Jennifer Maestre is a South American born artist, who works primarily with pencils. She graduated Wellesley College for Fine Arts and Economics in 1981, and got her BFA at Massachusetts College of Art in 1997. Her sculptures were first inspired by sea urchins. What she does is takes a bunch of pencils, cuts them into one inch sections, drills a hole in them so they become beads, and sews them together. Then she makes super awesome sculptures.
here's her website, and some photos: Jennifer Maestre