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The ancient Japanese repaired broken pottery by dusting crevices with gold, silver, or platinum. Known as ‘Kintsugi’, the philosophy perceives breakage as part of an item’s history, and not something that should be hidden.
In the same vein, “accidental” collage artist Sara Shakeel reveres stretch marks by filling them with glitter. They are, after all, symbols of a women’s experience and growth—so why shy them?
In hopes of getting people to better appreciate their natural forms, Shakeel encourages followers to send photos of their stretch marks and have her highlight, and not conceal, them.
The response has been surreal so far. “I cannot explain how overwhelmed I was to see around 300 emails of stretch marks, cellulite, [and] scars and the best part is I am getting requests from men asking if I can put glitter on their marks too!”
Have a look at some of Shakeel’s inspiring remixes and follow her on Instagram for a regular dose of positivity.
You guys have NAILED the #glitterstretchmarks game!I I cannot explain how overwhelmed I was to see around 300 emails of stretchmarks, cellulite, scars and the best part is I am getting requests from men asking if I can put glitter on their marks too! Isn't that just fabulous! ... How each and everyone of you wanted me to make you guys a part of my art! Litrelly I had to go through each and every email reply them and let them know how normal and beautiful it is to own one of these stripes! I promised you guys I'll make you a part of my art! I have been super busy with my upcoming exhibition here in my home country! But i had to take a little time out to fullfil my promise! For those who are still waiting , Do look into my stories and you might find your edit! Thank you once again for being with me on this! Relating and creating art together & forever!!!! I love you all