Interview With An Artist – Ema Shin

Each Thursday at 11:45am we profile an Australian artist – be they a sculptor, painter, drawer, weaver – someone working in the creative sphere.  

Ema Shin is a softly spoken textile artist born in Japan to a lineage of both Japanese and Korean family. She now lives in Melbourne with her husband and two children. Ema uses the age old craft of embroidery and weaving to create powerful, feminine pieces. Pieces that honour the women in her life, such as her mother and her grandmother. You see in Korean family trees, it’s tradition is to track the men, namely the first born males.  In Ema’s family tree of 35 generations, a treasured book held by her grandfather, there is not one woman’s name. Which is really interesting because it takes two to tango right? And then a woman has to give birth to a baby for the next generation of the family tree to continue. 

You can check out Ema’s work on Instagram at the handle @ema.shin

Ema Shin joined me from her Melbourne studio, for this week’s Interview With An Artist. For the full interview, head to the Interview With An Artist podcast


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