Throwing Out Your Old Computers? This Artist Can Turn It Into Wonderful Works Of Art
Julie Alice Chappell is a Portsmouth, UK-based artist who uses unwanted computer and electronic parts to form elegant insect sculptors.
“I use all sorts of discarded and unwanted items to create my dioramas, from computer equipment to plastic toys. My practice involves breaking down the pre-existing materials, reinterpreting them and offering them a new form with new purpose, creating something beautiful, whimsical and precious”, she wrote in her Facebook page. Jumping SpiderJulie Alice Chappell/Facebook Copper Coloured Circuit Board Bug Julie Alice Chappell/Facebook
It was all started when she stumbled upon a box of tiny electronic components at the Beneficial Foundation in Portsmouth, also known as “The Craft Bank”. The foundation receives donations of rejected items from different companies and gives these to schools, artists and community groups who turn these parts into more useful and valuable objects. “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”, she said at permaculture.
She then created one-of-a-kind bugs, butterflies, dragonflies, and beetles. Her “Computer Component Bugs” collections have been shown in various exhibitions already and she hopes to have permanent exhibit in a natural history museum for her artworks.