About Dirt Alley Design
I Create the Art I'd Like to Own: Fun, Interactive, Eye-Catching
I create the kind of art that will remind you of childhood. The kind of art that will stop your friends in their tracks when they realize my maze maps are more than just a map, or my spirograph prints are no ordinary spirograph. The kind of art that speaks to a love for math and science, cities and travel - exploring the world, curious about the unknown.
Generative Spirograph Art: Designed with Data
In October of 2019, I released my first generative spirograph print collection - Endless Forms Most Beautiful. My spirograph art prints are created programmatically, but the designs are reminiscent of the forms created by toy spirographs you might have played with as a child (or as an adult!) See my latest spirograph designs here.
The radially symmetric designs are the result of an algorithm that places shapes rotating around a central point based on the frequency and amplitude of waveforms. Out of pure mathematics and code, delicate and finely detailed forms arise reminiscent of origami, mandalas, flowers, and other *beautiful things*!
Each spirograph print is drawn to order using a robotic drawing machine - the Axidraw by Evil Mad Scientist Labs. I use a variety of pens for each print including gelly roll and micron pens by Sakura, and coptic multiliner pens.
I donate prints to local causes including providing survivors of the 2017 Sonoma County fire with new home decor. In 2020, I became a featured artist with I Paint My Mind based in Chicago. This amazing nonprofit brings rotating art galleries to local schools through their Shared Walls program, and I am thrilled to be a participating artist. I have also donated the proceeds from the sale of my prints to worthy causes including Black Girls Code ($225 donated so far in 2020.)
Please contact me if you are a non-profit interested in working with me!
A Little Bit About Me
Michelle Chandra studied programming, data art and cartography at NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program where she earned her Master's degree (that's a fancy way of saying she's got the know-how to make cool art).
For her Master's Thesis, she created an interactive map visualization that let you see sunrises and sunsets around the world on Instagram in real-time! Her graduate work has been featured in many publications including the Daily Mail, theWashington Post, Engadget, Gizmodo, the Creator’s Project and the Weather Channel.
Michelle founded Dirt Alley Design just off a dirt alley in San Francisco in December of 2016. After working for several years at a web mapping startup, Michelle decided to pursue her entrepreneurship dreams full time in 2018.
When Michelle isn't busy designing cool art, she enjoys exploring the great outdoors and rock climbing.
I think my art prints are pretty cool, but don't take just my word for it! My artwork has been featured in the Chicago Tribune, Forbes, Print Mag and Vice, to name a few!