An artist and practicing weaver, Maryann Talia Pau is the founder of the “One Million Stars to End Violence” project, in which Lotus is a “Star Weave” partner. Pau — who was born in Samoa, grew up in New Zealand, and now lives in Australia — makes breastplates and body adornment using both traditional and contemporary weaving techniques.  The co-founder of Pacific Women’s Weaving Circle, Pau helped launch a partnership between the Office of Commonwealth Games Arts & Cultural program and “One Million Stars.” This collaborative effort aims to bring together all one-million stars woven by participants and communities around the world by July 2017, for a major installation at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. Pau will travel extensively throughout 2016 to promote the project and to run star weaving workshops with diverse communities around the world. Pau’s works and collaborations have been featured in Australia’s Gallery of Modern Art and acquired by the National Gallery of Victoria.

Maryann will be conducting free talks and star-weaving workshops throughout the Festival weekend, including at the Mathers Museum (Wednesday evening), in the Festival Arts Village (Friday evening) and at Lotus in the Park (Saturday afternoon):

Wednesday 7:00-8:00pm, Mathers Museum of World Cultures
Friday, 8:30-9:30, Festival Arts Village
Saturday, 1:30-2:15 pm, IU Global Education Pavilion, Lotus in the Park
Saturday, 3:00-5:00 pm, “Meet & Weave,” Art Camp, Lotus in the Park

(Image credit: Selina Ou, NGV Melbourne Now, 2013)