Airship Cadillac – In a Realm All Its Own

In the late 1950s, Cadillacs were sometimes sold with the slogan, “In a Realm all its own.” Cadillacs are often associated with mystery, imagination, elegance, luxury and power. Sort of like Steampunk, wouldn’t you say?

Interior Detail, Airship Cadillac waterglobe, Camryn Forrest Designs 2013The Fleetwood, with its exaggerated tail-fins and over the top detailing epitomized the luxury car; you didn’t just run an errand in a Cadillac, you had an adventure.

Someone asked me why we see sailing ships suspended so often under steampunk fantasy airships — and rather than come up with a good answer, I drifted off and started thinking of other modes of transportation that might get the job done just as well or better than a sailing ship. Assuming we’ve created an entirely new power source for the grand airship (and we no longer need to depend on wind power for extra ooomph!), the new improved airship should be able to carry just about anything. Hey, I’ve seen Back to the Future more than once, and I know these things are possible.

I figure you could take a caddy, and fly it to the moon if you wanted. To the stars. What does make me wistful is wondering if I could see what happens when “Airship Cadillac” meets “Flight of the Warrior Rhino” — look out. That Rhino is just looking for a battle these days. There’s a story being written and I’m not there to witness the cliffhanger.

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And you know what kind of airship I might work on next? An Airstream Trailer under a Zeppelin. A to Z, why not?

Airship Cadillac: One of a kind custom 5-inch snow globe (water globe) with tiny airship and gold 1957 Cadillac suspended below for the ride. When shaken, the liquid-filled interior shimmers with gold dust, giving the impression of a jump into hyper-speed. All designs and images Copyright (c) Camryn Forrest Designs, Denver, Colorado 2013.

The strange saga of the Warrior Rhino snow globe

It was a simple idea at the time. I wanted, I planned, to make a snow globe sculpture called “Invisible Carousel.” I sketched it out to perfection. Frollicking giraffes and unicorns, a pig and a buffalo, all parading in a whimsical circle.

A sweet little idea, with a variety of small metal animals, each perched atop an unseen clear support, at different heights, so when viewed inside the snow globe, it would appear to be a carousel with no mechanical support. The invisible carousel. Charming. Dripping with charm.

I collected the animals I needed and began to work.

Until the Rhino.

Oh, the Rhino! Barely the size of my thumbnail, he exuded a fierce personality, completely unsuited for the sweet endless ride of a carousel. “I want adventure!” he proclaimed. “I have battles yet to fight, and honor to defend.” He refused to sit politely on a carousel post, protesting that he was too old to be ridden by a child, no matter how imaginary. He seemed to cock his rhino horn in my direction, looking as threatening as his 19 or so millimeters would allow.

How does one deny the will of the angry Rhino? Using the tiniest tools, I crafted a tiny harness of leather straps and chains, and fitted the Rhino carefully. Next, I outfitted a grand airship for him, battle-worn, but complete with bazookas and other weaponry. I hung ammo belts and tiny knife sheaths off his harness, and put torpedoes at his disposal on each side.

Go forth and fight your battles, Warrior Rhino. The carousel can ride another day.

The Warrior Rhino flies at dawn.

Flight of the Warrior Rhino custom snow globe, Camryn Forrest Designs 2013

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Flight of the Warrior Rhino custom snow globe, Camryn Forrest Designs 2013

Flight of the Warrior Rhino custom snow globe, Camryn Forrest Designs 2013

Flight of the Warrior Rhino Snow Globe, Camryn Forrest DesignsAll images and designs are copyright (c) 2013 Camryn Forrest Designs, Denver, Colorado USA.

Airships, Dirigibles and Zeppelins, oh my!

What is it about airships, you ask? I have no easy answer. I like the way they look, the adventures they imply, the endless possibilities. And they seem somehow, green, you know? They just putter along with mostly windpower (that’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.)

TotusMel was kind enough to feature one of my floating snow globes on her recent blog showing a collection of airships. (Never say “blimp,” it hurts their feelings.http://totusmelswunderkammer.blogspot.com/2013/05/dirigible.html

It got me thinking: just how many airship/dirigible/zeppelin snow globes HAVE I made? I did a quick inventory from the past few months and it appears if you include hot air balloons, flying saucers, rockets and dirigible as “airships” … well, I’ve done quite a few.

Let’s see …

Airship Voyager snow globe by Camryn Forrest Designs

Dances with Clouds snow globe by Camryn Forrest Designs

Flying Saucer snow globe by Camryn Forrest Designs

Rough Sailing snow globe by Camryn Forrest Designs

Uncharted Skies snow globe by Camryn Forrest Designs

Launch Party Rocket snow globe by Camryn Forrest Designs

Scavenger Junk Airship snow globe by Camryn Forrest Designs

Airship over Rooftops snow globe by Camryn Forrest Designs

And then there’s this one, nearly finished.

I call it “Flight of the Warrior Rhino.”  Coming soon to a fantasy near you.

Don’t ask. Sometimes these sculptures have a mind of their own.

 "Flight of the Warrior Rhino" snow globe by Camryn Forrest Designs

Launch Party – A Rocket Snow Globe

Imagine this: a small crowd gathers to see a rocket launch. Dressed in their travel finest, they prepare to be amazed, and perhaps to applaud politely as the rocket lifts off into a grand adventure.

Is it a manned ship, or just a test? Will the soft breeze of a lady’s fan protect her from the afterburn? Or is this launch party just for show?

Three, two, one … we’ll soon find out.

Launch Party snow globe, Camryn Forrest Designs 2013

Steampunk Flying Saucer Snow Globe

I don’t think the question is “DO you believe in flying saucers?”

The question should be “Do you WANT to believe in flying saucers?”

flying saucer snow globe sculpture, Camryn Forrest Designs 2013It occurred to me that our little green men and women, or whatever gender they may be — these aliens we haven’t yet met — are not all stuck in the same design theme of simple little gray and silver disk. It’s entirely possible, that upon studying our worldly culture, maybe they’ve thought over their options and

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… gone steampunk.

Two and 1/2 inch sculpture inside a four-inch glass globe, filled with water and shakeable metallic dust.