Online exhibition: 1 million stars

Online exhibition: 1 million stars

Welcome to the online home of 1 Million Stars, an exhibition by Maryann Talia Pau showing at private BCM Crucible Gallery from 11 Sept – 4 Nov 2015. The exhibition is curated by Danielle Harvey, the current recipient of BCM and artisan’s Emerging Curator Mentorship.


About the BCM Crucible Gallery

artisan formed a partnership with BCM in 2011 which involves the curation of a number of exhibitions in the Crucible Gallery space within the BCM office to showcase the best of Queensland craft and design artists, as well as an Emerging Curator program.

The Emerging Curator program develops the talents of an emerging arts curator under the guidance of the artisan team, and the program was recognised in the 2012 Australia Council’s Young and Emerging Artists category of the AbaF Queensland Awards. The artisan/BCM partnership is helping to develop future arts leaders, support Queensland’s craft and design community, and also provides exhibition opportunities for Queensland’s talented artists.

About 1 Million Stars

“Returning hate for hate only multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.”

Maryann Talia Pau is a Samoan born weaving artist now based in Brisbane. Her work is inspired by the healing and calming elements of traditional Samoan weaving techniques and Pacifica culture, in which weaving is a communal activity where people share and learn with each other.

1 Million Stars is an installation that features hand woven stars made for Maryann’s 1 Million Stars to End Violence collaborative weaving project, established in 2012. The project brings people from around the world together to experience the healing elements of traditional Samoan weaving techniques and share a message of love, hope and courage to end violence.

1 Million Stars to End Violence began in Brunswick, Victoria, after local woman, Jill Meagher, was tragically raped and murdered near Maryann’s studio in 2012. Although Maryann did not know Jill personally, she felt the heavy impact of grief and despair that overcame her local community as a result of Jill’s death. After volunteering to collect written messages for Jill’s vigil, Maryann felt she could not find the right words to express her grief and sadness. However, after seeing a card tributed to Jill inspired by the passionate words of Dr Martin Luther King Jr, Maryann was moved to weave colourful stars that aimed to bring light to the community and share a heartfelt message of love and courage that she felt she could not express through words.

Shortly after, Maryann began inviting others to weave stars with her, aiming to collect one million stars by 2018. By setting a goal of weaving one million stars within this timeframe, Maryann reinforces how monumental the task of ending violence really is. At the same time, she highlights that such a large goal may be achievable by working together.

Maryann’s weaving project facilitates a space of collaboration and generosity; a safe space where people can work together to begin the healing process and deal with the acts of violence that affect us all. Each colourful hand woven star tells an individual story of someone who has been inspired to put a stop to violence, whether the weaver has been directly affected by violence, or just wants to extend their hope for a world without violence.

We invite you to be part of the 1 Million Stars to End Violence project by weaving your own star. Every extra star that is woven during this exhibition will go to Maryann, to help reach her goal of one million stars – to be exhibited in a large scale installation in Queensland in 2018.

The 1 Million Stars project allows you to immerse yourself in the weaving process, share your own messages of hope and courage, and become a part of a wider community that hopes to make the world a better place through acts of collaboration and generosity.

Essay by Danielle Harvey


Photographs courtesy of BCM Partnership.