james nolan gandy's drawing machines produce intricate geometric artworks

james nolan gandy's drawing machines produce intricate geometric artworks

drawing machinist james nolan gandy creates mechanical parts and movements for a variety of wood and metal machines that produce intricate, multi-color artworks. completely analogue, the drawings are created using a variety of pens, pulleys and gears, that together generate geometric pieces somewhere between mesmerizing spirographs and moiré patterns. all images courtesy of james nolan gandy



gandy, who grew up in northeast florida, gained the knowledge to create his drawing machines by making custom furniture for a living for almost 20 years, before he started to work with metal more than five years ago. his artworks are produced in a purely mechanical, analogue way, without the use of any digital means, but with the interaction between human and machine. though the relatively-simple machine constructions can operate almost completely autonomously, gandy needs to pause the machine and interfere when he wants to change the drawing’s color.

james nolan gandy



james nolan gandy james nolan gandy



james nolan gandy james nolan gandy james nolan gandy

james nolan gandy




project info:



artist: james nolan gandy

    have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
    all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

    comments policy
    LOG IN
    designboom's comment policy guidelines
    generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
    the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

    what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
    let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

    - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
    - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
    - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
    - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
    - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
    (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
    in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
    the best 100-200 entries too.)

    a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.


    a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

    art news

    keep up with our daily and weekly stories
    492,661 subscribers
    - see sample
    - see sample