‘The 8 pointed star comes from many cultures around the world including Europe, Asia and the Pacific Islands. The star is an important symbol for me as an artist, weaver and woman of the Pacific because it reminds me of our ancestors and their courage and innovation to navigate the oceans using the light of the stars. The star I teach in my workshops was taught to me by artist Ceferino (Nino) Sabatino from Waiben (Thursday) Island in the Torres Strait, during a weaving exchange. It is also the technique that my mother used when growing up in Samoa.’ Maryann Talia Pau
The 1 Million Stars to End Violence project represents a grassroots, activist social movement rich in purpose and powerful impact. The project began in Brunswick, Victoria, as the personal response of master weaver and contemporary design artist Maryann Talia Pau to the murder of Jill Meagher.
The woven stars are symbols of light, courage and solidarity to end all forms of violence, including violence against women, bullying and racism.
Over five million stars have already been woven by communities across Australia, New Zealand, Europe and the United States, and an installation of one million stars is planned for Queensland in 2018.
Sydney Observatory invites you to join us for our Wednesday Star Weave Jams throughout Multicultural March to weave your own star to add to this important installation.
For more information about the 1 Million Stars to End Violence project visit onemillionstars.net.