One Million Stars to End Violence
"Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night
already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." - Dr Martin Luther King Jnr
Woven stars as a love heart.
Photo: Mark Yettica-Paulson, 2016
An installation of one million woven stars by over 15 countries, committed to working together to end all forms of violence.
The One Million Stars to End Violence project began in 2012 as my personal response to a local tragedy where a young woman named Jill Meagher was raped and murdered. Feeling sad and angry, I was moved by the love and solidarity of my community in Brunswick. I decided to do something that felt natural and healing for me at the time. I decided to weave. What began as a very intimate process, grew into an offering to others locally and around the world - I wanted to invite and welcome others, to weave together and be in community, not only in times of crisis but every day. Inspired by Dr Martin Luther King Jnr’s words of being light and love in our communities, I invited people around the world to join me in weaving one million stars as a symbol of our daily commitment and solidarity to end ALL forms of violence, together. Bullying, racism, violence against women and children, what ever form of violence you care about, weaving a star means you're committed to doing better and that we are in this together. Reaching one million stars was never as important as reaching out and welcoming others to participate and be in conversation. We soon realised we were doing much more than weaving. We found connection and relationships with others, built new friendships and created safe welcoming spaces for everyone. We were creating love and light and passing it on to others through star weaving. We were working together - weaving stars, cutting ribbon, making plates of food and cups of tea, connecting local services and authorities with specialist care, going into schools and retirement villages, you name it. The Star Community continues to grow and have impact.
Weaving communities of courage to end violence.
Shining a light on the prevention and support services available.
Working together to create belonging and dignity for everyone.
Young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participants of the Queensland Reds Leadership Camp.
Photo: Mark Yettica-Paulson, 2016
I'm a Samoan-Australian artist and practising weaver based in the Redland's, Quandamooka Country, Queensland. My weaving practice is based on exchange and collaboration. Born in Samoa and raised in Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand & Australia, I am a maker of 'Pasifika bling' and co-founder of the Pacific Women's Weaving Circle and Super Native Unlimited. My work began by weaving and making breastplates and body adornment. Weaving helps me to find healing, connection to community, my family and cultures. In 2012 I created the One Million Stars to End Violence project, an international weaving project inviting the public to weave one million stars as symbols of light and peace. The resulting installation was part of Festival 2018 during the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
Maryann’s other interests include mental health, business and the environment.
My current projects:
Island Fashion - GOMA. 10 AUG 2019 - 15 MARCH 2020. Samoa & PNG collaboration with Ranu James.
The Pacific Choirs Project. Redland Performing Arts Centre. AUG 2020
Co-Founder & Co-Chief - Super Native Unlimited.
Mo Lo'u Tama breastplate by Maryann Talia Pau (Left)
Acquired by the National Gallery of Victoria. 2010.
Photo: Steven Rhall 2010