UK artist, Julie Alice Chappell’s collection called Computer Component Bugs is environmental art at its finest. She creates amazing insect art from recycled circuit boards and other waste electronic parts. Her work certainly brings our attention to “the ever increasing amounts of e-waste” out there. This is an ongoing problem given the rapid growth in technology and our reliance on the latest gadgetry.
Several years ago, the artist came by a big box of unwanted electronic parts. She explained, “With all their tiny components, complex circuitry and bright metallic colours I cannot help but compare them to the detailed patterns we see when we look at nature up close.” She thought they resembled the tiny bodies and legs of ants!
She then started to make all kinds of whimsical insects from the electronic components and continues to grow her collection with every new find. She said, “Many of the computers I take apart I literally find discarded on the street or in wasteland. I get phones and keyboards from The Craft Bank (donated by companies), I receive various unwanted electronics from friends and organisations who support my work and I’m always on the look out for more donations of vintage technologies.”
All images are copyright of Julie Alice Chappell. Photographs used with permission