Instacollage - Collage the Collages

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In my first year as a graduate student at NYU at ITP (a program that mixed art and computer science), I was very interested in photography.

Most of my big projects in graduate school ended up being an exploration of a photographic concept.

It all began my first semester with my first programming project - "Instacollage." This was a simple program created using Processing (a program that helps you learn how to code by creating visual art.) 

 The program sliced up random images together creating images with a feeling of being a double exposure. 


 At the time, I was also interested in things that were "meta" so I played with "collaging my collages" which often resulted in even more fun and textured effects!

 Fast forward to 2015 when I graduated and put aside the project. Until recently, when I decided it was time to brush up on my programming skills and revisit past projects!

 For thirty days, I gave myself the challenge of creating new instacollages. These new images are part of my #100dayproject, which is where you commit to spending 100 days on a creative project of sorts. 

 The first 30 days of my 100 day project was spent generating new instacollages! 

For the rest of the project, I will be creating spirographs from code using a sketch I also created while I was in graduate school. Follow me on my 100 Day Project adventure on Instagram @dirtalleydesign.

About Dirt Alley Design

michelle chandraDirt Alley Design was founded just off a dirt alley in San Francisco in December of 2016 by artist Michelle Chandra. Inspired by the beauty of street grids, Michelle invented maze maps in which she transforms street grids into mazes. 

My maze art isn't just decorative art for your home, it's a real puzzle maze you can solve (if you dare!) I think my maze maps are pretty cool, but don't take just my word for it! My maze maps have been featured in the Chicago Tribune, Forbes, Print Mag and Vice, to name a few!

100 day project 2019 photography

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