The Story Behind "Weaponized Snowflake"

Let It Snow

Below, two collages, "Weaponized Snowflake" and "It Takes an Avalanche," inspired by Trump supporters' use of the word "snowflake" as an insult when chastising uppity liberal libbers (aka "libtards") like me.

The Story Behind "Weaponized Snowflake"

The Story Behind "Weaponized Snowflake"

One of the things Trumpists are saying when they use the word "snowflake" as an insult is "you are small and insignificant and you will melt away."

I wanted to make a snowflake that was just a bit dangerous.

Constructing "Weaponized Snowflake"

Constructing "Weaponized Snowflake"

This is a collage of two photos and a line of text. Font: ColumnaSolSCD.

The center of the "Weaponized Snowflake" is from the center of a Wilson Bentley snowflake, above. The arms are from the photo of a staffed weapon (c. 1520) in the Metropolitan Museum of Art's online database (below).

Wilson Bentley figured out how to take pictures of individual snowflake crystals at the end of the 1800s. The Smithsonian has 500 of his images in their collection.

It Takes an Avalanche

It Takes an Avalanche

The Story Behind "It Takes an Avalanche"

The Story Behind "It Takes an Avalanche"

Hillary Clinton wrote a book called "It takes a village," a reference to society's shared responsibility for raising children.

I say, "It takes an avalanche," referring to our shared responsibility for taking back our democracy.

 

Making "It Takes an Avalanche"

Making "It Takes an Avalanche"

This collage is comprised of a photo and a line of text. The photo, above, is from a plate of images taken in 1902 by the famous snowflake photographer Wilson Bentley. It's in the Smithsonian's database. The text is in the font Americana BT.