yuri vishnevsky: weavesilk yuri vishnevsky: weavesilk
jan 13, 2011

yuri vishnevsky: weavesilk

yuri vishnevsky’s ‘weavesilk’ program creates dynamic generative art

weavesilk‘, a web-based program developed by yuri vishnevsky, allows anyone to create complex landscapes of colour and line with simply the swipe of a finger or computer mouse.

a student at rutgers university in the united states, vishnevsky has just begun a campaign on kickstarter to raise money for the development of ‘weavesilk’ application for tablets and smartphones.

an image from the ‘weavesilk’ gallery

in its current, web-based form, the program waits for a user to draw on the screen– temporarily rendering the sketch as lines and stars in the night sky– and then uses these points as the starting input for its generative algorithm. the direction, density, and colours of the lines that are generated all vary within and across individual pieces. the algorithm can be set to run more quickly or more slowly, or played back after its completion.

designboom uses ‘weavesilk’ to iterate on our name from top: our original drawing; the design in progress; the image upon completion of the algorithm; the image with new additions drawn in and run through the program

the ability to interact with ‘weavesilk’ through a touchscreen rather than a mouse is just one of the reasons vishnevsky hopes to develop his project into an independent application. he is also exploring the idea of adding code to dynamically generate music and sound alongside the evolving artwork.

each new swipe generates a line in a different colour

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