Daisie Jo Grobler is a Joburg-based collage artist, fashion designer, and assistant creative director at Marianne Fassler who’s fast making a name for herself in South Africa’s creative industry.
Having grown up in Ladybrand in the Eastern Free State, a border town near Maseru, Lesotho, Grobler cites the unique blend of sights, sounds, and everyday encounters of her hometown as a source of inspiration for her early work. At 20 years old, when she was still a student at the Elizabeth Galloway Academy of Fashion Design in Stellenbosch, Grobler was a finalist in ELLE’s Rising Star Design Awards.
Since then, the artist has gone on to feature in publications across the country, form part of the team over at Marianne Fassler, and take part in the group exhibition The Whole is Greater than the Sum of its Parts at Kalashnikovv gallery.
Grobler is part of a new wave of creatives, merging visual art with design and fashion in a way that’s both sophisticated, playful, and accessible. Needless to say, she’s a young creative to keep an eye on.