Danielle Clough, a bubbly and cheery 27-year-old, is an embroiderer. Now, I could be wrong with saying this, but I don't see too many of them around much. I mean, I'm from the US, so it might be more popular out of the country. Regardless, I've seen what this girl can do and she's amazing!
When we chatted, she seemed very patient, kind and passionate about her art. I count embroidering as a form of art because you're crafting something with your hands as well as imagination. She seemed to have a very fun way of living - that made me feel a bit jealous.
How did you get into art?
I took up textile design in school and the teacher told me I should do art as a class. I really enjoyed it, and later went to do a college to get my matric in visual art. I really wanted to be a fashion designer and thought that this was the best place to start. I studied fashion for 2 weeks and dropped out so from there I was on a mission to figure out what my passion was.
Why did you want to become an artist?
Hmm... honestly, I don't really consider myself an artist. I prefer the term embroiderer. It's like being a carpenter or builder. I like the idea of being a 'maker'. Lorraine Loots said it perfectly, art is more about the concept and the meaning. Personally, I prefer the aesthetics and the process of creating.
What is it about art that you love?
It's a language that informs us constantly and creates culture. Imagine if coins didn't have images, but just writing or numbers?
What does art mean to you?
To me it's connectivity.
How did you become so passionate about art and why?
I don't feel like there was a specific moment I became passionate about art, it's just a feeling that makes sense to me. I imagine how some people feel about teaching or cooking. It doesn't feel so much like a choice as a thing that brings comfort if that makes sense!