If You Could Read My Mind

… what a tale my thoughts would tell.

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Have you heard the phrase “his mind was an open book” and wondered what that might mean?

Rather than a hard-cover book, finished and unchangeable, I like to think of the mind as more a loose-leaf notebook, with pages coming and going as we live and learn.

You think a thought, and immediately it’s added to, and subtracted from, by everything else you’ve been told, or experienced, or imagined. Your dreams affect it, your disappointments, your fears, your secrets. Very little we think is original black and white, untouched by whispers of gray: It’s tinted by remember when? but what if? on the other hand …? could it be?

Every other random bit of information, or history, bubbling through the mind tints our thoughts with a touch of color, of insight, of fleeting emotion. Things we’ve been taught, snippets we’ve overheard, everything someone has tried to teach us; it’s all there, waiting in the mind for a chance to rise to the surface and became part of our current thoughts.

Mind Reader, one of a kind liquid-filled globe with clay head sculpture and handmade book. When shaken, tiny printed pages of thoughts swirl in the globe in mind-boggling randomness. the handpainted base is finished with an engraved plate “Mind Reader” and scraps of random thoughts appliqued to each side.

Photographs and globe design copyright (c) 2018 Camryn Forrest Designs, Denver, Colorado, U.S.A.

 

A Word with Modern Makers

A while back, the Modern Makers Project at Webster University contacted us about how we found ourselves snow globe artists.
Here is the result. http://www.modernmakersproject.com/Camryn-Forrest-Lewis-of-Camryn-Forrest-Designs/

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If you’d like to check the site and hear about other artists and makers, check it out at http://www.modernmakersproject.com/category/podcast/

 

 

(Air) Ship Happens

We’ve been making steampunk airships incased in snow sparkle globes for quite a few years, and like to think we’ve gotten better over time. Experience is an excellent teacher, although the tuition can be high.

Early airships …

More recent airships …

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One question we get asked at shows is: can you make a smaller blimp? The large airships are usually in a glass globe with a diameter of about five inches. But we also have our tiny globes that measure just over two inches across. There was NO way to get an airship into a globe with an opening that small.

Until we happened upon a vintage necklace at a thrift shop and thought: those beads sure look like a zeppelin.  Did it take way too long to make this tiny ship with its tiny rigging of single golden threads? Of course it does, but you know, ship happens.

And we think it’s just as cute as its big sister ships.

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All photos and designs are copyright (c) 2017 Camryn Forrest Designs, Denver, Colorado USA.

Coming Home to Sky Island City

Imagine a city in the sky, a floating island of bustling industry. Airships carry passengers and supplies from land to land, from cloud to cloud. The island is a blink in the eye of the universe; it is the entire world for those who live there.

Does the world come to visit the Sky Island City, or does the city ride the movement of the sky, and venture far and wide to visit the world?

 

See “Sky Island City” and other custom snow globes a the steampunk exhibition “Odd Beauty” at the Southampton Arts Center, Southampton New York, September 23 through November 12, 2017.  The Odd Beauty Exhibition is curated by artist/author Art Donovan.
“Sky Island City”, one of a  kind sparkle snow globe with two “inhabited” clay islands, floating gently in the clouds, with tiny airships, and sky full of possibilities. When shaken, the liquid sky fills with gentle copper and green glitter dust. Weathered clay cliffs wrap the globe base. All images and designs are copyright (c) 2017 Camryn Forrest Designs, Denver, Colorado, U.S.A.

To Hell and Back

For many people, the next road trip is only an excuse to secure another snow globe for the ever-expanding collection.

Prompted by the fascinating request to “Go to hell, and bring me back a snow globe,” we did just that.

A snow globe holding a hand, holding a snow globe which is holding a hand. It’s like M.C. Escher and Stephen King joined forces on the set of the Matrix. Okay, that’s a stretch, but a tiny real snow globe in the hand inside a small snow globe in another hand, inside a snow globe in YOUR hand … see what we did there?  Snow globe times infinity.

 

Custom snow globe with rich red, gold and black glitter, custom sculpted hand holding tiny glass snow globe with iridescent white sparkles and “snow” bits. Charred wood base.
All photographs and designs copyright (c) Camryn Forrest Designs, Denver, Colorado USA.

 

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.