Make 100 Kickstarter: Riso Prints, Spirographs, Oh My!

Posted by Michelle Chandra on

Each January the past few years, I have watched artists I admire launch Make 100 Kickstarter campaigns. And every year, I have thought, next year, I will launch my own! Welp, that time has finally arrived.

In January of 2020, I will release my next round of spirograph prints as a Make 100 Kickstarter campaign. (I create spirograph-ish designs programmatically using Processing, and draw the resulting designs with a drawing machine.)

But Wait, Michelle! What is a Make 100 Kickstarter Campaign?

It sounds exactly like what you probably think it might be - a campaign to make 100 of something (anything, really!) In my case, I will be making 100 spirograph prints - 25 prints as a special limited riso print, and the remaining prints as spirographs drawn with my Axidraw pen plotter (which is like a drawing machine!)

These new spirographs will be designs constructed entirely from shapes with straight edges like hexagons, octagons and pentagons (shh, don't tell me I can't call them spirographs anymore if they aren't made from circles!) 

Why Launch a Make 100 Kickstarter?

Besides the fact a Kickstarter is a good challenge, one of my goals in 2020 as an artist is to reach a bigger online audience. In May of 2019, I decided to focus on Instagram as a way to reach that online audience (you can follow me @dirtalleydesign!)

While growing my Instagram following since August, I ended up making lots of inspiring connections with people around the world opening up all sorts of possibilities as an artist! It's been a lot of fun, and hugely motivating as an artist. A Kickstarter seems like another fun online experiment to take as an artist.

Make 100 Kickstarter Rewards

An unexpected outcome of working on my Kickstarter, has been of course, making the rewards, but with fresh new spins on my spirograph prints! It turns out my spirograph prints lend themselves well to the riso print process. (Read my blog post on learning how to make a riso print!)

I also recently experimented with drawing one of my spirograph designs with areas shaded in with gold fill, which makes the resulting design glimmer (gold bling baby!) and appear more 3d!  

The spirographs pictured here will be part of my Make 100 Kickstarter release. Stay tuned to find out the final prints that will be released as part of the Kickstarter in January of 2020!

About Dirt Alley Design

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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. In 2019, she began a new project - generative spirograph prints created with code and drawn with a pen plotter. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter @dirtalleydesign where she posts new spirograph designs daily.


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