CamrynForrestDesigns

Camryn Forrest Designs

Denver, Colorado

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Note from shop owner We're taking a few days away from Etsy, but will be back soon. When we return, we'll be posting new work for your consideration.

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In the meantime, you can check out other recent artwork at
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Note from shop owner

Last updated on Aug 30, 2021

We're taking a few days away from Etsy, but will be back soon. When we return, we'll be posting new work for your consideration.

We will not be shipping any orders this week except those already in the system. We'll try to respond to messages when we can. Thanks for stopping by and we'll be back soon.

In the meantime, you can check out other recent artwork at
www.camrynforrest.com

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On Etsy since 2012

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About Camryn Forrest Designs

Snow Globes have been around since the turn of the last century. We know for sure that one was created to commemorate the dedication of the Eiffel tower in 1889; only one or two examples of this snow globe exist.

I've always loved tiny things: little chairs, tea cups, miniature shoes, souvenir buildings, tiny toys and ... snow globes. I also love art, and I wondered for many years why I'd go to the most interesting art shows and juried exhibitions and see everything EXCEPT artisan snow globes.

Nature hates a vacuum, and so do I. I set out to learn how to make waterglobes/snowglobes and make them into works of art, above and beyond a plastic dome one brings back from a trip. These are the pieces of artwork I wanted to see for myself.

Working with a technical expert (possibly the only snow globe engineer in the U.S., or the world), I was able to learn through doing, how to create tiny sculptures to fit inside the 2-inch opening of a glass globe, and how to make them so they would not disintegrate in the liquid. I still have some of my first globes prototypes, in which I tried to use tiny watch gears as glitter, and saw them turn into rusty smudges of nothing in a few weeks or less. My “engineer” understands how to make a snowglobe without a bubble (not an easy feat), and how to seal various materials so they can withstand constant moisture. I would not be able to do much of anything without his ongoing expertise and advice.

Some of my waterglobes have a steampunk look, some are salutes to Nikola Tesla, some are a nod to the work of M.C. Escher, some are simply visual puns or shapes that I enjoy. All of my items are handmade and one of a kind. I may make a series on a theme (Tesla is currently tied with Escher with five pieces each), but every single one is made by my own hands, piece by piece, and no two are ever identical. Each snowglobe (or waterglobe, since there is rarely “snow” inside) is signed by me.

As an artist, I feel I am just getting started, and the stacks of notebooks, sketches and ideas I have are waiting to become reality --- some ideas are hovering at the verge, nibbling at my imagination, and must wait until I learn a new technique or find the right material to create them the way I want them to look. For me, this is the best part, as I often surprise myself with the end result. As my skill grows working with various techniques, the range of snow globe designs also grows.

I hope you enjoy them.

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  • Camryn

    Owner, Designer/Maker

    Camryn Forrest, shop owner and designer, is a small-minded person who loves tiny shoes, chairs, buildings, toys and snow globes. There is no formal degree in snowglobes, so every handmade item you see is the result of self-taught trial and error.

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