Tell us a little bit about your label (art) and what you do? 

Emperor Qin’s (pronounced Chin’s) Knots began at the Eveleigh Artisan Market (Carriageworks, Redfern) in 2008.
Using leather, we make bags, necklaces, bracelets, wall hangings or whatever takes our fancy, using Chinese knots as embellishments.

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What inspires your work?

I love the smell & feel of leather, & I love Chinese knots, one in particular – the Chinese call it a 10-Accord knot.
The knot is made using continuous strands and to the auspicious minded represents a long, prosperous and happy harmonious life. Combining the 2 allows me to create a symbolic & beautiful object that can be used. I love how this utilitarian craft can be simultaneously seen as a functioning object (e.g. by way of buttons & clasps), but also as a beautiful piece of art.

What jobs have you done other than being an artist? 

Mainly worked in fashion – in design & product development

What memorable responses have you had to your work? 

A request from the Art Gallery of NSW to stock my products.


One thing you can’t live without?

My family (husband & 14 yr old daughter)

What gets you up in the morning? 

Haha, a commitment to work…

How would your best friend describe you in 3 words?

Fun, crazy, outgoing.

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What is the next skill you want to learn?

To learn to speak fluent Italian

What is your dream project? 

To live in Italy for a year

Favourite or most inspirational place in Sydney?

Sydney Harbour

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What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given? 

Be yourself & have fun in whatever you do.

What advice would you give to new, aspiring Makers? 

“Just keep swimming” – Nemo

And most importantly, what would your ultimate karaoke song be?

Really? Sorry, don’t do karaoke.

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Want more Emperor Qin’s Knots?

In store now at Work-Shop Makery – 106 Oxford Street Darlinghurst NSW