Artists We Love: Danielle Clough

WORDS Lindi Brownell Meiring

Every year, Design Indaba, in association with the Department of Arts and Culture, chooses 40 talented up-and-comers as part of the anticipated Emerging Creatives initiative. Started in 2005, this programme has helped launch the careers of many successful South African creatives. At this year’s exhibition, held at the Watershed in Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront, we spotted some local stars we just had to chat to. Meet fibre artist, Danielle Clough.

Describe your work in three words.

Antiquated, colourful, quirky.

What do you love about design?

Design ignites an understanding or feeling based on your own nostalgia or references, in seconds. Unlike art, the message is often more practical than emotive. I love that we can communicate like this through beauty.

What did being an Emerging Creative mean to you?

Being an emerging creative means growth.

Danielle (otherwise known as Fiance Knowles) creates her embroidered works in Cape Town.

To view more of Danielle’s work, visit