A Kaleidescope of Butterflies

Did you know that a group of butterflies may be properly called a kaleidescope? Such a pretty and fitting description of the flashing colors and fleeting glimpses. Just like in real life, with real butterflies, if you blink — they’re gone!

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In this custom snow globe, a single metal butterfly rests delicately on a flower petal of repurposed bronze and copper. But shake the globe — if you are keen of eye — and you may see a kaleidescope of butterflies rain all around for a moment, then vanish again.

Kaleidescepe of Butterflies snow globe, Camryn Forrest Designs, Denver, Colorado

Kaleidescope of Butterflies, one of a kind snow globe using repurposed vintage jewelry, toys and watch parts. All designs and images copyright (c) 2014 Camryn Forrest Designs, Denver, Colorado.

Earthbound

Sometimes you hear a familiar word which strikes you in an unfamiliar way. Today’s word is “Earthbound.”

We are bound to the earth by gravity, by necessity, by our history as humans. So far, somewhere between 500 and 600 individual people from nearly 40 countries have escaped the earth for a small period of time. Spaceships to the stars. Shuttles and space stations, visits to the moon.

But the rest of us are earthbound. We are bound to the earth and the earth is bound to us.

We are held to the earth, and yet we hold the earth’s future in our hands.

Earthbound.

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Earthbound, one of a kind custom liquid-filled snow globe. Sculpted clay hands, vintage metal toy globe, painted wooden pyramid base with interlocked chain in three gauges. All images and designs copyright (c) 2014 Camryn Forrest Designs, Denver, Colorado USA.

 

Going Steampunk (you could say, “under construction”)

When asked, “Are you going Steampunk?” this globe says it all.

Going Steampunk custom snow globe by Camryn Forrest DesignsInside the miniature world of a swirling, glittering snow globe, tiny workmen on ladders remodel a plain fairy cottage into a steampunk dwelling, adding watch gears, an elaborate rooftop and riveted metal embellishments. Shake the globe and watch the world shimmer with gold microdust, settling slowly as the craftsmen get back to work.

Details: Four-inch glass globe encasing a one of a kind mixed media sculpture of clay, wood, leather, vintage jewelry and metal findings. The interior sculpture is just over two inches tall; it appears slightly larger due to magnification of liquid and glass. The round wood base is wrapped in a indented and pressed clay band with added gears and hardware on the touchable exterior. Engraved metal plate states “Going Steampunk” — this snow globe will be auctioned to support arts education programs by the Cherry Creek Arts Festival.

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.

Glimpses of Angels


There are people who s
Glimpses of Angels snow globe Camryn Forrest Designs 2013ay they see angels everywhere, those who say it’s not possible, and those who aren’t quite sure. Sometimes I am reminded of angels in subtle ways: a quick smile, a gentle gesture, a passing sparkle in the distance. I smile to myself and think, “was that an angel?”

In this snow globe, the tree itself is made of angel wings of different sizes and metals. A winter-dressed couple strolls peacefully, enjoying a quiet moment together. A father and child hurry home, excited to share warmth and surprises. A winged figure in a moment of solitude reflects upon the tree itself.

When shaken, you might (or might not) see a whisper of an angel: the silhouette of a winged beauty, so transparent it can only be glimpsed when the light captures the perfect angle. For just a moment, a flash, it is there, and gone again.

And I realized that is how most of us see angels, not by viewing them directly, but when we are caught in the reflected light.

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When this globe is shaken and catches the light, you see an abundance of sparkling color, shimmering, swirling, floating, dancing and flying with abandon.
If you are lucky and don’t blink, you might even catch a glimpse of an angel.


Glimpes of Angels: One of a kind custom snow globe, with metal tree made of repurposed vintage jewelry and jewelry findings (angel wings) and metallic figures.
All photographs and designs are copyright (c)2013  Camryn Forrest Designs, Denver, Colorado.

Airship Cadillac – In a Realm All Its Own

In the late 1950s, Cadillacs were sometimes sold with the slogan, “In a Realm all its own.” Cadillacs are often associated with mystery, imagination, elegance, luxury and power. Sort of like Steampunk, wouldn’t you say?

Interior Detail, Airship Cadillac waterglobe, Camryn Forrest Designs 2013The Fleetwood, with its exaggerated tail-fins and over the top detailing epitomized the luxury car; you didn’t just run an errand in a Cadillac, you had an adventure.

Someone asked me why we see sailing ships suspended so often under steampunk fantasy airships — and rather than come up with a good answer, I drifted off and started thinking of other modes of transportation that might get the job done just as well or better than a sailing ship. Assuming we’ve created an entirely new power source for the grand airship (and we no longer need to depend on wind power for extra ooomph!), the new improved airship should be able to carry just about anything. Hey, I’ve seen Back to the Future more than once, and I know these things are possible.

I figure you could take a caddy, and fly it to the moon if you wanted. To the stars. What does make me wistful is wondering if I could see what happens when “Airship Cadillac” meets “Flight of the Warrior Rhino” — look out. That Rhino is just looking for a battle these days. There’s a story being written and I’m not there to witness the cliffhanger.

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And you know what kind of airship I might work on next? An Airstream Trailer under a Zeppelin. A to Z, why not?

Airship Cadillac: One of a kind custom 5-inch snow globe (water globe) with tiny airship and gold 1957 Cadillac suspended below for the ride. When shaken, the liquid-filled interior shimmers with gold dust, giving the impression of a jump into hyper-speed. All designs and images Copyright (c) Camryn Forrest Designs, Denver, Colorado 2013.