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