Body shaming has always been a sad part of our culture — but artist Sally Hewett is flipping "normal body standards" completely over. She makes embroidered masterpieces that truly celebrate body hair, cellulite, scars, and stretch marks.
(If you're reading this at work, please be aware that although there's no *actual* nudity in this post, there are artistic depictions of nudity.)
“I love bodies,” Hewett wrote on her website. “And it is not the conventionally beautiful bodies that take my eye, it is bodies which show their history."
"[Bodies] that have been altered by their experiences, that are decorated with bruises, scars, spots, stretch marks, freckles, pigmentation, veins. Bodies that have the marks of life on them.”
"Thank you," a commenter wrote underneath this stretch mark post. "Seeing this piece was the first time I felt differently about my stretch marks in ten years of trying to be accepting of them."
Hewett also has an interest in mastectomy art, which is inspired by her grandmother.
“My granny (an upholsterer and seamstress of great skill) had her breast removed as a result of cancer and was hugely grateful to the surgeon for saving her life,” she wrote. “But she was almost equally appreciative of what a beautiful stitching job he had done. She was very proud of her scar.”
Hewett titled this piece "Sal's Scar" — a replica of a fan's chest after heart surgery.
The scar is based on a fan also named Sally, according to clarifications in the comments.
Lots of fans hopped into the comments to share how empowered the heart surgery scar made them feel.
"It's my scar!" one user commented, complete with a heart eye emoji.
"Oh, I wish I had this [piece]," another wrote. "Open surgery in 2015."
"I have exactly the same scar," someone else added. "Thank you for producing such beautiful art work and making people feel represented."