A gallery of cool paper snowflakes

It is that point of 12 months once more, when the climate’s getting colder and persons are anticipating the vacations. Some of us drink pumpkin spice lattes, and a few are excited to interrupt out their tunics and boots. However Will West—who describes himself as a “a public-school trainer, father of two, husband, photographer, and printmaker”—ushers within the season by creating paper snowflakes, and posting them on his web site, Flaking Out. He explains:

No, I am not obsessive about paper snowflakes. Or, at the least, I am fairly certain I am not obsessive about them January via October. I’m, nonetheless, intrigued by the complexities that may come up from seemingly easy selections. The simplicity of making paper snowflakes is, for me, their best enchantment. The one components are scissors, paper, and selections.

West has been reducing snowflakes for about fifteen years, and about six years in the past was reducing a couple of hundred snowflakes a 12 months between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Final 12 months he upped that to over 300. He determined final 12 months to start out documenting his creations, and his web site was born:

I believe it is honest to say that, whereas I’m not obsessive about making paper snowflakes, I do love making the issues. 

In the event you wish to create issues, reducing snowflakes is a type of near-instant gratification.  I discover reducing snowflakes helps me loosen up throughout a worrying stretch of the college 12 months and, in the proper fingers, they make for glorious decorations.  I have been telling myself for years I wanted some report of the lots of of flakes I reduce annually (at the least of the higher ones) as an archive and educating device.  This 12 months, I resolved to start out the location and doc the snowflakes of 2021 earlier than the 12 months was up–even when it killed me.  I will make amends for my sleep beginning New Yr’s Day.

On his web site he additionally supplies steerage on find out how to make your personal snowflakes, and has a gorgeous gallery of his creations, separated into classes reminiscent of asterisk, dandelion, halo, hexagon, trefoil, wheel, and my favourite, Cthuloid. He even has a gallery of profanities. I believe my favourite snowflakes are discovered within the “footage” gallery—the Squidflake and the Flake-topus. Go try his web site, and get impressed to chop some snowflakes of your personal this 12 months!

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