Oil and Water – or, Oil Well That Ends Well

Ooooh! It was a dark and stormy night. Mystery snow globe. A Black Snowstorm. A riddle: What’s thick and black and swirling with potential?

Oil Well that Ends Well, custom snow globe by Camryn Forrest Designs 2013  What? A steam-powered oil derrick? Isn’t that a contradiction, she asked, in a concerned voice.  Or, maybe it’s deiselpunk, she offered helpfully.

It’s both, it’s neither, it’s not meant to be political commentary. It was just a passing thought — like asking a human to program a computer which will soon replace its job.

Was steam ever asked to help find the oil that would fuel combustible engines?

If you are looking for reality, you might have to look a little further down the road. Maybe even a different road. Steampunk is a fantasy bred of rethinking the past to create an alternate future; it’s not real life. And neither are steam-powered oil derricks. But I was enchanted with the idea of mixing it up, you know: Oil and Water.

From the land of pleasant contradictions and happy contrasts (with a sidetrip to the village of groan-able puns), I give you: Oil Well that Ends Well.

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Oil Well That Ends Well, custom snow globe with miniature oil derrick “curious invention” in deep black sooty dust (when shaken) by Camryn Forrest Designs 2013. All designs and images copyright (c) 2013 Camryn Forrest Designs, Denver, Colorado.

Where Love Grows

Roots and branches, leaves and seeds.

In this leafless tree, a golden heart is held aloft by gentle arms and a sturdy trunk. Love grows where stories are told, and where people share laughter, where they hold each other and promise the pain will go away. And it will.

Wrapped along the base, a series of spaced brass rivets marches, teased by random, unmeasured leaves.

Where does love grow? Everywhere, anywhere … spring comes again.

“Where Love Grows” one of a kind snow globe (water globe) by Camryn Forrest Designs. All images copyright (c) 2013 Camryn Forrest Designs.

Waiting for Instructions (Don’t Wait!)

Guilty.

Sometimes I just sit around waiting for someone to tell me what to do. Waiting for a deadline to approach, or for the next big thing to hover over me like Godzilla before I’m forced to jump into action.

Worse, I see people who appear to be waiting their whole lives for a sign. Going through the motions, exerting the least effort possible to get by.

I don’t want to just “get by.” This is our opportunity to seize the moment, relish the experience, taste the chocolate, breathe deeply and live.

Hey, you out there waiting for instructions: it’s time to SHAKE THINGS UP!  Make something happen. Don’t be a bystander in your own story. Take a chance, make a change.

Or as my brother said once, Life. Be there.

Waiting for Instructions custom snow globe, Camryn Forrest Designs 2013

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“Waiting for Instructions”, one of a kind snow globe, mixed media with metal, repurposed items, chain and bead work. (c) 2013 Camryn Forrest Designs, Denver, Colorado

It’s Complicated — Heart – Stacked Snow Globe

Now and then we get  take a fresh look at how to make snow globes —

It's Complicated Heart Snow Globe, Camryn Forrest Designs 2013

Last year it was the elaborate snow globe for the Sacramento Steampunk Society; this go around, it’s a double-decker snow globe with an open base, entitled “It’s Complicated.”

The tricky part of a double, open snow globe base isn’t making it, it is designing the open part so it can be touched. Because we have to believe that all snow globe are made to be picked up, touched and shaken. Unlike the interiors in snow globes, which are cradled by the surrounding liquid, that the open part of a double-decker snow globe will be touchable. Sure, folks are fairly careful with “art” but it’s out there in the elements and needs to be secure enough to withstand a poke, a prod, and a wiggle when the entire piece is upended and shaken.

“It’s Complicated” includes a black and silver glass heart with a few mechanical parts above, bathed in silver and black metallic glitter, with a push-me, pull-me sculpture on chain and springs below. Sometimes the love we show is “oh so pretty!” and the complicated feelings are below the surface. But in this case, you can see it all laid bare.

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“It’s Complicated” will be shown at the Cherry Creek Arts Festival, July 5-6-7 in Denver, Colorado.  Stop by our booth and give it a shake.