A Construction of Cranes

You’ve heard of a Murder of Crows, or perhaps that a group of tropical pink birds is a Flamboyance of Flamingos. There’s a gaggle of geese and a gallery of gulls.
But did you know that a group of cranes may be called a Construction?
Now you do.

And with as many man-made cranes on the horizon these days, it’s nice to know that construction has another meaning, as well.

One of a kind snow globe/water globe with construction crane and miniature cranes (birds) suspended below. When shaken, the liquid-filled glass shimmers with gold dust.

Handpainted wood base with scaffolding detail and engraved plate.
All images and designes are copyright (c) 2019 Camryn  Forrest Designs, Denver, Colorado USA.

The Mother Ship

Who is running the ship, you ask?
It’s easy to figure this one out; the one who is balancing a babe on one hip, while sweeping the floor, keeping score in a ballgame, keeping a watchful eye on a youngster swinging with abandon, stirring the pot of dinner stew and running a tight ship, all at once.
Behold: The Mother Ship!

One of a kind snow/sparkle globe with airship and tiny figures hovering above the rooftops of a city, past or future. When shaken, the globe swirls with iridescent glitter dust, wrapping the scene in sparkling fog effects. Handpainted wooden base with brass embellishments and etched plate. All designs and photos are copyright (c) 2019 Camryn Forrest Designs, Denver, Colorado U.S.A.

Destination? Unknown …

There are at least two kinds of travelers; those who venture bravely into the world, ready for adventure and welcoming whatever they find; and those who plan every step and every moment so there are no surprises.
Perhaps the third option, for those who don’t stay safe at home, is to plan vaguely but welcome the random experience, enjoy the unexpected location, embrace the strangers in a strange land.
As Yogi Berra once said, “If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.”
And sometimes, that’s a good thing.

Destination Unknown” airship snow globe, with tiny airship inside liquid-filled glass globe. Modified Pyramid wooden base is hand painted with atmospheric shades of black, gray and metallic acrylic paint, detailed with knotting rigging.
One of a kind custom snow globe/water globe. All images and designs are copyright (c) 2018 Camryn Forrest Designs, Denver, Colorado, USA.
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Stay Young With Me

When we were young, we thought about all the things we’d do when we got big. And now, we think about growing older and all the things we want to see and do while we can. There is still so much to see! So much to do! So many adventures yet to write.

And sometimes, we are fortunate to have a sidekick along the way.¬† A fellow traveler who knows your heart, or perhaps someone who crosses paths for the blink of an eye. Whether for an hour, or a lifetime, there are people who touch our hearts and coax childish joy from the simplest actions. People who approach the moment with a charmed attitude, “How fun is this?”

For all those sidekicks we’ve known, and all those we’ve yet to meet, we invite you: Stay Young With Me.

 

“Stay Young With Me” original sparkle snow globe by Camryn Forrest Designs. A tiny tree sports a moving rope swing, where two people are defying gravity and making their own breeze. Wood base with engraved plate and tiny bronze leaf embellishments.

Shake the globe and listen: You can hear their laughter on the wind.

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

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/