Naked Geometry creates naturally inspired designs that meet at the intersection of art, woodworking, and mathematics. With a focus on sacred geometry and natural materials, our work showcases the beauty and truth of our world.
Sacred geometry first inspired the art of James Gyre (A'03) during his time studying painting at Carnegie Mellon University.
He paired those ancient principles with the modern practice of laser cutting at TechShop Pittsburgh.
Gyre embodies the growing Maker movement, and his merging of past and present caught President Obama's eye on a trip to Pittsburgh.
Gyre's business, Naked Geometry, is inspired by geometry found in nature. He creates intricate wooden pieces using old-fashioned tooling and Adobe Illustrator, which informs a laser cutter precisely how and where to cut pieces.
"The real makers blow me away. When I look at a 200-year-old metal compass — the fact that someone machined that — that's a maker," Gyre said. "I'm trying to find ways to really combine the new tools with the old crafts."