Small embroidered face

This weekend was something special. Got to do the visuals for first of (hopefully) many P.H.fat shows for Vodacom in the City on Friday in Joburg and Rocking the Daisies on Saturday. Sunday I recovered in a mess of threads. Using an image I shot for Mercedes Benz Life SA of Chloe Hugo-Hamman i finished a mini embroidered portrait. From now on they are called Sew Sundays.

I fell asleep embroidering very alien looking boobs and  found the scissors DANGEROUSLY close to face this morning. Threading on the edge.

Rising star

Home and Leisure have featured me as a Rising Star in this months addition, along side a bunch of disgustingly talented humans.

Thanks for the title of Embroiderer.

MBL / Chloë Hugo-Hamman

I recently shot Chloë Hugo-Hamman for a MBL interview by Nadine Theron. Chloë did an epic range for 2Bop reacently. 

Its been an age since I picked up the camera, and I always wonder why its been so long.

Read the interview>

Capsule Projects / Embroidery mask

I was very blessed to be apart of the Capsule Projects First Thursday exhibition held at Red Bull Studios this month. Art+House was an exhibition of 15 artists wearing masks that they created shot by Kent Andreasen. The event had acts Fever Trails and Card on Spokes performing. I got to do visuals for the event to which for me was such a wonderful way of having a full involvement in the process.

I look like Scorpions wife. Bucket list tick.

I was interviewed by Kelly Berold (who you may know as the other voice on my radio show The Tupperware Party)

Petite Noir / Embroidery

A few years ago I had portraits of Petite Noir published in The Rolling Stone Magaine. As part of my InAwe Residence, I completed this embroidery of Yannick. I think its one of my favourites and definitely think its FAR more effective when they are smaller.

Shamon Cassette / Voodoo Bus

Brooklyn rapper Shamon Cassette released a Mixtape exclusively for Mail and Guardian earlier this month with this very telling and thorough interview

Shamon is the king of colaborations and we have already engaged in a few trade exchanges! One including these lips I embroidered for him.

Click / Listen / Enjoy!

Tow Aways

Tow Aways is a zine of analogue photography featuring 13 artists created by Lani Spice.  The launch was at The Pit a few weeks ago, with an exhibition sponsored by RVCA.  I was very blessed to be apart of this project and exhibition. It seams to have reignited my love for film photography, which is such a gift.

Have a look at the tumblr with interviews and all the contributors here

My favourite image is this one of my little sister crying.

IneAwe Stays: Self portrait embroidery

Last week Thursday an interview by Josh Hayman from my first (on many I hope) residency with 10and5 and InAwe Stays was launched. It was a real gift to plug out of life for a week and stay in SUCH a beautiful space and just sew my life away.

It took about a day to scrape myself off the heated floor and get myself going. I finished off a piece from an image from a shoot I did for Rolling Stones years ago, and my largest yet, a self portrait. It was my  Cape Town inspired piece for the residence.

The reference image for my piece was taken by Lesca Steyn. Any time Ive worked with her its been such a seemless process.

You can view the article on 10and5, and the other artists involved in the programme here

MBLife / HGissue / Buro247: Athi-patra Ruga

A couple weeks / months / years ago (time has a funny way of getting away from you) I was hired to take images for MBLife of the artist Athi-patra Ruga. Lately the images have re-emerged on big sites such as HG Issue and Buro247 and realised I had never posted them here.

Both sites haven't credited me and to be honest, Im not really phased seeing as photography hasn't been my focus for ages (perhaps Id feel differently if it was) but it does lead the mind to question how these bigger more established sites are going about things. These are the people who are going to keep artist working and fed, and perhaps they want to skirt around a few payments here and there but as an employee from MBLife said "These pictures are all over the web, Buro 24/7 is not the only transgressor. It's really cool that everyone likes them, but a little credit costs nothing and goes a long way to establish a photographer's talent. Dee could've been famous and working Russia by now! "

And, it would be really nice to go to Russia.

From where I sit today, right now, on this sunny and FREEZING day in Cape Town, Im just grateful I live a life where I get to do what I'm passionate about, and that every now and then I get to stumble upon a site that reminds me about that.

MOST importantly, click on the links and have a look at the mind-blowing works of Athi and his work with LOUIS VUITTON

InAwe Residence

Today I have started my week residence at InAwe Stays. In collaboration with Between 10and5 and Nokia, InAwe Stays has invited a few artists to partake in a residence.

Not only is the space incredible (with heated foods I cant scrape myself off) I feel particularly attached as I designed their corporate ID earlier in the year.

Have a look at artist videos here: