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.

It’s About Time

Think about it, if we could understand time, we’d understand most of the mysteries of the universe.

“Time is an illusion.”
― Albert Einstein

Its_About_Time snowglobe CamrynForrestDesigns, Denver, Colorado

It’s about time.  It’s ALWAYS about time.

  • Time is money.
  • Time waits for no man.
  • Like winter snow on summer lawn, time past is time gone …

     

    “There’s never enough time to do all the nothing you want.”
    ― Bill Watterson

     

I often say, it’s a good thing there are deadlines, because without the last minute, nothing would get done around here. But we never know if we have years left, or minutes, or merely seconds. We tell ourselves that time is precious, one shouldn’t waste time, that there is no time like the present.

Because, just like shaking a snow globe and watching the shiny numbers flitter, dance and sink again, time is fleeting. We have to make the most of what time we have; we have to dream, we have to be kind, we have to remember to laugh.

“One day spent with someone you love can change everything.”
― Mitch Albom

 

 

 “How did it get so late so soon?”
― Dr. Seuss

A four-sided grandfather clock, with time-related embellishments and detail, inside a snow globe. When shaken, the liquid-filled globe dances with gold glitter and silver numerals, representing the minutes and hours of time. One of a kind snow globe (snowstorm, waterglobe).  All designs and images copyright (c) 2014 Camryn Forrest Designs, Denver, Colorado USA.

 

“It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important.”
― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

Earthbound

Sometimes you hear a familiar word which strikes you in an unfamiliar way. Today’s word is “Earthbound.”

We are bound to the earth by gravity, by necessity, by our history as humans. So far, somewhere between 500 and 600 individual people from nearly 40 countries have escaped the earth for a small period of time. Spaceships to the stars. Shuttles and space stations, visits to the moon.

But the rest of us are earthbound. We are bound to the earth and the earth is bound to us.

We are held to the earth, and yet we hold the earth’s future in our hands.

Earthbound.

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Earthbound, one of a kind custom liquid-filled snow globe. Sculpted clay hands, vintage metal toy globe, painted wooden pyramid base with interlocked chain in three gauges. All images and designs copyright (c) 2014 Camryn Forrest Designs, Denver, Colorado USA.

 

Identity Crisis, or even prairie dogs aspire to greatness

What’s that fancy word that means giving human qualities to animals?

 

Oh, yeah:

Anthropomorphism.

Such as this little prairie dog with aspirations to be more. He seemed to have goals. We added horns from a longhorn steer. Mechanical wings made of steampunk gears. A wristwatch so as not to miss an appointment with greatness. And a golden gear in his right hand, er, paw. Tiny goggles make him adventure-ready. Strength, style, whimsy, focus and a little je nais se quoi (my favorite French phrase which translates as “I don’t know what” but really means “when you see it, you’ll know it.”)

And while we named him “Identity Crisis,” something about this prairie dog said “I know who I am, and who I want to be;” he’s not just another rodent poseur.

One of a kind water globe (snow globe) with tiny embellished prairie dog under a four-inch glass globe. When shaken, the mythical creature is bathed in a sparkling shower of gold microdust. Wooden base is finished with a faux metallic paint, suggesting the patina of age and weathered metal. All images copyright (c) 2014 Camryn Forrest Designs, Denver, Colorado.

Oil and Water – or, Oil Well That Ends Well

Ooooh! It was a dark and stormy night. Mystery snow globe. A Black Snowstorm. A riddle: What’s thick and black and swirling with potential?

Oil Well that Ends Well, custom snow globe by Camryn Forrest Designs 2013  What? A steam-powered oil derrick? Isn’t that a contradiction, she asked, in a concerned voice.  Or, maybe it’s deiselpunk, she offered helpfully.

It’s both, it’s neither, it’s not meant to be political commentary. It was just a passing thought — like asking a human to program a computer which will soon replace its job.

Was steam ever asked to help find the oil that would fuel combustible engines?

If you are looking for reality, you might have to look a little further down the road. Maybe even a different road. Steampunk is a fantasy bred of rethinking the past to create an alternate future; it’s not real life. And neither are steam-powered oil derricks. But I was enchanted with the idea of mixing it up, you know: Oil and Water.

From the land of pleasant contradictions and happy contrasts (with a sidetrip to the village of groan-able puns), I give you: Oil Well that Ends Well.

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Oil Well That Ends Well, custom snow globe with miniature oil derrick “curious invention” in deep black sooty dust (when shaken) by Camryn Forrest Designs 2013. All designs and images copyright (c) 2013 Camryn Forrest Designs, Denver, Colorado.

The strange saga of the Warrior Rhino snow globe

It was a simple idea at the time. I wanted, I planned, to make a snow globe sculpture called “Invisible Carousel.” I sketched it out to perfection. Frollicking giraffes and unicorns, a pig and a buffalo, all parading in a whimsical circle.

A sweet little idea, with a variety of small metal animals, each perched atop an unseen clear support, at different heights, so when viewed inside the snow globe, it would appear to be a carousel with no mechanical support. The invisible carousel. Charming. Dripping with charm.

I collected the animals I needed and began to work.

Until the Rhino.

Oh, the Rhino! Barely the size of my thumbnail, he exuded a fierce personality, completely unsuited for the sweet endless ride of a carousel. “I want adventure!” he proclaimed. “I have battles yet to fight, and honor to defend.” He refused to sit politely on a carousel post, protesting that he was too old to be ridden by a child, no matter how imaginary. He seemed to cock his rhino horn in my direction, looking as threatening as his 19 or so millimeters would allow.

How does one deny the will of the angry Rhino? Using the tiniest tools, I crafted a tiny harness of leather straps and chains, and fitted the Rhino carefully. Next, I outfitted a grand airship for him, battle-worn, but complete with bazookas and other weaponry. I hung ammo belts and tiny knife sheaths off his harness, and put torpedoes at his disposal on each side.

Go forth and fight your battles, Warrior Rhino. The carousel can ride another day.

The Warrior Rhino flies at dawn.

Flight of the Warrior Rhino custom snow globe, Camryn Forrest Designs 2013

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Flight of the Warrior Rhino custom snow globe, Camryn Forrest Designs 2013

Flight of the Warrior Rhino custom snow globe, Camryn Forrest Designs 2013

Flight of the Warrior Rhino Snow Globe, Camryn Forrest DesignsAll images and designs are copyright (c) 2013 Camryn Forrest Designs, Denver, Colorado USA.