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.

Geodesic Dome/Dome

It’s an intriguing shape, the geodesic dome. Simply, interlocking straight lines are used to create polygons, those polygons in turn become a curved hemisphere shape, like half of a soccer ball or a jungle gym.

Credit for the geodesic dome in architecture goes to R. Buckminister Fuller: “a light, domelike structure developed by R. Buckminster Fuller to combine the properties of the tetrahedron and the sphere and consisting essentially of a grid of compression or tension members lying upon or parallel to great circles running in three directions in any given area, the typical form being the projection upon a sphere of an icosahedron, the triangular faces of which are filled with a symmetrical triangular, hexagonal, or quadrangular grid.”

Woah, that’s a lot of words for a half an orange. But another meaning of dome is slang for the shape of the human head. Which got us thinking: what if you put a geodesic dome on your dome?

 

One of a kind clay sculpture with metallic finish, brass and aluminum embellishment to create geodesic dome. Snow globe and sculpture images and design are copyright (c) 2016 Camryn Forrest Designs, Denver, Colorado USA.

 

Citation: geodesic dome. (n.d.). Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition. Retrieved May 16, 2016 from Dictionary.com website

Black Sails

Have you ever heard the saying, “that ship has sailed?”
I planned to take a series of fabulous photos of our newest airship snow globe when we got back to Colorado after showing at the spring One of a Kind show in Chicago, but …

that ship has sailed. It was purchased and is off on a new adventure, somewhere in Illinois.

Here are a few snaps we took during the making of “Black Sails” that may inspire us to make another someday.

 

“Black Sails” – one of a kind glitter snow globe, with tiny airship over a sailing ship with sails made of black cloth. When shaken the globe glitters with darker glitter, reminiscent of thunder and lightning. Hand-painted base with metallic patina effect and brass rivets. Design and images are copyright (c) 2016 Camryn Forrest Designs, Denver, Colorado, USA.

Small Arms

Been a little crazy around here, and I’ve neglected to post for too long.

I hope you love a visual pun as much as we do.

One of a kind liquid-filled snow globe with metallic sparkles and shimmery dust when shaken. Tiny T-Rex figure sporting various weapons, holding small arms in his small arms. All photos and designs are copyright (c) 2016 Camryn Forrest Designs, Denver, Colorado, USA.

Bang!

I was asked recently if I had any snow globe featuring weapons. Hmmm, let’s see.

Keeping in mind that these sculptures are about two inches tall and completely non-functional, of course, the answer is yes. A look back at a few of the imaginary “weapons” we’ve created.

Bang! goes the pistol and Pyooo! Pyooo! goes the Ray Gun. The high-heeled cannon, a cross between fashion and self-defense, simply goes Boom!

Buck Rogers would be proud.

Buck Rogers comic book cover

Snow and sparkle globes by Camryn Forrest Designs, Denver, Colorado. All images and designs are copyright (c) 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 Camryn Forrest Designs, Denver, Colorado USA.

Grand Adventure balloon

Ever feel like it’s time for a Grand Adventure, but you don’t know exactly where you want to go? Remember the wise words of Lewis Carroll: If you don’t know where you are going you are sure to get there.
The urge to be somewhere else, but nowhere specific, is the perfect occasion for a journey by balloon. Pack a picnic basket and your favorite fellow traveler and let the wind take you.

 

 

 

One of a kind snow globe/sparkle globe with miniature mixed media hot air balloon and figures inside a pristine glass globe filled with liquid and shimmering sparkles of the fog at dawn. All images and designs are copyright 2015 and 2016 (c) Camryn Forrest Designs, Denver, Colorado USA.