Forge is a collaborative work of two well-known Slovenian
artists and authors: Joze
and Zlata Volaric, the translation and
editorial talent of Milena Lawhead, mixed with the Flash
design and artwork of Nathalie
The site is a tribute to the aesthetic traditions of the
masters. Haiga are a combination of Haiku poems and brush
artwork. They often depicted simple subjects out of everyday
life such as birds, clouds, or plants, sketched in black
The site’s main theme is lost birds traveling through
clouds, painted in
watery ink like black and white. The Haiku and large portions
of the site are framed with a calligraphic border resembling
Haiga's quick, sketchy lines.
As in Haiku the ssite is a play between images in the poem,
and images in the Haiga painting, accompanied with random
Upon entering the visitor is faced with a sentence "moments
lost in time".
Each of these words "moments", "lost",
and "time" is a Haiku category depicting the feelings
the author had in those particular situations. The three
menu’s expand offering thirteen different Haiku, which
trigger one of three random Haiga animations, at the end
of which one of three random Haiku load, along with a random
The entire site is based on Math.random.
Random animations, random photographs, and random Haiku,
which load randomly through a small function.
Random sound which is attached to three mouse states (Over,
Down, Release), and, after it’s downloaded, randomly
plays either a cello or musical voice when the mouse is
pressed, or a small segment of an orchestra when the mouse
rolls over one of fifteen invisible button ‘hotspot’
randomly placed on the screen.
The Haiku Forge utilizes Flash to create interactive Haiga
imagery all capturing the viewer in the middle of a completely
random and unexpected moment.
Haiga Forge beautifully
interpreted is all liquid. It flows like melting snow in
a magnificent mush of motion graphic and sound. The random
nature of this piece appeals to me, I mean it is as it should
be, a spontaneous and interactive journey that plays with
the senses. The words are beautiful and the images intricately
woven together with a menu of dripping numbers. Like melting
snow we move through moments lost in time, each a new journey
due to it's randomness. I was mesmerised by this truly hypnotic
piece of Flash.