If You Could Read My Mind

… what a tale my thoughts would tell.

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Have you heard the phrase “his mind was an open book” and wondered what that might mean?

Rather than a hard-cover book, finished and unchangeable, I like to think of the mind as more a loose-leaf notebook, with pages coming and going as we live and learn.

You think a thought, and immediately it’s added to, and subtracted from, by everything else you’ve been told, or experienced, or imagined. Your dreams affect it, your disappointments, your fears, your secrets. Very little we think is original black and white, untouched by whispers of gray: It’s tinted by remember when? but what if? on the other hand …? could it be?

Every other random bit of information, or history, bubbling through the mind tints our thoughts with a touch of color, of insight, of fleeting emotion. Things we’ve been taught, snippets we’ve overheard, everything someone has tried to teach us; it’s all there, waiting in the mind for a chance to rise to the surface and became part of our current thoughts.

Mind Reader, one of a kind liquid-filled globe with clay head sculpture and handmade book. When shaken, tiny printed pages of thoughts swirl in the globe in mind-boggling randomness. the handpainted base is finished with an engraved plate “Mind Reader” and scraps of random thoughts appliqued to each side.

Photographs and globe design copyright (c) 2018 Camryn Forrest Designs, Denver, Colorado, U.S.A.

 

A Word with Modern Makers

A while back, the Modern Makers Project at Webster University contacted us about how we found ourselves snow globe artists.
Here is the result. http://www.modernmakersproject.com/Camryn-Forrest-Lewis-of-Camryn-Forrest-Designs/

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If you’d like to check the site and hear about other artists and makers, check it out at http://www.modernmakersproject.com/category/podcast/

 

 

The Heart of the Matter

Listen_p1Judy Garland once said, “For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart.”

Looking back on Valentine’s Day at some of the many globes we’ve made that have love in every shake and glitter.

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“It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul.” 
Judy Garland


So much to love …

All photos and globe designs are copyright (c) Camryn Forrest Designs, Denver, Colorado.

 

(Air) Ship Happens

We’ve been making steampunk airships incased in snow sparkle globes for quite a few years, and like to think we’ve gotten better over time. Experience is an excellent teacher, although the tuition can be high.

Early airships …

More recent airships …

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One question we get asked at shows is: can you make a smaller blimp? The large airships are usually in a glass globe with a diameter of about five inches. But we also have our tiny globes that measure just over two inches across. There was NO way to get an airship into a globe with an opening that small.

Until we happened upon a vintage necklace at a thrift shop and thought: those beads sure look like a zeppelin.  Did it take way too long to make this tiny ship with its tiny rigging of single golden threads? Of course it does, but you know, ship happens.

And we think it’s just as cute as its big sister ships.

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All photos and designs are copyright (c) 2017 Camryn Forrest Designs, Denver, Colorado USA.

A Bear Up There

A departure from ray guns and airships and floating islands in the sky.  Almost, but not quite, back to nature. You see, I really like black bears. And I had this little thought: Wouldn’t it be adorable if one found an abandoned swing in the woods and tested it out?

And it was everything we imagined, the bear up there. If bears could talk, I’m sure it would say this swing was “just right.”

A Bear Up There, one of a kind snow globe with tiny tree, swing and small black bear enjoying the ride. When shaken, the scene is bathed in iridescent micro-dust and a wealth of “gold as Goldilocks” gold glitter. Images and design copyright (c) 2017 Camryn Forrest Designs, Denver, Colorado, USA.

More on The Tangle movie

If you’ve been following along, you’ll recall that we provided a unique snow globe for the independent movie, The Tangle.zTHE TANGLE group poster edited.jpgThe good news is the movie is nearly complete – they are shooting a final scene and moving into editing. If you’d like to help see this movie become reality, the final push is happening with the crew’s IndieGoGo fundraising page. (Check it out.)

Since any film that features a snow globe is a good thing, we were able to give our own little nudge by making five limited edition snow globes as one of the project’s incentives to donate. Happy to say that all five were taken before we posted photos. But since we know you are curious what they looked like …

Presenting, The Tangle snow globe, limited edition of five pieces.

Each globe includes a unique beaded sculpture in bronze, gray, aqua and black glass beads, mimicking The Tangle’s assembled geometric shape logo. Black wood base with hand-painted geometric details (slightly different on each globe). All images and designs copyright (c) 2017, The Tangle and Camryn Forrest Designs, respectively.
For more on “The Tangle” movie, check out their facebook page for updates.