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.


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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