Artist in Residence Allie Joy tells us about The Art of Code….

I was fortunate enough to take part in a creative coding course, the Art of Code, run by generative artist Jessica In (SheDrawswithCode). Over 3 weekends she taught the basics of writing code in Processing to create a piece of artwork. I’ve never written code before so I knew I was in for a challenge and I was totally up for it. As a digital artist I work mainly in editing softwares like After Effects (AE) and Premiere Pro. What I want to create now requires me to expand existing digital skills, it felt right that creative coding was the way to go. 

One of the interesting things I first noticed on day one was that the majority of the group came from an architectural background, including Jessica. This a subject area I’ve never explored within my practice, it’s easy to see the parallels between shapes, space and intention and something I hope to integrate in the future. Architects tend to be really good at maths, which is not one of my strong points, still, I was pleasantly surprised when I could remember SOH-CAH-TOA! The other aspect of learning a coding language is the strict format and construction for the order of commands. However just like a creative process, it’s the mistakes that often lead to the most interesting ideas. I’m using this as a springboard to keep failing and keep learning.  Yes, it’s a steep curve but well worth it for the value it brings to a digital artists’ toolkit. 

I have started on this road to learning code which was kickstarted through the support of BOM. It continues now because of  the plethora of support within the coding community. This culture of open learning allows greater scope for creativity and collaboration. As Picasso says, ‘Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist’ 

The first image below is a moire pattern, I love optical illusions and I wanted to highlight the interactivity that can be found in still images. As you scroll up and down you should see it move.

The second image is a still of the animation that moves when the mouse is pressed, this was exported as an image which can now be printed using an Axidraw Penplotter. This is another great tool that can be used by visual artists who create with code. This is a long term goal of mine so if you would like to keep up to date with my creative coding journey then you can do so by following me on insta at alliejoyartist or visit