Paul and Kate Studio. You can be the judge on where their inspiration comes from.
"I’ve been making these pod/barnacle things for the past couple of months and didn’t know why. I don’t have any special fondness for barnacles or anything. Today I looked up in my closet and the ceiling was COVERED in these gross nasty weird wormy linty things hanging down. Allaboutworms.com says they are the Larvae of the Case-Bearing Clothes Moth. I say my muse?"
Here is the link to the forum thread.