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.

Wish Upon a Star

When you wish upon a star,

makes no difference who you are,

anything your heart desires,

will come to you.

  • Jiminy Cricket (Pinocchio)


Custom snow globe with sculpted clay house and tiny couple on the roof, wishing on a star. When shaken, the glass globe fills with iridescent stars and hearts. All images and designs are copyright (c) 2016 Camryn Forrest Designs, Denver, Colorado, USA.

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.

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.

Diving into a Sea Story

In so many endeavors, humans try to emulate other creatures and end up standing out … well, like an opposable thumb. We want to soar in the skies so we create vibrant colored hot air balloons. It’s a pretty cool experience, but hardly mimics a bird.

It occurs to me that there are a few activities we humans attempt, visiting someone else’s environment, that DO begin to emulate  the creatures who live there. When I started working on a scuba diver water globe I had a hard time making the diver clearly stand out from the landscape, the underwater plants, the coppery coral, the tentacles nearby. And without any change on my part the problem became the solution: it was exactly what I had experienced underwater, the feeling of moving like a fish, of the wetsuit color blending in like a dolphin, experiencing how the movement of the water shaped the way I responded.

I decided I liked the idea that the scuba diver was nearly indistinguishable from the other parts of the seascape.

We know that many swimming creatures, both mammals and fish, survive by camouflage. They either look like something else, or they try to blend in to the surroundings.
So this snow globe, errrrr, water globe, (sorry, just canNOT say “snow” to an underwater scene — when shaken, the softest whisper of sand swirls in the water), became a brain teaser of sorts. If I didn’t tell you what it depicted, would you guess? Would you see the “one of these things” that doesn’t quite belong?

Here’s the finished liquid-filled globe, and the last photo … you’ll see the diver was there all along, not hiding, just happily blending in with all the scenery.

Diver Waterglobe by Camryn Forrest Designs 2013

Diver Waterglobe by Camryn Forrest Designs 2013

Diver Waterglobe by Camryn Forrest Designs 2013

Diver Waterglobe by Camryn Forrest Designs 2013

Diver Waterglobe by Camryn Forrest Designs 2013

And here’s the diver, highlighted from the colors of the sea.Diver Waterglobe by Camryn Forrest Designs 2013 Diver Waterglobe by Camryn Forrest Designs 2013