|Square Peg - Round Holes #1 ©2012 Brenda Gael Smith|
I had already settled on exploring the concept of a square peg in a round hole, when I came across the Apple advertising campaign from the late 1990s - Think Different - which celebrates the maverick with the words:
Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. While some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.
I had fun exploring circle and square imagery in stitched resist shibori and am happy to include a shibori piece in my 2012 series. I started with a quick sketch on a piece of paper lying around:
When it came to translating to fabric, I had to be a little more precise with measuring so that my circle elements fitted into the 20x12in area. I explain the process in my Shibori tutorial #1 - Karamatsu–Japanese Larch Stitch Resist. My original plan was to embellish the square element with bright hand stitching but it didn't look right. Less is more sometimes.
I machine quilted horizontal lines in variegated thread to create an overall embossed effect:I also made a second piece on a larger scale. Here are some before and after quilting shots:
|Square Peg - Round Holes #2 ©2012 Brenda Gael Smith|