Behind the scenes: Interviews with two very different artists

August 07, 2015

Have you ever thought of e-waste as being beautiful? British cook-turned-artist Julie Alice Chappell sees beauty where others see rubbish dump. She turns the discards of unwanted computers and circuit boards into bugs, butterflies and dragonflies.
In ditching cooking for art, Julie Alice says she was 'searching for an art form that could convey a serious message, while at the same time being captivating for the audience; an art form which would turn people‘s thoughts to the beauty of the natural world and the threats facing it.'
Find out more about Julie Alice's intriguing bug art and her passion for the environment over on the blog.
By contrast, Israeli artist Smadar Gerlich has turned her love of papier mache into fun, joyful dolls. Whimsical voluptuous women in colourful clothes are her signature style but she also makes couples, friends sitting on benches, Caribbean singers, animals, miniature houses ...
'I love their imperfect appearance,' she says. 'They might be chubby but they are beautifully dressed and well-groomed and they all look pleased with themselves.'
Read our interview with Smadar on the blog to find out why she loves 'playing with dolls', specialising in papier mache and recycled materials.



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