Introduction to Creative Exploration on the Web
Harvard Extension School

migration story / winter carnations in bloom

Katherina Nguyen

Project Details


Katherina Nguyen


Feb 2017


The Bauhaus (Spring 2017)

Student Comments

Inspirational Works:



The inspiration behind this sketch came from these two images, one from the Bauhaus Painting collection, the other from the Bauhaus Pedagogy photography collection, which piqued my interest in how movement and depth could be created with lines, curves, and gradients. I'm particularly interested in the potential of the circle and its combinations in expressing kinetic direction. Even just experimenting with simple rescaling of the circle, I thought it was fascinating how circular overlaps can emulate a pathway and circular motions easily guide our eyes.

For the sketch itself, I started off with a series of unconnected experiments in drawing and animating shapes following methods in class. The 2nd sketch draws from the generative design study in adding noise to a line rotated in a circle. I added my own variables to play with the shape, contrast, and timing of the generated line flower until I was happy with its texture, which reminded me of carnations. I paired this with a simple spiral line animation for effect comparison since the generative methods were similar. For the 1st sketch, I set some bird shape drawings in motion by introducing noise randomness to the wing vertexes then randomly placed my flock across the canvas. Combining these birds with an early exploration of a circle grid helped set these birds in motion, animated thanks to the overlaps created by the circle grid, demonstrating classic Bauhaus ideas around the power of simple lines and forms. A simple story of migration emerged, which I supplemented by enabling click interaction to turn the circles into dark ominous clouds passing by, highlighted with multicolor outlines. Playing around with opacity randomness, I accidentally set it to trigger at every frame instead of at the beginning of the function but ended up keeping this for more dramatic effect on the dark storm clouds passing by the bravely flapping birds.

This has been a very fun exercise which I hope to continue to build out in my free time. In the future, I would like to explore more generative line / curve patterns to simulate weather patterns to add to the migration story and perhaps plug in real life data into sketches as well.