story of how this technique emerged from her studies at the Massachusetts College of Art is quite interesting: (more…)

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