About EQK

Empress Qin (aka Karen Kwok) was born in Australia from Chinese immigrant parents and graduated from University of Technology, Sydney, (UTS) in fashion & textile design. She has had an extensive career in the clothing manufacturing industry particularly in Design & Product Development.

EQK allows her to continue her path into creating practical and beautiful objects. ​She currently lectures at UTS, Billy Blue College of Design, Raffles College of Design & Commerce, and guest lectured at Ultimo TAFE.

Personal Statement

Emperor Qin's Knots

Leather Accessories Using Chinese Knots - Made in Australia


“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."

"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.”