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Throwing Out Your Old Computers? This Artist Can Turn It Into Wonderful Works Of Art

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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 Spider
Julie Alice Chappell/Facebook

Copper Coloured Circuit Board Bug

Julie Alice Chappell/Facebook

CraneFlyJulie Alice Chappell/Facebook

Green Tiger Beetle
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.

The Little Green ForesterJulie Alice Chappell/Facebook

Little BeetleJulie Alice Chappell/Facebook

Mr. Blue SkyJulie Alice Chappell/Facebook

Purple Emperor ButterflyJulie Alice Chappell/Facebook

After keeping the box for a few years, she started paying attention to the parts after she decided to take the Fine Arts program in Portsmouth University.

The Elegant Bug
Julie Alice Chappell/Facebook

The Lucky Clover BugJulie Alice Chappell/Facebook

The Monologue Bug
Julie Alice Chappell/Facebook

The Push Button BugJulie Alice Chappell/Facebook

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.

The Silver BeetleJulie Alice Chappell/Facebook

The Summer Meadow ForesterJulie Alice Chappell/Facebook

The Wanderlust BugJulie Alice Chappell/Facebook

TortoiseShellJulie Alice Chappell/Facebook

Julie Alice Chappell believes that, “As an artist I can only hope that my artwork can be seen as a reminder that the natural world and environment are precious and in danger”.

Bloomy Mitsumi
Julie Alice Chappell/Facebook

Silver and Turquoise DragonflyJulie Alice Chappell/Facebook

The Rainbow ButterflyJulie Alice Chappell/Facebook

Triple Antennaed BeautyJulie Alice Chappell/Facebook

Aside from being a sculptor, she is also a painter and a photographer.

Julie Alice Chappell
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Sources: Julie Alice Chappell