Artist Turns Old Circuit Boards and Electronic Components into Beautiful Winged Insects

UK-based artist Julie Alice Chappell has chosen an unusual medium for her sculptures – discarded electronics. She tears out circuit boards and other components from broken devices, and converts them into delicate insect figurines.

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Julie’s introduction to the unique art form occurred several years ago, when she happened to find a big box of tiny electronic components at ‘The Craft Bank’, in Portsmouth, UK. “The first thing that came into my head when I looked at them was, ‘a mass of tiny bodies and legs… ants!’ I took them home to my children and we made ants.”

The box lay forgotten for a few years after that, only to be discovered again when Julie was pursuing a Fine Arts degree. That’s when her interest in discarded electronic components was rekindled. She happened to meet a few young artists who were using computer circuit boards to create a life-size robot. They eventually abandoned their project, and Julie took the circuit boards home.

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