For this project I went through several ideas. First I thought about the human biology and considered clocks that were measured in heartbeats and breaths. Later, I thought about making a clock on the 28 day average menstrual cycle. Slowly, I moved away from this biological theme as I shifted to a more personal view of time. The clock I chose to do in the end was a clock based on emotions I was feeling while brainstorming. These feelings were of a lack of time. Often I feel that there is much to do in the day, but the time gets away from me and just burns away. I end up getting close to nothing done. This cloth represents the feeling of watching your blank day being eaten up before you can make a memorable mark on it, leaving only the nothingness underneath. I hope it is a reminder that time is precious, and a bit of a fright when you check back and see the fire has consumed more than you thought.
Making the clock involved a lot of research. Initially, I had no idea how I would make the fire. After looking around the P5.js website and trying a few methods including particles and shapes, I decided that perlin noise would be the best way to handle it. I watched all of Dan Shiffman’s videos on perlin noise, and also found some useful reference code http://p5js.org/reference/#/p5/noise. The clock is on a 24 hour schedule meant to symbolize the passing of the day. Time can be estimated by the amount of un-burned paper left within the white frame, the frame of time.
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