Fiancé Knowles is an incredible embroidery artist, living in Cape Town, South Africa. Over her three and a half years of focusing on her work full-time, she’s become world-famous, doing work for some incredible names such as David Letterman, Gucci and Nike to name but a few.
Because nothing goes together better than great beer & killer music, Fiancé Knowles put together our very first Jack Black Playlist, filled to the brim with an excellent mix of feel-good Golden Era Hip Hop. So crack open a cold one, hit the play button and check out our interview with this truly amazing artist.
How many years have you been doing embroidery for now and what’s your favourite part about it?
I’ve been doing embroidery full time for 3 1/2 years. It started by accident in 2010 and became my favourite hobby outside of having a thousand different jobs. It’s always been a gentle indulgence in colour that’s both excites me, and keeps me calm.
You’ve worked with some incredible brands & people. David Letterman, Gucci, Nike, the list goes on. Did you ever imagine in your wildest dreams that this would have happened? What has been your favourite or most mind-blowing project so far?
I never imagined that these things could have happened when I quit my 9-5 and went back to waitressing a few years back, but I did have an inclination that it (and I) had potential to make it something special. I guess everyone feels like that when they find something or someone they love. I’ve worked on so many projects that I treasure, but think the standout was when Adobe commissioned me to work with a Metal Artist in Mexico. We created an embroidery and metal sculpture cross-continents and it’s now at their head office in San Francisco. David Madero became a good friend and I’m still hoping to meet him in person one day.
It’s really amazing to see the power of an app like Instagram to connect people world-wide & give artists a platform. You currently have 125k followers, which is an enormous platform. Do you think that your career would have been possible without this platform?
Definitely not. Instagram has been like a fundamental tool in my kit. I’m really grateful that I was caught in the slip stream of IG in its hay day. I feel like it has changed a lot with algorithms and influencer culture and I imagine it a bit like I was running in the Olympics before they started testing for drugs. Now there are more people, barriers and the competition is tougher. These changes in the last year have grounded me a lot, because I was gearing my work around my audience. It’s reminded me that you have to produce work that is true to you and your growth because you can’t rely on an app, when it can change in an update.
Do you have any advice to give to the aspiring artists out there?
Make the work, be free to share it, let it go and then make more. You will only learn and find answers in the process. Try not to overthink. Lean into the parts that bring you joy because are the things that will help you develop your own style.
Tell us about your playlist, what’s the vibe & when would you listen to it? (While working, hanging out that sort of thing)
My playlist is homage to my favourite music people, the Uppercut crew who put on the Golden Era parties in Cape Town. I’d listen to this whenever I need a pick me up and a shake down.
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