The inspiration was the word “threshold.” The deliberate act of crossing from one place into another. A door, a doorway, a beginning.
But brick by brick, it took on deeper symbolism. Another door opens … into what?
We open the doors, we peek out, we step through. But until that moment, we never really know what’s out there.
One of a kind sparkle/snow globe. Tiny brick doorway with figures looking toward their future. When shaken, glass globe fills with copper and bronze metallic dust. Miniature brick detail on base. Images and design copyright (c) 2021 Camryn Forrest Designs, Denver, Colorado USA.
How long does a Redwood tree live?
There are some majestic trees in Muir Woods believed to be more than 700 years old. Their cousins are even older: the oldest coastal redwood is more than 2,500 years old and the oldest giant sequoia is about 3,200 years old.
It doesn’t take much to imagine how it felt to walk into the heart of the redwoods a century ago, or to walk there now; towering trees surround you in a majestic sort of cathedral. Whether you stroll quietly along a path as pine needles muffle your steps, or eat lunch in the shade, or simply enjoy the dappled sunshine streaking here and there between the trunks and branches, know this: Those redwoods are likely to be here long after we are gone.
Since a real redwood would be far too large for a snow globe, these tiny trees are first carved, then molded, then cast into shapes that will hold up in liquid. Will these faux redwoods last a thousand years? We don’t know, but if you are still around then, drop us a line and tell us.
The snow globe/water globe: A tiny dapper couple strolls sweetly between the towering trees, perhaps a hundred years ago, but only a moment in time for a tree that may live another thousand years. If trees could blink, they might not even notice the intrusion.
When shaken, the globe glitters with the subtle effect of dappled sunshine through a canopy of branches; wood base with tree-trunk embellishment.
One of a kind snow globe, all images and designs are copyright (c) Camryn Forrest Designs, Denver, Colorado USA.
It takes a village to tame a wild rainbow, with persistence and dedication. Working slowly, so as not to frighten the tangle of colors, the group moves in unison, both distracting and disarming. Charmed and enchanted, the arching colors stretch and slide into place, tamed temporarily, ready again to burst into vibrant light.
Taming The Wild Rainbow, sculpture of miniature figures, prismatic beads and filament. When shaken, the liquid shimmers with reflective, prismatic dust, adding to the rainbow effect. Handpainted wooden base with soft sky and cloud imagery. All photos, images and designs are copyright (c) 2018 Camryn Forrest Designs, Denver, Colorado USA.
Imagine a city in the sky, a floating island of bustling industry. Airships carry passengers and supplies from land to land, from cloud to cloud. The island is a blink in the eye of the universe; it is the entire world for those who live there.
Does the world come to visit the Sky Island City, or does the city ride the movement of the sky, and venture far and wide to visit the world?
See “Sky Island City” and other custom snow globes a the steampunk exhibition “Odd Beauty” at the Southampton Arts Center, Southampton New York, September 23 through November 12, 2017. The Odd Beauty Exhibition is curated by artist/author Art Donovan.
“Sky Island City”, one of a kind sparkle snow globe with two “inhabited” clay islands, floating gently in the clouds, with tiny airships, and sky full of possibilities. When shaken, the liquid sky fills with gentle copper and green glitter dust. Weathered clay cliffs wrap the globe base. All images and designs are copyright (c) 2017 Camryn Forrest Designs, Denver, Colorado, U.S.A.