Please bring florists'/tear ribbon (you can get it from any local $2 shops) and craft needles, wool and some ribbon offcuts for lei making.
Get your weave on, learn to weave an 8 point star and become part of the ‘1 Million Stars to End Violence’ weaving community.
To date, around 14,000 stars have been woven for the Million Stars Project and 11,000 stars were displayed last December at The Big Design Market. We’re teaming up again this again to another installation and we want to try and double what was made last year.
In this workshop, the aim will be to make at least 3 stars, one to gift to someone you don’t know in the class, one to keep for yourself (to keep sharing the story) and one to leave for the next installation in December in Melbourne.
We’ll start with a short story of how the project started, the significance of the star to Pasifika peoples and Maryann’s work as an artist and weaver. Then:
Born in Apia, Samoa, Maryann Talia Pau is an artist and practising ‘Matuauu’ – Samoan for super weaver. She makes woven breastplates/body adornment for exhibitions (affectionately referred to as ‘Pasifika Bling’) and has made bling for singing sister’s Vika and Linda Bull, ABC/Triple R broadcaster Namila Benson, Nai Palm from Hiatus Kaiyote and for a fashion collaboration with The Social Studio for L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival, 2011.
Maryann is also a co-founder and manager of the Pacific Women’s Weaving Circle (2010), was selected for Melbourne’s Top 100 in 2011 (fancy!) and has a national weaving project called “Please, Can I Weave With You?”.
Now based in Brisbane, Maryann continues to work on lots of things (like keeping her plants alive and getting her t-shirt label out) including the epic, 1 Million Stars to End Violence project.
Questions about the class? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The featured image is borrowed and edited, with thanks, from John Englezos under a Creative Commons license.
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