When: Saturday Feb 28th & Saturday March 7th
Time: 10am to 12pm
Where: at Habitots, 146 Bridport St, Albert Park VIC
Who: anyone who wants to try star weaving, kids and adults alike. This is more suited to kids age 5+ but little ones can come along and do some other craft, while mums and older kids practice their weaving magic.
Cost: Free! (we'll be taking gold coin donations for the One Million Stars to End Violence campaign
In September 2012 Australia was devastated by the rape and murder of Brunswick woman, Jill Meagher. The local community quickly came together to not only support one another, but to raise awareness for the need to prevent violence against women.
Samoan Australian artist Maryann Talia Pau was one of the local residents who was profoundly saddened by Jill’s passing and began weaving stars out of ribbon as a personal response to her tragic death.
“A vigil was built for Jill by local women at Brunswick Baptist Church and that’s where I began weaving stars while I helped to collect written messages for Jill’s family. I couldn’t find any words to write to Jill, but I felt moved to weave stars instead.
The stars are inspired by a quote by Dr Martin Luther King Jnr that I saw in the sea of flowers for Jill. It reads:
“Returning hate for hate, only multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness can not drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate can not drive out hate; only love can do that.”
Maryann taught herself to weave stars five years ago, based on a fish weave she had learn’t growing up in Auckland, New Zealand. Since then Maryann has taught many others how to weave the stars and now she wants to share them with as many people as possible in an effort to end violence.
“My hope is that we can use the power of light to build friendships and trust, and be part of a community that stands up to violence using the healing power of art and making together”. Since then more than 25,000 stars have been woven by schools, mental health patients, engineers, designers, doctors and religious groups from communities across Australia, New Zealand, Europe and the United States.
The goal is to invite people to participate and learn, to create their own star weaving workshops and installation in their communities, then send them in by 2017 for a display of 1 million stars in one place in 2018.
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