Bugging Out: Julie Alice Chappell’s Recycled Electronic Insect Art


Today’s inspiration comes from UK-based artist, Julie Alice Chappell. Her unique creations give new life to old circuit boards and electronic components. Delicately handcrafted into delightful winged insects, Chappell’s artworks hold as much fascination for her as do the originals upon which these pieces are based.

I view the miniature circuit boards with the same curiosity and amazement as I view the natural world.

‘Computer Component Bugs’ is the title she has bestowed on this series. Her work, like many artists who use found objects, exposes the vices of contemporary culture. Chappell sees consumer waste as a primary vice of today’s throw-away world. And, rightly so. If we were to listen to Apple, Microsoft or any of the leading technology vendors they would have us convinced that we need a new gadget every one-two years. (I shock many Apple Store sales people when I tell them I still have my original white MacBook from 2007. It’s slow but it chugs along and gets done what we need it to, thank you very much!) It is easy to fall prey to that type of mentality of misapplying wants for needs. But, that aside ….

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Julie Alice Chappell’s winged creations bristle with color, style, and simplicity that make these sculptures simply charming.

So, when you are feeling a bit drained, perhaps you can take a moment to look at her work and discover a smile coming upon your face as you think of the inventiveness of this artist to use recycled materials to give voice to her creativity and her present fascination with the insect world.

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.”




I hope you find it all inspiring.

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