Photo: Lesca Lea

“Jack of all trades, master of none is such an outdated concept,” says 29-year-old Danielle Clough, a creative who expresses herself through design, VJing, and photography.

But it was her self-taught hobby of four years – embroidery – that recently thrust Clough into the international spotlight. Her embroidery on vintage rackets, pendants, and fabrics have been featured on CNN, in Vogue and The New York Times. Her client list is just as impressive.

She embroidered a fence for the United Nations 2016 World Humanitarian Summit and a pair of shoes for Gucci. Her tennis rackets have sold to art galleries in the US, and Russia. “I’ll embroider anything I can get my hands on,” admits Clough.

She relishes her freedom and the space to create. In contrast to the quietness of her Cape Town embroidery studio, she also holds workshops to teach people (of all skill levels) to embroider.

Clough continues to rock major stages like Rocking the Daisies, Synergy Live and Grietfest as a VJ. Under her stage name, Fiance Knowles, Clough has performed with local artists Haezer, PH Fat, Hugh Masekela and internationals like Allah Las, Mick Jenkins, Cid Rim, The Black Lips, complementing their live performances with curated and designed visuals.

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