The artist Paddy Hartley has created a series of mixed-media/fiber works in response to what he learned about the lives of the men who underwent these pioneering surgeries, called Project Facade.
According to the website, "Each garment tells the fragmented personal history of a man who had to go back to his families with a seamed and shattered face." The uniforms are a kind of collage, alive with the stories of each man's life. They are beautiful, heartbreaking and complicated.
The broad masculinity of Project Facade is unusual in this stereotypically female domain - fiber and needlework.
The artist is male and the subjects embody masculine ideals - they are soldiers, war heroes, husbands and fathers. Such a patchwork of male-ness is seldom seen in fiber art.
Take time to explore the website, but be cautious: the case files have graphic photos of the soldiers' devastating injuries.