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) that 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 graduating in 2015 and I put aside the project. Until recently, when I decided it was time to brush up on my programming skills and revisit past projects!
For the past week, I have been creating new "instacollages" for my Instagram account.
These new instacollages are part of my #100dayproject, which is where you commit to spending 100 days on a creative project of sorts.
I will be making instacollages, while brushing up on my programming skills to create some generative/programmatic art inspired by patterns found in nature!
Follow me on Instagram @dirtalleydesign to see new collages and prints as they are being created.
About Dirt Alley Design
Dirt 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!