Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Artist takes old circuit boards and gives them new life as insect sculptures


I've featured the electronic arthropods of Julie Alice Chappell before, and her newest update of work is her strongest to date. For those not familiar, Julie is a UK-based artist who creates fascinating sculptures of winged insects using circuit boards found inside discarded computers and video game systems.

The use of old electronic components in her work was first inspired when she found a box full of discarded gadgets donated to a crafting center. She realized the circuit boards actually looked like insects with all their colorful and metallic bodies, wire legs and antennae. From those scrap materials rose a beautiful collection of Computer Bugs. The Portsmouth University graduate also receives various unwanted electronics from friends and organizations who support her passion.





Julie takes inspiration for her work by combining old and new techniques - using illustrations in old reference books, drawing and painting, digital design and incorporating patterns found in nature. Aside from insect sculptures, she also creates fun photographs and dioramas inspired by the Alien movies. Visit her Facebook page to see more of her beautiful art pieces.

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