What to do when someone writes terrible things about you on the Internet? Turn their comments into cute pieces of embroidery, obviously.
Marie Brian, also known as the Cotton Floozy, creates and sells hilarious stitchings online. When she started receiving negative feedback -- like so many other women on the Internet -- she decided to respond by incorporating those offensive comments into her pieces.
"When you see something so horrible written about you in print form, it has a way of searing itself onto your psyche," Brian told The Huffington Post in an email. "I found so much relief in facing those words head on, exorcising their power with a few adorable stitches and some pom-pom trim."
I recently became aware of some internet hate towards me and my business, so I skipped over the F-bombs and the threats and lifted this one, admittedly, poetic sentence and stitched it. Sometimes hate can be frickin' adorable. #hatersgonnahate #embroidery #restrainingorder
The result is "Adorable-izing Hate," a fledgling project turning negative internet commentary into cute artwork. In a blog post about the project, Brian explained how soothing she found the process and invited her followers to share their own experiences with hateful comments.
"All I know is that stitching a bit of the hate directed towards me was immensely cathartic," she wrote. "It turned my tears (thin-skin) into laughter. If you have any bit of hate that you have received from a crazy ex or an online troll, let me know... Maybe I can adorable-ize it through the power of embroidery."
One of my favorite lady bloggers - @thekimbongiorno - received this comment. "That woman's face is terrifying as f*ck." I added an asterisk to make it family restaurant friendly for my viewers. Because my mom.
The project isn't limited to Internet commentary -- Brian has also stitched excerpts from angry texts and personal messages.
As long as Internet trolls are around, the possibility of being torn down in the comments is real. Brian has a fantastic attitude about it, though. As she wrote in her blog post, "Haters gonna hate, stitchers gonna stitch."
Today's adorablized hate embroidery. For my friend Mary Ellen who received this gem in the form of a text: "you are no longer relivant. [sic]."
Check out more embroidery from Marie Brian here.