Heart of the Redwoods

redwood walk sideHow 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.

 

 

Taming the Wild Rainbow

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.

Coming Home to Sky Island City

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.

Truly Madly Deeply

Oh, the irony! When your feels are so true and deep, and yet so murky and muddled.  When certainty and doubt dance together. When your highs are sparkly iridescence and your lows … your lows are both sweet and dark, swirling the abyss, the edge of madness, the whisper of bliss.

But what do we really know, other than what we touch and feel? There’s a little madness in those deep feelings, the mix of crazy and joy that says “trust this, it will take you places.”

Then a moment of clarity: Truly Madly Deeply.

“Truly Madly Deeply” is a one of a kind snow/sparkle globe with hand-beaded and embellished golden glass heart, stationed resolutely and firmly in a swirl of liquid, sparkling with pewter, gold and platinum-colored microdust and shimmering metallic glitter. All photos and designs are copyright (c) 2017 Camryn Forrest Designs, Denver, Colorado, USA.

Octo-Thought

My mind is a messy tangle of tangents, reaching out every which way.  You’ve heard someone say they enter a room and can’t remember what they wanted? That happens in my thoughts: I reach in for one process and come out with an invention, or a pun, or a memory that shakes my core.

What? What were you saying? Oh, shakes my core with happiness, or was it fear, or was it simmering resentment. I can’t remember now, I’m thinking about how many flavors of ice cream there are, really. And my favorite dog, once upon a time. And how I should have sent that thank-you note when it still mattered.

If you are given to such imagery, perhaps your mind is like an octopus, with reaching, pulsing tentacles, touching one thought and repelling another. Selective thoughts, random memories. We call it, Octo-Thought.

 

One of  a kind snow globe (water globe) with original sculpted figure wearing an octopus headdress, or perhaps, an octopus itself. One never knows, does one? Liquid filled globe shimmers with mylar sea creatures when shaken.  All photographs and designs are copyright (c) 2017 Camryn Forrest Designs, Denver, Colorado, USA.

 

To Hell and Back

For many people, the next road trip is only an excuse to secure another snow globe for the ever-expanding collection.

Prompted by the fascinating request to “Go to hell, and bring me back a snow globe,” we did just that.

A snow globe holding a hand, holding a snow globe which is holding a hand. It’s like M.C. Escher and Stephen King joined forces on the set of the Matrix. Okay, that’s a stretch, but a tiny real snow globe in the hand inside a small snow globe in another hand, inside a snow globe in YOUR hand … see what we did there?  Snow globe times infinity.

 

Custom snow globe with rich red, gold and black glitter, custom sculpted hand holding tiny glass snow globe with iridescent white sparkles and “snow” bits. Charred wood base.
All photographs and designs copyright (c) Camryn Forrest Designs, Denver, Colorado USA.