Electronic Component Art Challenge

Wired published a story about artist Leonardo Ulian and the unique use of electronic components in his Mandala series. Although it wasn't mentioned in the article, Jameco supplied some of those now-famous components to Leonardo.

Mandala Series A piece from Leonardo Ulian's Mandala series.

The inspired use of Jameco products made us wonder "What other art work could be made out of electronic components?"

Jameco Challenge: Create a piece of art that is mostly composed of electronics components and take a high resolution photo of it. Email your photo as a .jpg attachment to [email protected] along with a list of the components you used.

We would love to feature in a future newsletter fun using electronic components in a new way!

Electronic Component Art Challenge Submissions

We asked our readers to think outside the workbench and use electronic components in a different way... to create a piece of art! Jameco hobbyists responded to our challenge. The two submissions below show the diversity that both art and electronics can offer. Check out our favorite submissions and let us know what you think.

Art Component
Art Component Zoom

Dale Eastman of San Francisco, California works as both a multimedia artist and a writer. Often times her two practices influence one another.

"After using my computer as a writing tool for many years, I became fascinated with learning something about and being able to manipulate the different electronic parts that enabled me to put words on a screen. This led me to Jameco, where I found every computer part I could ever hope to use in my work."

Inspired by the discovery, Dale began the long journey of creating her art series, which combines computer disc capacitors, radial varistors, linen and in some pieces, grape vine wood. View Dale's entire series here.

Matt Field, a carpenter and amature scientist from Lakewood, California submitted "Frankendroid". Matt stated that the idea to incorporate the circuit with the Android came when he started seeing custom painted Android figurines online. This inspired him to create a Android with actual working components that displayed its inner workings on its exterior.

"I had previously purchased a Velleman kit model #VM139 and enjoyed assembling it so much, that I scoured my random parts bins looking for the same pieces to build the circuit again, but with a different look," Matt told us.

Art Robot Components used:

(1) 9 volt battery
(1) Battery clip
(2) 5mm LED holders/sockets
(1) 1" x 6" strip Conductive Copper Tape
(2) Red LED 5mm
(1) Green LED 3mm
(1) IR Receiver Diode
(1) Micro Slide DPDT Toggle Switch
(1) 470nF 100V Polymer Capacitor
(2) NTE 159 Transistor
(1) NTE 123A Transistor
(2) 1MΩ Resistor
(3) 470Ω Resistor
(1) 100Ω Resistor
(1) 220Ω Resistor
(1) 220kΩ Resistor
(1) 1kΩ Resistor
(1) Blank Vinyl Android

As a kid, Matt enjoyed taking his toys apart to find out now they worked.
Not all of them made it back together but this taught him to repurpose what was salvageable.

"I received my first 300-in-1 Electronics Lab Kit as a gift from my parents which I would say really "sparked" my interest further into learning about what makes our electronic world tick."