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.

 

Grapes of Raft

A play on words becomes a play on shapes. Sometimes art starts with an image first, sometimes the words twist around until the physical form takes shape.

Inspired by a trip to Crested Butte, Colorado, this tiny tableau is titled, “Grapes of Raft.

Like a twisting, rolling, unpredictable river, the rapids in “Grapes of Raft” turned over and over in my mind until I knew there was a snow globe to be made. The rapids were sculpted first in clay, which was used to make a mold for clear resin with a hefty dose of iridescent shavings to catch the light. A tiny metal raft carried green glass grapes, inexplicably holding tinier brass paddles.

One of a kind snow globe (sparkle globe) with shimmering iridescent silver dust and glitter when shaken. Hand-painted acrylic base in shades of pewter, silver and gold, finished with two bunches of brass grapes and an engraved silver plate stating “Grapes of Raft.” The interior sculpture is cast clear resin with added iridescent flecks to increase the reflective properties under liquid, brass raft and green glass grapes holding tiny hammered brass raft paddles.

All designs and images are copyright (c) 2015, 2016 Camryn Forrest Designs, Denver, Colorado USA.  This globe will be presented at the Crested Butte Arts Festival, Crested Butte, Colorado in August, 2016.

Dancing Disco Baby

Don’t raise your eyebrows at me in mock surprise! I was just as shocked as you were to see this “blast from the past” Disco Baby take shape. The pieces kept appearing mysteriously on the workbench. “Come on,” the voices chided. “Break all the rules. You can do it.”

It started with half an ornament that reminded me of a disco ball, and that reminded me of the early animation of Dancing Baby. Remember this little guy?  Oogachaka …

Well, here’s our take on it: Disco Baby. Complete with a bedazzled rhinestone base. Ooh, la la!
Disco Baby custom snow globe, Camryn Forrest Designs, Denver CO

If the slide gallery will cooperate, you can almost imagine he’s dancing the night away.

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One of a Kind “Disco Baby” custom snow globe/water globe with acrylic jeweled base, and reflective silver and iridescent disco dots in liquid. All designs and images copyright (c) 2014 Camryn Forrest Designs, Denver, Colorado, USA.