Thembi x Nike Women

I have been asked to create a piece to celebrate female football star Thembi Kgatlana and her story by Nike. Learning more about her, I have come to love that her determination to be the best is not to surpass others, but to show people what is possible. Her attitude is that her skills and talent are a conduit to put South Africa on the map, and to help create a future for girls to be able to pursue their passions without the obstacles that she has weaved through. Besides accolades in her many achievements, such as winning African Woman’s Footballer of the year in 2018, what moves me about her is how effortlessly she embodies her message ‘Play to shape the future’. Making the work, I dissected the shapes that represents the game through which she strives to be a role model to others, and my goal was to capture her powerful and joyful demeanour through bold colours.

When Thembi was growing up her mother begged her to play netball because “soccer was for boys” but she knew where her passion lay. In a country where there are still places that women are denied football grounds to practice, I can’t imagine how many countless difficult days and decisions she has made on her path. Because of this, I decided to create a video of me making the portrait of her.

Much like her story, it’s not in the final achievement where the message lies, but in all the steps its takes to get there. I think no matter whether you are playing with a ball or needle and thread, we can all harness a little of Thembi’s joy and strength.

Camera Adam Vinokur

Editor Eben Smal (Haezer)

Music Faphappy by Mac Motel

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Lucy’s shoes

TWO GIN

CLUELESS

GIRL DUST

POMEGRANATES

SNOOP

BOB ROSS

MR A

MARBLES, LOST AND FOUND

HUMMINGBIRD RACKET

Manatee

NIKE x GURL TALK

JESS LEE OF THE SEA

ALL THAT GLIMMERS IS HOME

FURBY

POMPOCOLYPSE

BIRDS OF A FEATHER

RAVE RAT

FROOT LOOPS

ONGO GABLOGIAN

TATA

BUSHBABY BABY

ALL SORTS OF STITCHES

WHAT YOU SEE IN ME

NINJABREAD BOY

TOPOGRAPHIC ROMANCE

JEFF GOLDBLUM

THE HEIRESS

Saturday sleep in

Alain

Prince

Thembi x Nike Women

WEDNESDAY

WHAT A RACKET

Gucci – 24 Hour Ace

Biggie Smalls

Magenta

Danielle Clough

COSMOS OF OFF CUTS

will smith, embroidery, danielle clough

The Fresh Prince

Long distance lovers

TRESPASS

Origins

NETFLIX x DAVID LETTERMAN & TINA FEY

Mother Bored

NIKE HQ – BILL BOWERMAN

Danielle Clough sappi

KALLYNO – SAPPI CALENDER

Winonas

ADOBE PHOTOSHOP COLLABORAGRAM

FIANCE KNOWLES X AF-1

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FAITH IN 83

Air Pushy

Danielle Clough Steve Zissou

STEVE ZISSOU

JESS

BORDERS AND BOUNDARIES (UN)

QUEER AFRICA 2

Fiance Knowles x RVCA

LAURA PALMER / TWIN PEAKS

BASQUIAT

If the Shoe fits x Vans

SEED

UPFEST

SKULL RACKETS

Die Antwoord: Banana Brains

THREAD PLATED

THE GIRLS

THE DUDE ABIDES

Danielle Clough embroidered moon

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SEW, SCATTER, SEED

SNAKELET

SNAKE FACE

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SILVAN 7 / D3 COLLABORATION

SET IN BONE

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LET SARAS SLEEP

KINKY THE FISH

IRIS

HELLO BOKKIE

GIRL GONE GLITCHY

FOXY

FOREVER

FENCE DARNING

EMBELLISHED AND DISPOSABLE

EDIE SEDGWICK

DAHLIA IN 71

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HANDMADE PATCHES

BAT

A TRIBUTE

A GIFT OF 30

ALPACALYPSE

FOXING

A LITTLE LOUIS

SILENCE

CHEWY & OTHER STAR WARS THINGS

A PLACE FOR A RAP NAP

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BE A RIVER WITH ME x JORDAN METCALF

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HAND NAAI

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Capsule Projects exhibition

Fast food

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DOM

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Danielle Clough Nike fruit

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