Frequently Asked Questions
About the project
What is the project about?
One Million Stars to End Violence is a global weaving project that has inspired individuals, groups and communities to weave stars to create light, hope and peace in the world.
In partnership with the Queensland Government, the project received stars from all over the world, for an installation in the heart of Brisbane’s CBD as part of Festival 2018 during the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018).
One million stars were received from star weavers across 15 countries including Nigeria, USA, Canada, Kenya, Barbados, Fiji, Tonga, Japan, New Zealand, Malaysia, Samoa, Scotland, England, Cook Islands and Australia.
As part of Festival 2018, Museum of Brisbane presented a spectacular public art installation of one million stars from the 29th March to the 15th April 2018 in King George Square, Brisbane.
Why did you start the project?
I started the One Million Stars to End Violence project in 2012 as a personal response to a local tragedy. I wanted to find a way of bringing people together to support each other, not only in times of crisis but every day. I was inspired by the words of Dr Martin Luther King Jnr, of being light and love in our communities. I sent a message out on social media and invited the world to join me in weaving one million stars and to create an installation by 2018.
In 2016, I partnered with the Queensland Government and together we made the One Million Stars installation dream a reality, as part of Festival 2018 in Brisbane during the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Why one million stars?
I chose the target of one million because it demonstrates how monumental the work of creating peace across the world is. It reminds us that every one of us can do something, however small or big, to ensure that others feel ok, safe and loved.
One person can’t work to end all violence in the world. Hundreds, thousands, millions of people are needed to work together and find different ways to care for others and the world we live in.
What does the star represent?
The eight pointed star is a treasured craft from the Pacific that has a few variations and is woven in the Torres Strait Islands, Samoa, Aotearoa (New Zealand) and other parts of the world, including Hungary, Germany and Sweden.
The star is special for me as an artist and Pasifika woman because it reminds me of the stories of my ancestors and their voyages across the oceans to settle the Pacific Islands. They had to navigate the stars and be brave, bold and creative to explore the oceans and find their way home. When things are difficult, I look up and remember my navigating stars and it helps me to focus and find my way.
The beauty of this project is that the stars will mean something different for everyone.
Overall I hope the sight of one million stars showed just how much we can achieve when we work together to create change and that it inspires hope, pride and belonging in our communities.
What kinds of individuals, groups and communities have contributed to the project?
Stars for the One Million Stars installation were received from star weavers from 15 countries including Nigeria, USA, Canada, Kenya, Barbados, Fiji, Tonga, Japan, New Zealand, Malaysia, Samoa, Scotland, England, Cook Islands and Australia.
Many groups contributed to the installation including - young people, seniors, arts, volunteer and multicultural groups, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders groups and services, schools, councils and libraries.
How can we end violence by weaving stars?
Star weaving is a mindful, joyful and creative practice which allows us to come together, to chat or be still, to make new friends or just to have some time out and learn something new and create something beautiful.
My hope is that if we all practise kindness in our personal relationships, our workplaces, neighbourhoods and communities that we can create a more peaceful world and in turn end violence.
Many groups and communities have woven stars to support different social causes that are of importance to them. Others have used star weaving as a craft activity or a mindfulness practice that has no social agenda.
We understand this project has had a powerful impact for some people. If anyone feels the need for emotional support, please speak with someone you trust or seek professional advice. A list of national helplines and websites can be found on the Beyond Blue website. .
Why are projects like One Million Stars important in our communities?
Star weavers have reported many benefits from the project including meeting new people, learning a new skill, getting involved with the community, and reducing isolation through an increased sense of belonging.
Can I still weave stars and hold star weaving workshops?
You / and or your community are welcome to continue weaving stars. Many around the world are still weaving because it's fun, relaxing and helps bring people together to keep talking and finding solutions.
We are currently collecting stars for an installation at the Gold Coast Mosque for their Christchurch Memorial service on Sunday 15 March. Everyone is Welcome. Stars can sent or delivered to Rana by Friday 13 March 2020: Multicultural Families Organisation. 79B Scarborough Street. Southport. QLD 4215.
How many stars did the project receive?
2.4 million stars were received for the installation, far more than ever expected!
In partnership with the Queensland Government, Museum of Brisbane created an installation of One Million Stars, and stars were also made available to local artists in Brisbane, Townsville and Cairns to be able to create smaller installations of their own at Festival 2018 sites. Stars were also used to create displays in the Games’s Village and Carrara Stadium on the Gold Coast.
The Queensland Government showcased our stars and message of peace across four cities during the Games. What an amazing platform!
Who created the installation?
The Queensland Government contracted the Museum of Brisbane and Lumen Cloud to create the One Million Stars installation in Brisbane as part of Festival 2018 during GC2018.
The installation was on display in King George Square in Brisbane from the 29 March to the 15 April 2018.
Where did the stars go after the installation??
Individuals, group and communities contributed stars the installation in Brisbane as part of Festival 2018 during the Games.
After Festival 2018, the One Million Stars to End Violence project kept a number of the stars strings for future projects. In addition, a number of stars were donated to Reverse Garbage Queensland (RGQ), a registered charity that strives to protect our environment.
Will the project continue after the installation?
My partnership with the Queensland Government to deliver the installation as part of Festival 2018 has ended.
People and communities can continue to weave stars and create their own smaller installations. I won't be receiving any more. Any future projects or plans for the project will be announced via OMS social media and the website. Contact you local organisations, eg. your local kindergarten, schools, retirement villages, hospitals etc if you wish to donate your stars.