ChipScapes – art and jewelry from computer chips #Art #VintageComputing

ChipScapes is an online store which has art based on vintage tech from transistors to microcontrollers. Some of the favorites I found browsing the site:

A collection of silicon wafers consisting of the classic 6502 CPU, 6521 PIA, 6549 CVDG, 6551 ACIA/UART chips
Silicon Wafer Earrings

Steve Emery is the artist behind the site.

I’ve worked with computer systems for over 40 years, so chip technology is something I’m familiar with, but I’m by no means an expert. ChipScapes came about as a confluence of hobbies. I am a collector of vintage computer chips, and I am an avid photographer. I had a challenge communicating my fascination with chips with my family and friends.

These funny bug-like devices couldn’t tell their own stories 🙂  I began taking pictures of these microscopic chips, framing the chips with their photographs, and writing stories about them. I found art to be the communication vehicle I needed. To me, the sharing of stories, the art, and the beauty is what ChipScapes are all about. It is about preserving these chips, which today are being ground up and melted for their precious metals. I love the creation stories, the marketing challenges, and the corporate intrigue that swirled around them.

You can see the site here


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