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Winged Insects from Electronics Components

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 Permaculture.

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.

Julie Alice Chappell ELectronics Components Bugs (#1) - RF Cafe 

Julie Alice Chappell ELectronics Components Bugs (#3) - RF Cafe 

Julie Alice Chappell ELectronics Components Bugs (#5) - RF Cafe

Julie Alice Chappell ELectronics Components Bugs (#2) - RF Cafe

Julie Alice Chappell ELectronics Components Bugs (#4) - RF Cafe

Julie Alice Chappell ELectronics Components Bugs (#6) - RF Cafe 

Here are other pages with electronics art on them: Winged Insects from Electronics Components, Electronics Art, Engineering Artwork, Engineering , Math, and Science Graffiti, Engineering & Science Tattoos #1, Engineering & Science Tattoos #2, Electronic Component Sculptures



Posted on June 15, 2015

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