I was reading a section in the Book “Exuberance” by Kay Redfield Jamison about Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley, the first man to ever photograph a single snow crystal in 1885.
He became obsessed with documenting the frozen marvels, and claimed that in the 5,000 snowflakes he captured, he never found any two alike. What a nearly-unbelievable fact; one that is easy to repeat but knocks me off my feet when I really think about it.
This year, inspired my Mr. Bentley, my husband and I designed and printed architectural blueprints of snowflakes for our friends and family as gifts. Printed on cobalt blueprint paper, each was a recreation of one of Bentley’s icy babies. A different snowflake for each person, with a specific “Snowflake No.” and the temperature and humidity at which it is formed.
We wrapped them in paper printed with a Seattle architects kitchen designs to keep the theme cohesive. Simply a reminder for the hallway wall that we are each rare creations, formed under specific circumstances, and destined for something intricate and all our own.
(Note: If you would like me to design one for you, please simply let me know by emailing me at email@example.com. $25 includes the glass framing, $15 for the print).