People, Pets and Pop Culture Embroidered Portraits

danielle clough pop culture embroidery

When I first introduced you to fibre artist Danielle Clough it was to share with you her embroidered tennis racquets. Now take a look at her adeptly and colorful embroidered portraits of Pop culture icons, people and pets.

Danielle Clough Embroidered Portraits

From Jean Michel Basquiat to The Dude (Jeff Bridges’ character in The Big Lebowski), Danielle’s colorful stitching results in recognizable likenesses for unique portraiture.


Jeff Bridges As “The Dude” from The Big Lebowski:


Uma Thurman as Miss Mia Wallace from Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction:


Bill Murray as Steve Zissou in Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic:


Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat:


Bertha Benz for Mercedes Benz Life (MBLife). Bertha Benz was the wife of Karl Benz, of the automobile:

British-American documentary filmmaker Louis Theroux:


She also works in itty bitty sizes like these adorable embroidered portraits of Star Wars’ Princess Leia and Chewbacca:

COMMISSIONED PET PORTRAITS

Instead of having a painting of your pet commissioned, Danielle will do an embroidered version of your fur baby which makes for a very unique piece of meaningful art.

Dogs:





Cats:


About the artist (from her website):
Born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa (and referred to as “Dee” by those who know her), Clough completed her studies in art direction and graphic design at The Red and Yellow School before embarking on a career in visual art, digital design and thing-making.

Danielle Clough, photo by Tyler B Murphy

Her combined interest in visual art, music and South African street culture scene led to an experimental stint turned niche gig creating visuals for live music events. Using the stage name Fiance Knowles, Dee has performed with local artists Haezer, PH Fat, Los Tacos, Amy Ayanda and internationals acts such as the Allah Las, Dimention, Cid Rim, The Black Lips and Black Sun Empire. She has played a bunch of music festivals you’ve probably never heard of if you’re over 45 and your primary music listening preference is Jazz (If not, see: Rocking the Daisies, Grietfest, Synergy, CTEMF, Nuworld Fest.)

When she is not VJing (which is not what you think), Dee is doing digital design work for local companies; wrapped in a mess of threads embroidering anything from vintage rackets to shoes; lending her voice to local radio shows (Assembly Radio, Bush Radio ); creating custom book covers (Modjaji Books); and working as a contributing photographer for various local and international media.

Dee has been profiled by Instagram, Colossal, CNN, Vogue.com. Creative Boom and the Creators Project amongst others, while her work has been published in the New York Times T Magazine, Casa de Jardim, Couch Magazine, Evening Standard, Homespun and featured in various exhibitions across the country.

Some clients from 2016 include Gucci, The African Innovation foundation and the United Nations.

She currently works, plays and bikes in Cape Town.

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