UK-based artist Julie Alice Chappell has given a whole new meaning to electronic component bugs with her array
of hand-made bugs and butterflies fabricated from recycled electronics parts. Resistors, capacitors, inductors,
integrated circuits, connectors, pins, circuit boards, connectors, switches, adaptors, wire, batteries, terminals,
insulation, mounting hardware, oscillators, and other types of components are fair game for inclusion in her handiwork.
Some items like the transparent wings are made from "reclaimed acetate," but the majority appear to come from
discarded electronic appliances. Those amazingly detailed wings are hand-painted based on examples of real-life
butterflies and other flying insects that she finds online and in books. I could not find prices on her offerings
anywhere. Her DewLeaf page on Esty claims the
pieces sell so fast that she had to take the site down temporarily while building inventory - a nice 'problem'
to have when you are in business. The best place I found to view what seems to be an endless collection of Ms.
Chappell's bugs is her juliealicechappellart
WordPress website, and there are also many photos on her
Julie Alice Chappell Facebook page. She also published an article on the effort in
Just as supposedly Renaissance artist Michelangelo, in response to the Pope's question of how he created the
famous granite statue of David,
replied, "I just remove everything that doesn't look like David,'" it might be said of Julie that when she creates
her statuettes that she just removes all the components from the original circuits that don't look like insects.
Not that she needs my suggestions, but a good gag type product line would be 'stinkbugs' made from burned up
electronics components (remember you heard it here first).
The "Computer Component Bugs" below is just a teasing of what can be found on her various websites. Enjoy.
Here are other pages with electronics art on them:
Winged Insects from Electronics Components, Electronics Art,
Engineering , Math, and Science Graffiti,
Engineering & Science Tattoos #1, Engineering &
Science Tattoos #2,
Posted on June 15, 2015