Empress Wu Designs specialises in creating handmade treasures.
Empress Wu Designs started off as a hobby and it now brings me joy to create and teach others to find their own creative expression. I call my art works “handmade treasures” which are inspired by people, places, heritage and literature, and are influenced by an eclectic range of media and approaches.
I can’t boast of a childhood interest in creating art, unless designing paper clothes for paper cut out dolls counts! After University when I married and lived in small isolated country towns, I joined spinning, weaving, macramé and pottery craft groups and sewed, knitted and crocheted clothes for myself and our children. My interest in textiles remained a hobby while I followed a career in English and Drama teaching. Cloth doll making, embroidery and beading alleviated the everyday work stress of being a high school principal, a job which also gave me great joy and satisfaction.
Not being a “retiring” type, when I finished full time work in 2005, I began to teach beading and art doll making, gave birth to Empress Wu Designs, volunteered with a village project in Papua New Guinea and became an accredited Contemporary Clay Instructor (polymer clay and precious metal clay – silver).
My current work is a coalescence of both past and newly acquired skills, techniques and ideas.
I loved my work as a high school principal. Even more, I now love the flexibility and luxury of spending time my grandchildren, doing community work with my Rotary club and creating handmade treasures.
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
Australian customers, I will also accept money orders and direct deposit in local currency. Please contact me for further information.
A purchase may be cancelled if payment is not received within seven days of ordering.
"Lay by" arrangements / part payments can also be made by contacting me and negotiating a suitable plan.
Estimated time of delivery within Australia (depending on the state) is 1-4 days.
Estimated time of delivery to most other countries is 7-10 days.
All purchases are posted within 24 hours of receving payment. Once the item has been posted and each buyer is notified of that date, I cannot be responsibile for any delays in delivery.
All purchases are packed in post office recommended packaging for the safest possible delivery.
Items will be gift wrapped and sent to a person other than the purchaser for no additional cost if a special request is made.
Refunds and Exchanges
If the item is considered not appropriate for its purpose (eg wrong colour, unwanted gift etc), I will exchange it or offer a credit on another purchase. Return postage is the responsibility of the buyer.