In the Spotlight: Maryann Talia Pau

Mark Yettica-Paulson


Update (1/4/2015):

Engage Arts is excited to invite you to our ‘1 Million Stars to End Violence’ weaving workshop, which will be held as part of the U.R{BNE} Festival.

The weaving workshop will be open from 4.30pm – 8.30pm at the BrisStyle IndieTwilight Markets. You are welcome to come at anytime and spend as much time as you like weaving stars.

The 1 Million Stars to End Violence Project

Maryann Talia Pau is a Samoan-Australian artist and weaver, whose weaving project, 1 Million Stars to End Violence, shares a beautiful message of love and hope. Her 1 Million Stars to End Violence installations have been displayed at the National Gallery of Victoria, Gallery artisan, The Sydney Opera House, and in Brisbane’s Queen Street Mall as part of the G20 Summit celebrations.

Maryann is a self-taught artist who has been practicing traditional Samoan weaving techniques for the past 12 years. While utilising traditional Samoan materials and weaving techniques is an important part of Maryann’s work, the making process is core to her creative practice. For Maryann, the making process brings spiritual elements of healing, fulfilment, and connections to her work. These spiritual elements are central to her 1 Million Stars to End Violence weaving project.

1 Million Stars to End Violence is an international weaving project that aims to end violence by bringing people together to weave stars. People from around the world are invited to host star weaving workshops, with the aim of creating 1 million stars by 2018. Maryann began the project in Brunswick, Victoria, as a personal response to the tragic rape and murder of Jill Meagher in 2012. She started weaving colourful stars as a token of love, passion and generosity. Soon after, Maryann began organising collective weaving workshops, where people can weave their own stars to contribute to the project. Maryann’s weaving workshops create a space of solidity and generosity; a safe space where people can begin the healing process and deal with terrible acts of violence that effect us all in some way.

Each colourful star tells the story of someone who has been moved to end violence. Whether the weaver has been directly affected by violence or just wants to share their love and support, the 1 Million Stars to End Violence project invites us to come together to bring light, courage, and hope to victims of violence.

All you have to do is follow the instructions, get weaving, and go to the 1 Million Stars website for details on where to send them.

– Danielle


Nik Harrison

Maryann Talia Pau



 Image 1: Mark Yettica-Paulson, 2013. Courtesy of the artist.

Image 2: 1 Million Stars to End Violence Installation, The Big Design Market Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton. Photograph by Nik Harrison, 2013. Courtesy of the artist.

Image 3: Photograph by Maryann Tali Pau, 2013. Courtesy of the artist.

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