Men At Work

Machines both fascinate and frighten me. Sometimes their impact seems to overwhelm the presence of the very people who created them.
This sparkle snow globe, Men at Work, illustrates that feeling. Just who is in charge, anyway? what are we trying to accomplish?

Men at Work custom snow globe by Camryn Forrest Designs, Denver, Colorado

When shaken, the scene is bathed in shimmering gold dust … until the dust settles, and the work begins again.

One of a kind snow globe/sparkle water globe with interior assembled sculpture of tiny men, gears, machines and tools. All images and designs copyright (c) 2015 Camryn Forrest Designs, Denver, Colorado.

I Climb the Walrus (Koo Koo Ka Choo)

Don’t ask me to explain it, if you haven’t heard of “Alternative Lyric Syndrome” … well, that’s because I just made it up.

You hear a song you’ve heard before and Ba-Zing, you hear it differently this time.

Which is why my tired brain suggested that John was really saying “I climb the walrus.”  This really was  a delightful image to contemplate.

Doesn’t it look like fun?

 

 

 

 

“I Climb the Walrus” – Mixed Media 3-D sculpture inside a snow globe, one of a kind. All images, photographs and designs are copyright (c) 2014 Camryn Forrest Designs, Denver, Colorado USA.

Explorer – Steampunk Airship globe

A ship in a bottle?

An airship in a snow globe. With glittery, star-sparkled dust carrying it on an adventure, Starship Explorer rides the airwaves.

Explorer Airship snow globe, Camryn Forrest Designs 2014

Explorer Airship snow globe, Camryn Forrest Designs 2014

Five inch glass globe containing a tiny steampunk zeppelin and sailing ship below, when shaken, the liquid-filled globe shimmers with gold and iridescent microdust. Custom copper plates riveted into four angled sides of base.
Images and designs Copyright (c) 2014, Camryn Forrest Designs, Denver, Colorado

Grow Old With Me (sparkle water globe)

A wisp of a lyric, written on the wind, “Grow old with me, the best is yet to be.

– John Lennon and Robert Browning had the same idea.

 

Along those simple lines, a snow globe holds a couple of indeterminate age, holding each other as the world swirls round them.

Shake the globe and the liquid fills with glittering sparkles of gold; each tiny star a memory, each memory a brick in the life that’s built together.

One of a kind snow globe/water ball, all images and design copyright (c) 2014 Camryn Forrest Designs, Denver, Colorado.

A Very Good Year

Experimenting with a very fine
and very dense crushed glitter,
it struck me how rich and red
the liquid was when shaken:
almost opaque,
yet dancing
with a
reflected sparkle.
In the language of grapes:
depth of flavor and aroma;
it is rich, full-bodied and intense.

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“Accept what life offers you and try to drink from every cup. All wines should be tasted; some should only be sipped, but with others, drink the whole bottle.”   – Paulo Coelho (from the novel “Brida.”)

“A Very Good Year” custom, one-of-a-kind snow globe (water globe), with dense red sparkle-dust in liquid, and a sculpture including wine bottle, glasses and a swirling glass heart. All images and designs copyright (c) 2013 Camryn Forrest Designs, Denver, Colorado.

Making Christmas Time

It was a challenge, I think. Out of the blue I was asked, “Could you do a Christmas globe?”

I’ve avoided the theme Making Christmas Time snow globe, Camryn Forrest Designs, Denver, COout of pure stubbornness. It’s become such a cliche. After all, there are so many kitschy holiday theme snow globes to be found. From the big box stores to dollar deals, you can find santas and elves and sleighs galore.

On the other hand, I liked choosing the unexpected figures, an imaginative scene, something a little … well, different. But still, a challenge is a challenge, so I let it simmer. The idea bubbled, and I stirred the mixture in my mind, until one day, there were scenes I could picture, images I wanted to be real. I wanted to see if I could do what I imagined.

This is the third of my three holiday globes. “Making Christmas Time” is simple: a vingette of a tree being decorated. The “ornaments” are tiny watch gears (some call this watch glitter, the pieces are so small.) A single strand of fine gauge chain is unrolled from a spindle, over one man’s shoulder, into another’s hands, across ladders, and reaching arms. You can write your own story, but this is mine: The Christmas we build each year is the time we spend on what is important.

Making Christmas Time.

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“Making Christmas Time” one of a kind water globe (snow globe), with 4-inch diameter glass globe and interior scene of repurposed jewelry, watch gears and tiny figures. Interior liquid shimmers with gold dust when globe is shaken. All images and designs copyright (c) 2013 Camryn Forrest Designs, Denver, Colorado.