Trust me, you’re going to love this.
Utah LGBT rights and feminist craftinista Marie Brian has found a way to turn the hideous into the adorable, empowering herself and a massive slew of others in the process. She’s taken to commemorating her Internet trolls through handmade embroidery and posting the results on Instagram for all to see under the handle, Cotton Floozy.
Being an advocate for LGBT rights and a self-proclaimed feminist, Brian often works liberal, even subversive perspectives into her craftwork, which, of course, brings the trolls out like a freshly built bridge. But Brian doesn’t need a billy goat to kick these trolls back into the muck. She uses their own words against them with needle, thread, and a whole lot of style.
After enough encounters with ugly Americans and hatemongers, Briand decided to “adorable-ize the hate,” as she calls it, embroidering their own comments, posts and words against them. Each piece encapsulates one piece of ugliness slung at her or her feminist friends at one time or another.
According to Mic, Brian stated:
It’s an enjoyable and crafty way to face the faceless. By taking an art form like embroidery that is considered womanly and ineffectual, and making it strong and direct and womanly, it shifts the power balance.
Brian began her #adorablehate series after one upsetting incident where a former friend turned very ugly toward her in an extremely public way, posting online:
Marie Brian is the only person in Utah that I hate with the passion of a thousand homeless wasps in a torrential rainstorm. She is an awful person, just awful. If you see her, go ahead and spit on her face for me.
Brian was inspired to respond with this:
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
Alarmingly, Brian admits it’s not always easy to choose which comments to make into adorable hate. Brian told Mic:
When I was going over different quotes that I could possibly stitch, it was alarming how often I had to say, ‘Let’s choose something less rapey.’
It’s a sad statement that Brian will never run out of fuel for her adorable hate line of embroidery. The war on women, ignorance, and hate (especially online) are not going anywhere anytime soon. Just the recent examples of Emma Watson, Jessica Valenti, Anita Sarkeesian and Amanda Hess should tell you that. Jezebel, can certainly fill readers in, as well. But the silver lining hear is Brian’s fantastic approach to combat such ugliness with beauty and wit, with maturity rather than vitriol, and there is plenty of time to continue the work, even if her muse in this case does make for an awfully strange bedfellow. Brian stated:
I have gotten such a good response from folks. It really seems to help people laugh and overcome the hurtful words of other people. Maybe it will send the online world a warning: Be careful about the horrid things you say or write or you may find yourself stitched!
Bask in the glory of adorable hate below:
I am going to sticky-tape this to my forehead. #batshitcrazy #embroidery
Let it f**king go already. #letitgo #earworm #frozen #embroidery
Oi. Shove off. #embroidery
Another “adorablizing the hate” embroidery. This one is for my friend @stephlauritzen who is a feminist writer and activist in Utah. Oh, the hate she gets! “Look up slut in the dictionary you dumb wench.” — and stay tuned, because I have a few more adorable hate embroideries in the works!
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].”
hysterical and useless #radiohead
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.
Yeah, BOO, whatever. #CraftSabbath
More adorablized hate. Mason jars are in, right? “I want to punch you in the face.” –for Steph #masonjarcrafts
More adorable-ized hate. For my friend @cornfedgirl . Someone trolled her this gem: “Please grow up and get a grip.” #adorablehate
Ambitious but Rubbish. For my friend Matt. He says that I need to watch #TopGear. It’s a show about cars, right? Not my thing. But it’s British. I’m so torn.