If you haven’t noticed yet, we’re kicking off a killer art process video series highlighting some of our featured artists and their processes. The IPaintMyMind permanent collection boasts over 50 artists! That’s right — fifty! We love all of them and want to showcase the range of styles, focuses, and mediums represented in our 1000+ piece collection.
We thought that an artist process video series would help you all get familiar with some of our superstar artists. You can learn about their background, their work, and their process, all while getting inspired for your own creative pursuits. We already have a fantastic video from Russell Muits aka Storm Print City here.
Next on deck is one of our newer acquisitions, Michelle Chandra, and her incredible geometric work inspired by nature and the human body. Michelle works in the San Francisco Bay area, and runs her own design company called Dirt Alley Design. Whether it be her eye-catching spirographs or her Maze Maps, Michelle’s prints are more than meet the eye. They are all produced by computer generated code that she created herself. (She just happens to have a Masters in Programming, Data Art, and Cartography from NYU, because yeah, she’s that cool!) The incredible, complex, and flowing organic forms of her pieces are all made from pure code and mathematics. Wow!
In her IPMM artist process video, Michelle gives us an inside look at how she approaches her art. Her spirograph inspired pieces are created by a computer program that tells a pen plotter to place shapes around a central point. The placement of the shapes themselves are based on waveforms, which repeat over and over again. Waveforms are mathematical, but they create beautiful natural looking shapes and patterns as they repeat.
Michelle loves using these mathematical and scientific concepts to create beautiful images. She is deeply influenced by the symmetry which is found everywhere in nature. Rotational symmetry pops up in all of her patterns, which is a kind of symmetry often seen in plants, rock formations, and animals.
She also likes to play with broken code, or what happens when her intended programming is executed differently than she intended, or if she interrupts the process before the pen plotter is done. These happy accidents often create super cool effects in her finished pieces!
Another very interesting approach Michelle takes to her art is incorporating cartography. She has done other series of fantasy Maze Maps, and focused a lot of mapping in her studies. In some of her pieces, she uses real cartographical data, like shorelines, as her repeating form.
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