Journey to the Stars

Who hasn’t wished for the courage and opportunity to take the first wild step into the unknown?

“Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home.”
– Matsuo Basho

 

 

 

 

“Journey to the Stars” one of a kind snow/sparkle globe with tiny mixed media zeppelin and sailing ship below. When shaken, the mystic fog and shimmering clouds envelop the ship in a cloak of near invisibility until the light finds it, again. All designs and images copyright (c) 2016 and 2017 Camryn Forrest Designs, Denver, Colorado USA.

Hold Your Horses!

You hear a common phrase a thousand times, then one day you hear it anew: Hold Your Horses!

Of course it harks back to a day when people used horses daily, when “hold your horses” probably meant “stop, wait a minute, think this through” or some variation. Hang on there, pardner, you’re not ready to hit the road.

But from another perspective, it might mean something else altogether. Patience, my friend, all in good time. Don’t let your horses take off before you’re ready. And don’t let them go without you.

“Hold Your Horses” – one of a kind custom snow globe by Camryn Forrest Designs. Miniature metal-tone man holding tiny horses from floating away, when shaken, the liquid fills with shimmer dust and black and white confetti horses. The ones that got away, apparently.

All designs and images are copyright (c) 2016 Camryn Forrest Designs, Denver, Colorado, USA.

Untangling “The Tangle”

We’re excited to have one of our liquid globes featured in the upcoming independent movie, “The Tangle” by writer/director/actor Christopher Soren Kelly.

And while we are being patient for the movie release, and getting ready for the next three art festivals on our calendar, here’s an interview about Kelly’s body of work which includes more information on “The Tangle.”  Enjoy!

INK, The Frame, and Christopher Soren Kelly

  • Apex Magazine, August 2016

Look for the movie to appear in 2017. Meanwhile, here’s a tease of the snow globe used in the film:

Cleo/Chill snow globe, Camryn Forrest Designs, Denver CO 2016

Cleo/Chill custom snow globe, with sculpted clay head and glass bead/crystal mixed media embellishment by Camryn Forrest Designs, Denver CO USA 2016. All images and designs are copyright (c) 2016 Cleo/Chill snow globe, Camryn Forrest Designs, Denver CO USA 2016.

Happy Thoughts — the power of positive thinking

What are your happy thoughts? And those of the people around you?
There are some folks who believe that  thoughts and attitude are visible through auras surrounding a person. Healing thoughts, dark thoughts, personal growth, worries … and yes, happy thoughts. What you are thinking and feeling becomes the energy surrounding your very being.

We imagined that your happy thoughts might be different, as ours can be. One moment we might think of travel, then ice cream, then dolphins or sunshine. So we made that idea into a special snow globe. When shaken, tiny individual pieces of confetti swirl past in an instant, representing the fleeting happy thoughts we might enjoy.

 

Here’s an image of some of the single pieces of confetti that are in the globe liquid. You can’t make the butterfly dance past your eyes, any more than you can make one fly into your view in a park. But if you don’t see a butterfly, maybe your happy thought will be a race car, or a pineapple, a birthday cake, musical note, or any number of tiny shapes that makes us smile.

Happy Thoughts confetti detail, Camryn Forrest Designs Denver Colorado USA

“Happy Thoughts” one of a kind snow globe with tiny sculpted clay head, rainbow bead aura, and dozens of individual unique confetti pieces in liquid. When the globe is turned and shaken, random pieces (happy thoughts) dance past in shimmering succession. Images and designs copyright (c) 2016 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.

Family Reunion – Time Flies

Many of us have two types of family reunions: the one that exists only in the imagination, where everyone is relaxed and sits around enjoying homemade meals (with nary a dish to be washed, and nobody flitting about the kitchen and missing conversations); and the other type, where folks are coming and going and rushing around and making/breaking plans with lots of “be back soon” and “we should catch up sometime” commentary as the minutes and days whiz by.

Sometimes, despite the desire for the union of the reunion, people just seem to be moving in opposite directions, even living on different planes of reality, as it were. Families are fluid by nature; they don’t sit still for long.

And so, with a nod to the imagination of M.C. Escher, Family Reunion.

 

 

One of a kind snow (sparkle) globe with hand-fabricated staircase and vintage figures scurrying about. When shaken, the liquid-filled globe shimmers with gold dust, only slightly prettier than we imagine the sands of time. Images and design copyright (c) 2016 Camryn Forrest Designs, Denver, Colorado  USA.