Creating snowflakes

Zoee Cregger, 13, an eighth-grader at Monocacy Middle School, holds one of the 3-D paper snowflakes she made that are hanging in her grandmother’s hair salon, Bad Hair Day, in Frederick.

For many middle schoolers, a snow day includes sleeping late, visiting friends and venturing outside for sled rides and snowball fights.

Recuperating from a soccer injury, Monocacy Middle School eighth-grader Zoee Cregger had to find a different way to enjoy her first snow day of the year.

With limited mobility, the time off led her to craft several 3-D paper snowflakes recently, a technique she learned in an art class.

Using a few pieces of paper and some tape, Zoee said the paper snowflakes were relatively easy to make.

Zoee’s grandmother thought the final product was striking enough to hang in her Frederick hair salon. Since then, she has heard nothing but praise.

“She came over and said, ‘I love these, can you make a couple for the shop?’” Zoee recalled.

About 15 paper snowflakes now hang from the ceiling of Bad Hair Day on North East Street, and five more adorn the salon’s front windows.

“People will be laying back in the chairs and getting shampooed and say, ‘Oh, my God, it looks like snow,’” said Fay Favilla, Zoee’s grandmother and owner of Bad Hair Day.

Several customers have even asked to take some of the 3-D snowflakes home, but Favilla said she has yet to give any away.

“A lot of people think they’re wonderful,” she said.

Mel Lambert, a customer of the salon for five years, said she enjoyed the unique decor, noting each snowflake’s intricacies.

“That a young girl was productive (on a snow day) and not on the computer or on video games is good,” Lambert said.

Betty Doutt, who works next door, said she thought the 3-D paper snowflakes were “fabulous” and enjoyed the cheerful sight.

“I think it’s really nice that (Zoee) is doing that,” she said.

An avid artist, Zoee said she typically works on multiple projects inside and outside of school, including an ink painting of a city skyline and a watercolor piece.

This is not the first time Zoee’s work has been on display, Favilla said. Another piece by Zoee was displayed at the Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center. In addition, the eighth-grader previously helped decorate the windows of the Roy Rogers near Opossumtown Pike.

With the positive response to her 3-D snowflakes, Zoee said she plans to make more for the upcoming holidays and display them in the salon.

“I just like it,” she said of her passion for art. “It’s fun.”

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Paige Jones covers business and biotech in Frederick County. She started at the paper in 2014 as a nighttime crime reporter before switching to business. A Kansas transplant in Maryland, she enjoys exploring the East Coast in her free time.

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